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Windows 7 RC & Beta a sneaky way to sell Win7 Ultimate

Steven
  • On August 17, 2009
  • http://www.winextra.com

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now but Ed Bott’s post today about Windows 7 customers paying for Microsoft’s wallet gouging Ultimate version of Vista only furthered a simmering anger I have with Microsoft at the moment. In his post Ed notes

With Windows 7, Microsoft is trying to do a complete U-turn on its messaging for the Ultimate edition, downplaying its importance in the lineup. The advanced feature set has been redistributed more reasonably, making Windows 7 Home Premium a perfectly good choice for most consumers and Windows 7 Professional a worthwhile substitute for Vista Ultimate (the only thing it’s missing is BitLocker and language packs). If you paid top dollar for Vista Ultimate because it was your only option, Microsoft says you can probably choose a less expensive Windows 7 edition.

There’s only one problem with this, every beta and Release Candidate for Windows 7 has been of the Ultimate variety and at this point there is no way you will be able to go the upgrade route from the RC to the final retail version unless you buy the Ultimate version. Which means you are only left with two alternatives

  1. crossing your fingers and exporting all your settings using the Windows 7 Easy Transfer and then doing a complete fresh install of your Home Premium or Professional version. Then hope that you’ll be able to import everything back okay.
  2. Buy Windows 7 Ultimate and have an easy go of upgrading.

I’m sorry but that sucks and an underhanded way to increase the sales of a version of Windows 7 that I would say 90% of the consumers who have been using the Release Candidate don’t need. Ya I know all about the “dangers of being a beta tester” but really how hard would it be to be able to let people downgrade rather than appearing like a greedy prick by forcing us into this kind of decision.

Stupid move Microsoft.

Comments

  1. geogray

    I’m not sure that is a correct assumption. I listen to Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrot, and he claims to have upgraded from the RC to the release version and, I *THINK* he made the comment about upgrading to Home Premium, but I may be mistaken. At any rate, I think the upgrade path is Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate, Win 7 RC to Win 7 Home Premium will work, but I’m not positive about that.

  2. geogray

    I’m not sure that is a correct assumption. I listen to Windows Weekly with Paul Thurrot, and he claims to have upgraded from the RC to the release version and, I *THINK* he made the comment about upgrading to Home Premium, but I may be mistaken. At any rate, I think the upgrade path is Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate, Win 7 RC to Win 7 Home Premium will work, but I’m not positive about that.

  3. Steven Hodson

    To quote Ed Bott from his linked post
    <blockquote>
    Ah, but downgrading from Vista Ultimate to a lesser edition isn’t a supported option, and as far as I know there isn’t a hack to make this sort of in-place downgrade possible.
    </blockquote>
    that is pretty much what I have read elsewhere as well.

  4. Steven Hodson

    To quote Ed Bott from his linked post
    <blockquote>
    Ah, but downgrading from Vista Ultimate to a lesser edition isn’t a supported option, and as far as I know there isn’t a hack to make this sort of in-place downgrade possible.
    </blockquote>
    that is pretty much what I have read elsewhere as well.

  5. Keith (a.k.a. Tsudo)

    I agree that this is pretty shady but not entirely unexpected from MS. However, any Microsoft professional will tell you that upgrading is never a good idea. Always wipe and load from scratch if at all possible.

  6. Keith (a.k.a. Tsudo)

    I agree that this is pretty shady but not entirely unexpected from MS. However, any Microsoft professional will tell you that upgrading is never a good idea. Always wipe and load from scratch if at all possible.

  7. Steven Hodson

    Oh I have played with enough versions of Windows and put together enough machines over the years to know that a full clean install is the best. XP as good as it was meant having to do either a reinstall from image or fresh every year almost. I just think that not providing a clean downgrade – so to speak – is underhanded.

  8. Steven Hodson

    Oh I have played with enough versions of Windows and put together enough machines over the years to know that a full clean install is the best. XP as good as it was meant having to do either a reinstall from image or fresh every year almost. I just think that not providing a clean downgrade – so to speak – is underhanded.

  9. Pierre

    From personal experience, the W7 migration wizard is perfectly adequate for a reinstall scenario – for MS software at least. For 3rd-party software, some settings will not be migrated properly. The list of supported applications is limited and almost impossible to find. The *real* underhanded maneuvre, however, is the decision by MS not to provide an e-mail client nor a newsreader. This only leaves a choice of “Windows Live Essentials”, which is mainly a POS (migrated mail rules work only once in a while, and the inability to empty all “junk mail” folders or all “deleted items” with a single click is a definite PITA) in its present state, or 3rd-party software, including MS Outlook – which costs a bundle, but does import the mails and rules properly.

  10. Pierre

    From personal experience, the W7 migration wizard is perfectly adequate for a reinstall scenario – for MS software at least. For 3rd-party software, some settings will not be migrated properly. The list of supported applications is limited and almost impossible to find. The *real* underhanded maneuvre, however, is the decision by MS not to provide an e-mail client nor a newsreader. This only leaves a choice of “Windows Live Essentials”, which is mainly a POS (migrated mail rules work only once in a while, and the inability to empty all “junk mail” folders or all “deleted items” with a single click is a definite PITA) in its present state, or 3rd-party software, including MS Outlook – which costs a bundle, but does import the mails and rules properly.

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