Microsoft sets Windows 7 upgrade prices

San Francisco (CA) – Microsoft has published a list of price points for various Windows 7 upgrades. The corporation also extolled the virtues of Windows Anytime Upgrade (WAU), a utility geared towards users ‘whose PC needs evolve to need a higher edition of Windows’.

“A customer may purchase a netbook thinking they would use primarily it for email. Over time, they find they are using that netbook as their primary every-day PC. That person decides they want their netbook to do more,” writes Brandon LeBlanc in an official blog post . “If the netbook is running Windows 7 Starter (or Windows 7 Home Basic in select markets), WAU makes it super easy to upgrade to Windows 7 Home Premium.”

LeBlanc explains that upgrading to Windows 7 Home Premium will allow users to take advantage of multiple features including Aero Peek, desktop themes and remote media streaming.

According to LeBlanc, Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Professional will be priced at $90, while Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 7 Ultimate is expected to sell for $140. The Family Pack – which allows for the installation of Window 7 Home Premium on up to 3 PCs – will retail for $150.

“Today, most homes have more than one PC in them. When you run Windows 7 on more than one PC on a home network, you can do more with features like HomeGroup. HomeGroup allows people to connect to PCs on their network and share files, music and photos with the whole family – easily,” said Le Blanc.

“After Windows 7 is released to market on October 22, you will be able to buy a retail package that contains an upgrade key at a store near you for any of the 3 paths I highlighted above.”