In order to spur consumers to buy netbooks now and not to wait until the Windows 7 operating system is released, some netbook companies are allowing free upgrades to Windows 7 for customers who currently purchase machines running Windows Vista. But of course, there’s always a catch.
First, here is a short description of the Windows 7 Upgrade Program:
So far, only two netbooks within the line of Asus’ Eee PCs are eligible for this upgrade – the 1101HA and the 1005HA. Neither of these netbooks are powered by the Intel Atom N270 processor.
But the limitations don’t stop here. Owners of the 1101HA must be running the Windows Home Premium version of the operating system, while owners of the 1005HA must be running either Windows XP Pro or Vista Business. The problem is that most netbooks are sold with the standard Windows XP Home version of the OS.
There are other Asus machines that may qualify for the Windows 7 Upgrade Program, but not very many. Could this possibly imply that the company isn’t too financially flexible (right now)? Maybe…but who can blame them, since most companies are in the same boat in this downturn economy.