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Offers good on XP computers purchased between October 25, 2006 and March 15, 2007:

Holiday PC buyers get Vista upgrade promiseBy Ina Fried, and Joris Evers, CNET
Published on ZDNet News: October 24, 2006


Getting the upgrade

While those who buy a big-name PC will handle the upgrade through the computer maker, those who buy from smaller PC makers--known as system builders--will get their software update directly from Microsoft.

In the U.S. version of the system builder program, owners of Windows XP Professional or Tablet PC Edition can upgrade to Windows Vista Business for the cost of shipping and handling. Similarly, Windows XP Media Center can move to Windows Vista Home Premium, again for the cost of shipping and handling.

Windows XP Home users can move to Vista Home basic for about $50 or to Vista Home Premium for $79, plus shipping and handling. That's about half the cost of the standard upgrade price in both cases.

As for the big-name PC makers, Hewlett-Packard said that it will offer free upgrades to XP buyers, though shipping and handling charges may apply. XP Home users can move to Vista Home Basic, Media Center Edition customers can move to Home Premium, and XP Pro buyers can move to Vista Business, again at no charge beyond the shipping and handling charge, HP said.

Dell's program is roughly similar, though the company is charging $45 plus shipping and handling for XP Home users to move to Vista Home Basic.


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