[jaws-uk] Re: Windows 7

  • From: "Tristram Llewellyn" <tristram.llewellyn@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <jaws-uk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2009 10:05:47 +0100

There are a variety of really weird and aggravating things going on with
Windows 7.0 in Europe mostly to do with this IE business that the EU has
kicked up about.  The result of Microsoft's two fingered gesture to the
European Union, we will not get IE8 shipped with Windows 7.0 as the rest
of the world does . The result of that pre-emptive move by Microsoft is
that in technical terms there won't be upgrade versions of Windows 7.0
supplied to us in Europe because they cannot in software decouple
Internet Explorer from the existing setup of Windows as part of the
upgrade process so technically it becomes impossible for a user to do an
in place upgrade (where you have a Windows already and install of the
top to upgrade it).  This is very common for non-tech users.  Those who
hope they can doan in-place upgrade of XP are out of luck, it is only a
clean install situation.

The practical upshot (and possibly the silver lining) of this is that
Microsoft will make avaiable the full version of Windows 7.0 to
Europoean customes at the upgrade price.  This will handily facilitate
clean install for those who prefer to to do this but you will still be
minus a browser (which would otherwise be IE8).  There is also a crazy
pre-sale thing happening which starts mid-July through participating
dealers where Windows will be available for pre-order at very favourable

The official release date by the way is October 22nd, 2009.


Tristram Llewellyn
Sight and Sound Technology
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