Microsoft has announced plans to equip the upcoming Windows 7 operating system with a new Anytime Upgrade option.
The feature will allow users to move from entry-level editions of Windows 7 to premium packages.
The aim is to allow buyers the option of purchasing the Premium, Professional and Ultimate editions of Windows 7 without needing to run a complete reinstall.
Microsoft said that the new policy is designed to allow easy updates for customers who purchase the entry-level versions of Windows 7, and then want to add the additional features of the higher-priced versions of the operating system.
Under the Anytime Upgrade plan, buyers will have the option to upgrade from Windows 7 Starter to Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Prices will range from £69.99 to £139.99.
Users of the Home Premium and Professional versions will be offered similar updates for the higher editions.
However, Microsoft said that delays in deploying the upgrade SKUs for the special E version of Windows 7, means that customers in the UK will not be able to purchase the three-system Family Pack bundles of Windows 7 Home Premium.
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