Starting today you can pre-order Windows 7 Home Premium upgrade for $49.99 OR Windows Home 7 Professional for $99.99. I checked over at Amazon and they are offering both Home and Pro versions with a pricing guarantee. If the price drops before the scheduled release date of October 22, 2009, Amazon will honor the new price.

For some of you the biggest decision will be whether to order Windows 7 Home Premium edition or Windows 7 Professional edition. Beside the price difference, I see the main difference as being XP Mode. XP Mode is only available with Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate. For most consumers Windows 7 Home Premium will work just fine if you don’t need older software to work on your system.

Over at Amazon they do provide a fairly simple way to determine whether you should upgrade or not:

Upgrade to Windows 7

1. Choose your edition of Windows 7
Explore key features and choose the edition that’s best for you. Be sure to check the expanded list of extended features in Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, and Windows 7 Ultimate. System requirements vary for each edition of Windows 7 because some features might require special hardware.

2. See if your PC has what it takes to run Windows 7
In general, if your PC can run Windows Vista it can run Windows 7. To make sure, download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor to do a quick check. If you want certain features, such as HomeGroup or Windows Media Center, check to see if your PC has the hardware that’s needed.

3. Check which operating system your PC is currently running
How you make the move to Windows 7 depends on your current operating system.

  • Windows Vista
    The transition to Windows 7 should be pretty smooth, although you may need to update your system to the latest service pack first.

  • Windows XP (or any other operating system)
    We recommend that you experience Windows 7 on a new PC. While we don’t recommend it, you can opt to upgrade your current PC from Windows XP or another operating system to Windows 7. We recommend that you get help with this process from your local computer service provider. You’ll need to back up your current files and settings, perform a custom (clean) installation, and then reinstall your files, settings, and programs.
    • All editions of Windows XP and Windows Vista qualify you to upgrade.

    Let me add one further suggestion. I would highly recommend that even if you are using Vista, I would opt for a clean install as well. Installing over a older OS could transfer more junk that you may not need. This suggestion has been in place since Windows was in knickers. LOL

    What do you think?

    Comments welcome.