Microsoft’s discounted Windows 7 upgrade for students has proven to be a tough assignment for some of those who have signed up for the offer, CNET reports. The software maker is letting students download a Windows 7 upgrade for $29–a significant savings off the full shrink-wrapped copy of the new operating system. However, a number of students have reported problems when trying to download and install the new software. In a blog posting, Microsoft says it’s aware of several problems. Most common is that students can’t easily go from the 32-bit version of Vista to the 64-bit version of Windows 7; that requires a clean installation. Students in this situation can either get a refund or contact Digital River, the company managing the digital downloads, to get a disc with the operating system. Besides that issue, Microsoft is investigating two other errors that students have encountered. For some, the download stops at a certain percentage and won’t continue, while others get a generic error message. The former case "appears to be … related to the user’s internet provider or installed third-party software," Microsoft said, while the latter appears to be caused "when one of the downloaded files is incomplete or has become corrupted on the user’s computer." Students in that latter situation should try re-downloading the software, Microsoft said…

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