Windows 7 Pre-Orders In Europe

The pre-ordering phase began today in Germany, France and the United Kingdom. It seems to have been quite the rush as several stores are already notifying customers that the discounted pre-orders have sold out. This could either mean a very low supply of discounted pre-orders in the European countries or a high demand and rush to get these discounted versions of Windows 7. If you visit the German Amazon store you are notified for example that Windows 7 Home Premium sold out. The only two editions of Windows 7 available are the full price editions of Windows 7 Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate which are sold for €309.99 (about $430) and €319.99 (about $444) respectively.

The Amazon.co.uk store on the other hand is not offering Windows 7 Home Premium as well at this time but without any further information. Windows 7 Professional is still available for the discounted price of £89.97 (about $144) and will retail for £219 (about $356). Windows 7 Ultimate has no price tag yet as well.

Amazon.fr finally is not offering any edition of Windows 7 yet. They do list the Windows 7 Home Premium family pack and Windows 7 Professional on their site though. It is possible to order Windows 7 from another European country. German users who do not want to pay that much for Windows 7 Professional could make the purchase in the UK for example without problems. This would even be a bargain when the operating system can be purchased for its full price only but only if the user does not mind using an English operating system.

The only choices for European customers at this point are to either purchase the discounted Windows 7 Professional edition in the UK or hunt down another store that is offering Windows 7 discounts. All the online stores in Germany seem to be out of discounted products already so it is likely that the situation is similar in the UK and probably France. Let us know if you were able to buy Windows 7 for a discounted price or if you have spotted a store or shop that is still offering having stock.

Update: Seems that Amazon received a new batch of Windows 7 Home Premium editions. They are currently sold in Germany for €119.97 ($166) and in the UK for £44.97.

Pre-order Links:

Germany:

Windows 7 Home Premiumgrey Windows 7 Pre Orders In Europe
Windows 7 Professionalgrey Windows 7 Pre Orders In Europe

United Kingdom:

Windows 7 Professional
Windows 7 Home Premium

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25 Responses to Windows 7 Pre-Orders In Europe

  1. mdesilva July 15, 2009 at 2:20 am #

    Hi All,

    not sure where your information is coming from but I pre-ordered home premium from Amazon.co.uk this morning, I have just checked the website again and the home edition is showing on the first page for pre order.

  2. Avatar of Martin Brinkmann
    Martin Brinkmann July 15, 2009 at 2:25 am #

    Hi, it was not available when I looked but you are right it is available again. This was then either a technical glitch or they got another batch that is now available. The German page stated that the product was sold out. It is now available there as well again (for about twice the price that you pay in the UK)

  3. ben July 15, 2009 at 2:27 am #

    amazon.co.uk are still offering windows 7 home premium E for £44.97 (about $73.64) + P&P which make it about £48/£49 (i’ve ordered my copy), this is at 70% off, amazon.co.uk have been selling since 00:00 GMT/BST

    amazon germany does not appear to many copies of HP E left

    the Microsoft store is unavailable in the UK at the moment I post his

    amazon.fr have not yet started to sell copies and appear to only be offerering “family” copies for HP E

  4. mdesilva July 15, 2009 at 2:37 am #

    Windows 7 home premium IS available from Amazon.co.uk, I have ordered it from there myself this morning and have also checked the website since and it showing on the home page

  5. mdesilva July 15, 2009 at 2:40 am #

    apologies for the duplicate post, must have had a brain fart!

  6. Martin July 15, 2009 at 2:51 am #

    Mdesilva I prefer that to users who do not say a thing. Keep it up :)

  7. Colin July 15, 2009 at 3:08 am #

    Ordered mine this morning from Play.com for £49:99.

    http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/-/684/891/3-/RegionHome.html?searchtype=genre&add=11047872

  8. mdesilva July 15, 2009 at 3:09 am #

    Cheers for the encouragement! Just to let you know, I have a q8200 quad core machine currently running the 64 bit version with 8gb ram. I have also purchased a 30gb ssd drive to boot from so I am expecting my machine to be lightening quick! I have been using Win 7 since the first leaked build through the beta version and am currently running the rc version. I am extremely impressed with this os’s performance, have tried it on several machines and hardly had a single problem. (My desktop mentioned earlier, an accer T165 dual core 3.0ghz tower,an acer aspire 1642z laptop with 1gb ram and an aspire one) You may notice that I like Acer!!!! I think I may be one of the only ones though ;-)

    • Avatar of Martin Brinkmann
      Martin Brinkmann July 15, 2009 at 3:44 am #

      I’m going to built a new computer for Windows 7 as well :)

    • Mehdi July 15, 2009 at 11:47 am #

      I LOVE ACER VERY MUCH,TOO. I’m a fan of ACER’s Notebooks, I have an Acer Aspire 5315 with a Celeron 1,73 Ghz and 1 GB RAM and 80 GB HDD, even it’s not a robust, but it’s the greatest laptop brand I am keen on :D

  9. Windows 8 M1 July 15, 2009 at 5:48 am #

    Is the Dutch version completely the same as the Belgian version?

  10. Paul July 15, 2009 at 7:00 am #

    Right now, you can NOT buy Home Premium from amazon.co.uk. I got mine from pcworld.co.uk instead – their price is £44.99 + £4.84 P&P (£49.83 total).

    @ben – I though Amazon UK would have been cheaper than that – do they not give free P&P on orders over £5?

    • ben July 15, 2009 at 8:24 am #

      paul: amazon do not offer free P&P for orders over £5, this is only for certain items, amazon uk charge for the product + VAT + Postage, win 7 is not eligable for free delivery and most buyers will be offered 1st class, all in all this is costing me £48, they take the money when the ship the product to you

      ps amazon uk are now again selling HP E (at time of post)

      • Paul July 15, 2009 at 9:33 am #

        @ben – I see they are indeed Amazon UK are back again. I tried to check out Home Premium on Amazon UK (without confirming as I already bought elsewhere!) and I was offered “free supersaver” delivery to my UK address. The Amazon total it showed, including P&P, was £44.97.

        • Paul July 15, 2009 at 9:34 am #

          also, “first class” is offered by default – you have to manually choose the “free supersaver” option.

          • ben July 15, 2009 at 10:38 am #

            paul: in my experience “supersaver” can take upto 7 days to arrive, and yes first class is the first option available, ps i went for 1st class, for amazon if their is abutton on the right say pre-order now (orsomething like that) then its in stock, if its not you will be asked to join the email list.

            sorry for any confusion, where did you buy from? (ps expect any other eply from me tommorow, i have to work now till morning)

          • Paul July 15, 2009 at 2:52 pm #

            In the past I’ve had no problems waiting for 2-3 days or so for supersaver from Amazon – I’m not that impatient!

            As said above, I got it from PCWorld because it was not available on Amazon when I looked. Though in some ways this is better as I’d rather give at least some of my money to a British retailer than let the yanks take it all :D :P

          • ben July 16, 2009 at 5:02 am #

            I have to agree that givin my cash to a British retailer would be good, but I don’t like PC world around mine they are the worst retailer

            =]

  11. Martin July 15, 2009 at 7:53 am #

    According to unofficial sources (store manager at one of the stores that was selling the reduced pre-orders) a total of 24.000 items were available for the reduced price in the whole of Germany. A big store in Berlin for example received only 8 copies of Windows 7. That explains why everyone is already sold out in Germany.

    • ben July 15, 2009 at 8:26 am #

      24K copies for Germany… ouch

      wonder how many are available for the UK ?

  12. Windy Millers Hardware & Software News July 15, 2009 at 8:42 am #

    I wouldn’t panic if you don’t have the money for the discounted offer just yet, I think they will need to keep them going for some while to attract the huge XP customer base.

  13. ben July 16, 2009 at 5:05 am #

    amazon UK HP E selling for £74.97 – anybody who has already ordered theres will be charged the origonal price, not the new price

  14. mdesilva July 17, 2009 at 5:17 am #

    That very cheeky of Amazon, most of the other participating UK resellers are still charging £45 or less though so shop around!

    • ben July 17, 2009 at 7:03 am #

      I must agree with you on that

      These are todays prices UK only – (HP = Home premium / P = professional / E = EUROPE)

      all prices exclude VAT -(except amazon.co.uk)
      Tesco Direct – HP E = £44.97 / P E = £89.97
      Comet.co.uk – HP E = £49.99 / P E = £99.99
      currys.co.uk – HP E = £44.99 / P E = 89.99
      PC World – HP E = £44.99 / P E = £89.99
      Staples – HP E = $43.46 / P E = £86.93
      Amazon.co.uk (+VAT & P&P 1st class) – HP E = £78.13 / P E = £183.13

      comet is doing a futher “pre-order” / reduced offer for anyone who orders windows 7 from them between 10th August and 31st December for £79.99 (HP E) & £189.99 (P E) after 31st december UK price for comet will be £149.99 (HP E)& £219.99 (P E)

  15. ben July 17, 2009 at 7:05 am #

    it appears that amazon.co.uk are now offering Windows 7 Ultimate on pre-order

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