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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99


z3r010

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We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.
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#2

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#3
That makes sense.

It is the only way to shift win8.

It could have been a bit less - but they will have calculated it out.

I posted a while back they might do it for $30 because that worked well for upgrade to win7.

Three years later they probably feel another $9.99 will be ok.
 

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#4
$39.99 for download Pro with free Media Center.

If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.

Jim :cool:
 

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Wow, I know quite a few people that will be fantastically happy at that!

:dinesh:
 

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#6
Yes- I thought they would have to do that.

It was only for students for win7 at that sort of price.

Win8 is so unpopular they have wisely decided to practically give it away to anyone.

Makes perfect sense - at that price , people won't consider it a serious purchase - more of a whim.
 

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#7
Looking at Microsoft's site for this deal in the UK (£14.99) there is a major clause:


Key Dates

You must purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013.
This rules out a lot of people! Me included!
 

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Near the bottom of the article in post #1 by z3r010 there is also mention of system builder versions allowing use for anybody building their own PC (no price given - yet)

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Looking at Microsoft's site for this deal in the UK (£14.99) there is a major clause:


Key Dates

You must purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013.
This rules out a lot of people! Me included!
From the article in post #1 by z3r010

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Wait, from what I gather to make sense, the 40 dollar upgrade is for ANY Windows user to UPGRADE (not custom install) Windows 8? And the 15 dollar one if for people that buy a PC from June 2 to February?

Methinks some confusion may spur from this...
 

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z3r010

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Yes the $39.99 is for all users XP/Vista/Windows7 no matter when the PC was purchased or if was built, the $15 is just for new PC's that purchased after June 2 that came with Windows 7 installed.
 

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Yes the $39.99 is for all users XP/Vista/Windows7 no matter when the PC was purchased or if was built, the $15 is just for new PC's that purchased after June 2 that came with Windows 7 installed.


Curses!!

I bought this in February.

Irritatingly enough, I missed out on the Vista/Win 7 upgrade
the same way, by about the same time....
 

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Sounds like a good deal, this will help boost initial sales.
 

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#15
Behind the $40 Windows 8 upgrade

JULY 03, 2012
Behind the $40 Windows 8 upgrade

There's a reason why Microsoft just pegged the price of a Windows 8 upgrade at $40. Several, actually

By Woody Leonhard | InfoWorld

My friends have chided me for cheering on Bill Snyder's provocative suggestion: Blow it up, Ballmer: Give away the Surface for free. Although I figure Snyder got the wrong Steve -- Sinofsky's most likely the one in the driver's seat -- and the proposal is obviously not realistic, I admire the sentiment. Microsoft's one huge advantage in coming out with its own Windows 8 Pro and Windows RT hardware is pricing. And the lower the Steves can go, the more Metro's going to sizzle in the marketplace.
Read more.. Behind the $40 Windows 8 upgrade | Microsoft windows - InfoWorld
 

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Okay so its says you can make a bootable disc with this upgrade if I want to start fresh, so my question is what if one day after I installed the win8 with the upgrade disc something goes wrong which requires me to reinstall the whole OS over again, will I be able to use this upgrade disc to reinstall it or will I have to purchase a whole new win8 disc with a new CD key?

Also if I upgrade and the OS doesn't run on my PC as well as I hoped will I be able to go back to Vista using my system recovery discs I burned without any problems? like needing a new CD key?

If I can do all the above will I be able to switch from Vista to wins 8 as many times as I wont without needing a new CD Key for OS's as long as I'm installing them both on the same system?
 

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No Thank you MICROSOFT no Windows 8 for me not even if it was FREE !!!!
 

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It won't be officially revealed until MS releases Win8 to the public.

From previous versions and recent rumors, yes you will be able to do a clean install from your Win8 upgrade disc.
You can re-install Vista as long as you have the original key, OEM's usually have the key load internally.
As long as you are installing on the same system, for OEM, you can re-install Vista/Win8.
 

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What does Windows 8 Pro have that regular W8 doesn't?
 

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Okay so its says you can make a bootable disc with this upgrade if I want to start fresh, so my question is what if one day after I installed the win8 with the upgrade disc something goes wrong which requires me to reinstall the whole OS over again, will I be able to use this upgrade disc to reinstall it or will I have to purchase a whole new win8 disc with a new CD key?

Also if I upgrade and the OS doesn't run on my PC as well as I hoped will I be able to go back to Vista using my system recovery discs I burned without any problems? like needing a new CD key?

If I can do all the above will I be able to switch from Vista to wins 8 as many times as I wont without needing a new CD Key for OS's as long as I'm installing them both on the same system?
Not sure how many options we have (there are more then one for sure) on this one but I would definitely do a system image (backup manager) after everything is fresh installed and working.

If something goes wrong after that: no problem, just boot and restore...
If something goes wrong during backup: no comment...
 

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