There’s a little rumour going around the internet at the moment.
If you remember, when the launch of Windows Vista was approaching, Microsoft did a ‘Free Upgrade’ program, meaning that users who bought a PC with Windows XP Media Center 2005 from a certain date (I think that was the case – maybe it was all versions of XP… I can’t remember) would get a free express upgrade to Windows Vista when it was launched.
Well, it would appear that Microsoft are taking this approach again, but for Windows 7. So, if the rumour is true, if you buy a Windows Vista PC (Home Premium, Business or Ultimate I think) anywhere from June 26th and October 22nd (Windows 7 launch date), you’ll get a free upgrade to Windows 7.
So if you are thinking of buying a new PC or laptop, hold off a couple of weeks and wait for the campaign to start.
Here’s another little rumour going round too: As well as Windows Vista preinstalled machines having a free upgrade to Windows 7, it would appear that Microsoft is planning to start the Upgrade Program on boxed versions of Windows Vista too. So if you buy a separate copy of Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate, the chances are you’ll get a free upgrade to Windows 7 too.
Bare in mind this is all rumours – Microsoft still hasn’t confirmed what is happening with the Upgrade Program this time round as yet, so we’ll have to wait and see if the rumours are true.
It seems insane – the amount of money we have to fork out to have our products fitted. If you’re an amateur with tech and all the latest gadgetry, it might seem sensible to have an “expert” come to your house and fit your product for you.
But at what price are you paying for this service? I’ve been looking around on the internet, and I was horrified at some of the costs for fitting basic items in the home.
For example, a well-known UK company (who’s name I will not mention) is charging £200 to fit a television in your home with a wall-mount. And the wall-mount isn’t even included. £200?!! For a vaguely experienced person it takes all of 20-30 minutes to fit a television so where the hell does that figure come from?
The same company is charging £90 to fit a PC in your home. That’s another 20 minute job for someone who has even a vague idea in computing.
Or how about £30 to install any software on your computers. For god’s sake – you don’t have to be a rocket-scientist to install a piece of software on a PC.
The list goes on – including £90 to set up a wireless router. No router included.
I think it’s horrifying that companies can take that much money out of your pocket for half and hours work. No wonder we are running out of money.
To say it makes me angry would be an understatement, but come on – these prices are gobsmacking.
Have you ever had kit fitted for you in your home? How expensive was that?