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09-10-2009

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Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-27, 0:58 AM

First, I got my ThinkPad T500 about a month ago and am loving it. Great performance, great build... overall I really enjoy it and have virtually replaced my desktop and work workstation with it.

 

I'm willing to be patient with the Windows Seven upgrade (at the moment it is "pending fulfillment") but if someone has the time to entertain my curiosity: why isn't this available via digital distribution? Most people I know who got Seven were able to download it the same day it was released - yet me and the rest of the people who got an upgrade from a computer manufacturer have to wait. Is this one of those notorious OEM requirements Microsoft has imposed or a decision made by Lenovo? If the latter, I would strongly recommend that this be taken a look into in the future. I would of wholeheartedly opted to download the installation media and license rather then it being shipped... and this would remove the extra cost to me for shipping charges and the time and money Lenovo had to spend in distributing it themselves.

 

Does anyone have any insight into this?

 

Thanks

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11-29-2007

Lenovo Campus in Morrisville, NC

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-27, 1:22 AM

According to the software licensing agreement with Microsoft, OEM's have options as to how to provide OS media to it's customers. Lenovo decided to provide an actual install DVD as opposed to a download option. Having the actual media in hand from Lenovo negates any download issues with incomplete downloads or corrupted downloads.

Our OEM upgrade kits started shipping the day our license agreement with MS allowed us to.  We have a large number of orders to fill and my information is that all copies will have shipped by the end of this week.

I'm not sure how Lenovo will handle future Microsoft OS releases, but I wil certainly provide your input into

that discussion when the time comes.

The cost of the upgrade is shipping only. The $17USD for shipping a copy of Windows 7 professional upgrade  is certainly less expensive than the $199USD cost of a Windows 7 upgrade SKU that I have seen in my local Best Buy.

 

Terry

Lenovo Windows 7 Development Team

Lenovo Enterprise Systems Expert

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11-27-2007

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-27, 14:08 PM

We don't provide recovery CDs, people complain...

We provide recovery CDs, people complain...

 

(sigh)

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08-03-2009

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-27, 21:49 PM

 


wrote:

We don't provide recovery CDs, people complain...

We provide recovery CDs, people complain...

 

(sigh)


 

The DVDs that people will obtain from the Lenovo Windows 7 upgrade programme are not recovery DVDs, are they?

 

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11-27-2007

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-27, 21:55 PM

 


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The DVDs that people will obtain from the Lenovo Windows 7 upgrade programme are not recovery DVDs, are they?


That's correct, they will not be recovery cds. See Matt's post here.

 

 

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-27, 21:58 PM

 


wrote:

 


wrote:

 

The DVDs that people will obtain from the Lenovo Windows 7 upgrade programme are not recovery DVDs, are they?


That's correct, they will not be recovery cds. See Matt's post here.

 


 Thanks for the clarification, Andy. Matt's comment was a bit confusing... :smileyhappy:

 

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10-28-2009

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-28, 16:24 PM

Hi Guys

 

How do I get a Windows 7 Professional CD for my R61i using the upgrade program?

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10-30-2009

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-10-30, 20:52 PM

Matt's comment implies that computers bought during the free upgrade period are an exception to Microsoft's rules, yet the rest of the comment contradicts that:

 

(Quote)

Microsoft's regulations state that we can only ship a Windows recovery CD set equal to the COA on the bottom of the system (with the exception of those machines during the free upgrade program time period). If your system has a Vista COA, we are prohibited from sending you a Win 7 recovery CD set.

(Unquote)

 

The free-upgrade computers are the exception to the "must match COA" rule, OR "No Win 7 recovery discs for Vista COA machines" (which EVERY "free-upgrade" machine would have)? I am VERY confused. Can anyone tell me which part of Matt's quote is correct? Thanks.

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-11-03, 4:40 AM
I fixed the formatting of my above post to the way I had intended it originally. Can anyone clarify what part of the quoted comment is correct? Thanks.
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12-02-2007

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Re: Just a question about the windows seven upgrade program

2009-11-03, 6:49 AM
The position in generally similar to this......
  •  Microsoft has made a limited-time, market-wide,  promotional,  launch offer for Windows 7.

 

  • It covers systems purchased brand new and carrying specified Vista COAs (not all Vista versions are specified)

 

  • The Microsoft offer is to receive an upgrade disk and licence for a version of standard  Windows 7 which is equivalent (in Microsoft's reckoning) to the standard  Vista version on the system COA .  The terms and conditions of the upgrade offer licence cover the specific conditions of the upgrade offer and what constitutes a valid license under the offer. 

 

  • The upgrade offer does not vary the normal licensing conditions for other packaging of Vista or Windows 7.

 

  • The standard Windows 7 Upgrade disk set supplied as part of the offer is not  intended for a clean install from "bare metal" (though it can be used that way with a bit on effort), rather it is a disk which is intended to upgrade an existing Windows installation.   It most certainly is not a disk set for what Lenovo refers to as a "factory recovery" .

 

Cheers,

 

Bill 

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