Fujitsu launches Windows 7 upgrade program

Users must pay $28.99 using either Visa or MasterCard to receive Windows 7 upgrade

Fujitsu has launched a Windows 7 upgrade program for its PC customers, but users will have to pay a fee.

Any eligible Fujitsu notebook that was purchased with Windows Vista Home Premium, Business or Ultimate as the operating system can be upgraded to Windows 7 Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate, respectively, for $28.99.

According to a statement released by Fujitsu, the fee will cover shipping and handling charges but only Visa and MasterCard credit cards will be accepted as methods of payment.

“Besides the upgrade fee, the customer may be required to pay local custom/duty charges and taxes at local Post Office,” a Fujitsu statement said.

The program is identical to a previous one launched in 2006 to promote both the use of Windows Vista and the continuing purchase of Windows XP-based devices.

Although Microsoft does not charge for the upgrade, hardware vendors organise the redistribution of upgrade discs and often charge an additional fee to cover logistics.

The upgrade deal follows moves by PC makers Lenovo and HP to offer a similar program to users purchasing its Windows Vista-based products.

Both HP and Lenovo confirmed its customers would need to pay shipping and handling costs, but were unable to provide an Australian price.