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Free Windows Vista Upgrade Coupons Starting October

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Thanks to Microsoft's sluggishness in getting their Vista operating system out, and thus, missing Christmas '06, they're offering free upgrade coupons to new computer buyers starting October. If you buy a "Vista-capable PC" later this year, you'll get a coupon for a free upgrade to Windows Vista when it does come out Q1 2007.


This promotion is most likely a way to placate angry PC manufacturers like Dell, who would see a sharp drop in sales thanks to people waiting until Vista was out to buy a new PC. Instead, now they can still go ahead an buy a computer for Christmas and still get their Vista-fix next year. It's a win-win for manufacturers and customers.

Free Windows Vista Upgrade Coupons for Windows XP Users [Digital Inspiration via Get a free upgrade to Windows Vista]


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It'd be nicer if they would work with PC makers and offer an updated recovery disc too (or instead). I bought a Dell right before XP came out (it had ME) and got a free upgrade. The only problem was I couldn't do a re-install without formatting, installing ME and then upgrading to XP.

Granted, I understand it's possible to create your own rescue disc and all, but 95% or more of PC users wouldn't feel comfortable trying that.