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Microsoft offers Windows 7 to Students for $29.99



product-hero.pngMicrosoft is cutting students a big break on Windows 7. Anyone with .EDU email address can order Windows 7 Home Premium for just $29.99 through January 3, 2010. Here’s the interesting part- This deal is being run through Digital River, a company that sells DOWNLOADABLE software. That’s right. It appears you can download a final production copy of Windows 7 right now.

Microsoft set up a special Web site for this deal at The number means Windows 7 for One (one being you).

Windows Home 7 Premium Upgrade will be available for $119.99 to the general public come October 22.

Of course if you’re not in college you might want to get creative.


How do I Buy?

1. Check that your PC can run Windows 7 with the Windows Upgrade Advisor.
2. Enter your college/university email address.
3. If you’re eligible, you’ll receive an email with purchase details.
4. Click on the link provided in the email to proceed with your purchase.
5. Purchase your license/product key.
6. Checkout and download!



  1. korbi

    09/17/2009 at 11:20 am

    Does anybody know if this offer is valid for students outside the US? I am from Germany and would love to buy Win7 for this price…



  2. Xavier Lanier

    09/17/2009 at 11:27 am

    Korbi, try entering your school email address and see what happens. From the looks of the site it looks like it’s targeted to US students though.

  3. Frank

    09/17/2009 at 1:10 pm

    Most students get MS software free, thanks to MSDNAA.
    I’m also from Germany and thanks to my university, Stuttgart, I can almost get any MS software, except Office, for free. That’s why I use Win 7×64 RTM already :)
    So maybe you also have access to MSDNAA.

    If not, then I don’t think that this offer will work outside the US.

  4. Pyxus

    09/17/2009 at 1:41 pm

    You cannot download the final product right now…it’s a pre-order process: will be avail OCt 22nd. Still a very good price!

  5. Joel

    09/17/2009 at 2:31 pm

    I downloaded my copy of windows 7 from msdnaa also. MSDNAA is, unfortunately, only open to students studying technical areas like computer science.

    If you can’t get a copy for free, then check with your university for student software licenses. Students at my FH can purchase SW through “”.

  6. Tim

    09/17/2009 at 4:23 pm

    Just a correction:

    The site is Your link is correct but the text of it is wrong.

  7. soydeedo

    09/17/2009 at 9:41 pm

    Thanks for the heads up, Xavier. Most students and faculty can get Windows cheaper than this, but that’s only one license. This should be a nice way of acquiring a second copy for a laptop, parents, or an HTPC.

    Much obliged. =)

  8. Ryan

    09/18/2009 at 1:57 pm

    I get the following error when I click on the link:

    We are currently updating the site. Please check back in a few minutes for the new family guy videos.

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