If you are a college student, MS is offering a special, you can get Win 7 for about $30. You need a .edu email though, and you'll probably have to download it and burn an iso.
Which reminds me, they gave away their "Expression" suite, which is kind of like Adobe suite (Flash, Photoshop, Illustrator, etc.), for free a while back. Once again only to students. I'm not sure if they are still offering that deal though. It's full of bugs, too.
I also got MS Office 2007 for dirt cheap (~$50) when it came out. Once again full of bugs but not so bad since they released the latest update for it.
I love the perks of being affiliated with a University.
My boss bought one of those mini laptops about a week ago from Best Buy for us both to use. It had Windows XP. A few days after that, he decided that he didn't like it because it was freezing during the anti-virus scans (which Best Buy recommended he put on the computer) and wanted a more powerful computer. We went there on Tues to trade it but they had stopped selling computers with the old versions of Windows and now he HAS to trade it for one with Windows 7. I guess it was just bad timing.
Too damn expensive. I don't believe in pirating software (biting the hand that feeds. I'm a computer programmer), so I'll hold off until it is a necessity.
Since I haven't booted into windows in over a month it is likely to be a long time before I need to upgrade to Windows 7.
Besides, it has no new features that interest me.
I'll get you my pretty, and your little hermit crab too!