Retailers bring out the freebies for Vista's launch

When Microsoft releases a new operating system, there are typically a number of special promotions from retailers to entice consumers to part with their money. The January 30 launch of Windows Vista is no exception and retailers from Best Buy to Staples are looking to provide added value with items that are either free instantly or free after mail-in rebate with the purchase of Vista. Here's a listing of some of the deals that can be had starting tomorrow:

Best Buy : Purchase Windows Vista Home Premium or higher and receive H&R Block TaxCut Premium Federal + State, Kingston 512MB PC3200 or 512MB PC2700 DDR Memory and Microsoft Live OneCare free instantly.

Circuit City : Purchase Windows Vista Home or Premium and receive a D-Link Wireless G Router, Norton Internet Security 2007, TaxCut Premium Federal + State, SpySweeper, Windows Live OneCare and a Lexmark X2480 All-in-One Printer free after mail-in rebate.

Office Depot : Purchase Windows Vista and receive AquaZone, Professor Teaches Office 2007, Hoyle Casino, Norton Antivirus 2007 Professor Teaches Vista and Spyware Doctor free after mail-in rebate.

OfficeMax : Purchase Windows Vista Home Premium or higher and receive a 512MB SanDisk Cruzer or Professor Teaches Windows Vista for 99c each.

Staples : Purchase Windows Vista Home Premium or higher and receive a 1GB PNY USB Flash Drive free instantly. McAfee PC Protection Plus 2007, CA Anti-Virus 2007, My Home and Business Attorney and Norton Confidential 2007 are also available free after mail-in rebate with the purchase of Windows Vista.

In addition, both Best Buy and Circuit City will have the Gateway MT3705 14.1" notebook for $599 with no rebates. The 5.2 pound notebook features a 1.6GHz Intel Pentium Dual-Core T2060 processor, 1GB of RAM, a dual-layer DVD burner, 100GB 4200 RPM hard drive, ATI Radeon Express 200M chipset, 4-in-1 media reader, 3 USB 2.0 ports and built-in 802.11g wireless.

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