Windows 7 already looks set to be a much bigger success for Microsoft than its previous Vista operating system, as thousands flocked to Amazon.co.uk to register for the upcoming operating system within hours of it becoming available for pre-order.
Amazon said that more copies of Windows 7 were pre-ordered from its UK site in eight hours than Windows Vista achieved in its entire 17-week pre-order period.
"Both Windows 7 upgrade packages shot to the top of the Amazon.com software bestseller chart in the US as soon as they were made available for pre-order at the end of June," said Chris Poad, director of software at Amazon UK.
"With the significant discount currently on offer, a similar level of high demand was expected in the UK for what is undoubtedly the biggest software release for many years."
Amazon has said that those pre-ordering Windows 7 from the site should receive their copy on 22 October, the official release day.
The Professional and Home Premium editions are available for £89.97 and £44.97 respectively, heavily discounted from the £219.99 and £149.99 official price tags.
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