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WTF? New computer, and I have to PAY?

Mike Lonewolf

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WTF? New computer qualifying and THEY want me to PAY for this supposing FREE Upgrade from Windows 7 to 8!!
Microsoft phone person: It is a small amount to send you image file link, and COA to your email account. This is BULLSHYT!!! They are asking $14.99 to send me a FREE upgrade. Has Microsoft became SCAMMERS too? Going to call Acer to b*tch them out!

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    Windows 8 pro Retail

pparks1

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So, what happened exactly?

You bought a new computer and it was supposed to have a Free Upgrade to Windows 8, but they want to charge you $30 for it.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
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    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
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Hopachi

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Hmm... These days:

FREE = $14.99;

Pretty weird, and it looks like BULLSHYT for me too.
 

My Computer

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  • OS
    Windows 10 x64
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP Envy DV6 7250
    CPU
    Intel i7-3630QM
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    HP, Intel HM77 Express Chipset
    Memory
    16GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD4000 + Nvidia Geforce 630M
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    IDT HD Audio
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    15.6' built-in + Samsung S22D300 + 17.3' LG Phillips
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    multiple resolutions
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    Samsung SSD 250GB + Hitachi HDD 750GB
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    120W adapter
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    small
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    laptop cooling pad
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    Backlit built-in + big one in USB
    Mouse
    SteelSeries Sensei
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    slow and steady
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    Chromium, Pale Moon, Firefox Developer Edition
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    Windows Defender
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    That's basically it.

Mike Lonewolf

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Right!! Some FREE upgrade offer!! pparks, I corrected that, they want $14.99, not $30.00 like I said originally. Raise your hands if you are loving Microsoft.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 pro Retail

SIW2

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I don't think it was ever free for win8 upgrade.

It was free for win7 .

The problem with that was - oem's would charge random amounts for "shipping" - anywhere from nothing to $30.

At least it is standard this way.

I think you were misinformed if you thought it was free.

Unless Acer are doing some extra special offer where they will pay the $14.99 for you. It doesn't seem very likely.
 

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System One

  • OS
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin
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    PC/Desktop

Mike Lonewolf

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I had gotten with a HP laptop computer Windows Vista a free upgrade to Windows 7. They HONORED it, no charge to me.
I won't be EVER purchasing another Acer computer.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 pro Retail

Phone Man

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Who said it was a FREE upgrade? MS said it was a $14.99 upgrade.

https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US

Also shows the same thing on ACER website.

Acer.PNG

Jim :cool:
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS - Home Built
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99X EVO
    Memory
    Crucial Balistic DDR-3 1866 CL 9 (8 GB)
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    MSI R6850 Cyclone IGD5 PE
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    On Chip
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    ASUS VE258Q 25" LED with DVI-HDMI-DisplayPort
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    Two WD Cavier Black 2TB Sata 6gbs
    WD My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0
    PSU
    Seasonic X650 80 Plus GOLD Modular
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    Corsair 400R
    Cooling
    Antec Kuhler H2O 620, Two 120mm and four 140mm
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    AVS Gear Blue LED Backlight
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    Logitech Marble Mouse USB, Logitech Precision Game Pad
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    15MB
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    NIS, Malwarebytes Premium 2
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    APC UPS ES 750, Netgear WNR3500L Gigabit & Wireless N Router with SamKnows Test Program,
    Motorola SB6120 Gigabit Cable Modem.
    Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer,
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Coke Robot

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I think the only free, or at least reimbursement, is if you buy one of their ultrabooks.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
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    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014

Mike Lonewolf

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I think it is a gypperooni. We're HERE putting our hardware at risk, and no reward?
I wonder if those programmers built it for free? And eightforums.com people work for free?
Do you Brink? Since the days of Windows 2000, PC magazine gave you a 30 day eval copy of
Windows to subscribers or newsstand buyers, so getting an early view isn't payment IMO.
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 pro Retail

pparks1

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I think it is a gypperooni. We're HERE putting our hardware at risk, and no reward?
Um...you don't have to run it. It used to be free with Vista to Windows 7, but nobody ever said it was free from Windows 7 to Windows 8. I never heard anything official other than $14.99. I think i have heard you say before that because you beta test you feel obligated to receive a free copy. Well, seems those days are going by the way side. Now, the betas go free to everybody and they can try. If they like what they see, they can buy.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 7
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    Self-Built in July 2009
    CPU
    Intel Q9550 2.83Ghz OC'd to 3.40Ghz
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3R rev. 1.1, F12 BIOS
    Memory
    8GB G.Skill PI DDR2-800, 4-4-4-12 timings
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA 1280MB Nvidia GeForce GTX570
    Sound Card
    Realtek ALC899A 8 channel onboard audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    23" Acer x233H
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    Intel X25-M 80GB Gen 2 SSD
    Western Digital 1TB Caviar Black, 32MB cache. WD1001FALS
    PSU
    Corsair 620HX modular
    Case
    Antec P182
    Cooling
    stock
    Keyboard
    ABS M1 Mechanical
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    Logitech G9 Laser Mouse
    Internet Speed
    15/2 cable modem
    Other Info
    Windows and Linux enthusiast. Logitech G35 Headset.

jimbo45

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I don't think it was ever free for win8 upgrade.

It was free for win7 .

The problem with that was - oem's would charge random amounts for "shipping" - anywhere from nothing to $30.

At least it is standard this way.

I think you were misinformed if you thought it was free.

Unless Acer are doing some extra special offer where they will pay the $14.99 for you. It doesn't seem very likely.

Hi there
often when you buy something there's often a "Service" charge -- but when you ask for "The Service Charge" to be broken down on an invoice so you know what you are paying for all you generally get are blank looks.

This whole area in consumer law is a TOTAL mess -- I've seen some cases where a product costs 7 EUR plus 15 EUR "Service charge" for essentially a piece of cable. Note the service charge was in ADDITION to postage / packing / shipping.

Needless to say I didn't proceed with that particular transaction.

If only the authorities in most countries would sort out this type of robbery and PROTECT the CONSUMER against blatant rip-off's rather than spending a fortune on seeing who is using the latest torrent site and going to court with expensive lawyers in charging a 16 year old 600,000 USD for downloading a film -- an amount that's NEVER EVER going to be remotely paid EVER.

Of course since when does the consumer ever get a good deal from the law these days.

If the EU commission started to make some sense out of consumer legislation - that would be sense -- but who ever expects sense to emerge from the EU commission anyway.

Cheers
jimbo
 

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    SSD's * 3 (Samsung 840 series) 250 GB
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    0.12 GB/s (120Mb/s)

TheGrantFitz

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Hi, Mike!
I agree, $15 is not ideal, but other Windows releases came with a full price upgrade option apposed to a small price.

Microsoft was being, to a point, generous. Free could've always been better!
 

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    Windows 8.1 Pro, iOS 7.1, Elementary OS
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FSeal

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Considering that all they need to do is send yo ua reg code and a URL in email, $15 is outrageous. Doubly so considering that once you own the OS they have several different ways of making even MORE money off of you on a continuing basis. Windows 8 should almost be free for anyone given that it is now a huge advertising platform and continuous revenue stream for them...
 

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    Windows 7/8

stormy

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I am running windows 8 consumer preview, if microsoft gives me the full version for $15.00 to 20.00 I will keep it otherwise i will locate a windows 7 disk. apple is very good for software upgrades and if you purchase it when it is released you get it very cheap.
 

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System One

  • OS
    windows 8 professional
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    Dell Inspiron b130
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    1.7 ghz
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    1gb

CB

Revived
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Hmm.. can it be meant that by the end of October most of Eightforums members are running Windows 7?
 

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    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
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    Home Built system
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    Core i5
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    Intel DH55PJ
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    4 GB
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    Realtek HD Integrated
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brummyfan

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I have seen the free upgrade to Win 8 in some superstore, may be a promotion to sell some selected laptop models.
EDIT:
I found this today, "Acer refunds the cost of your Upgrade", so we can expect free upgrade offers as the date approaches.
Acer Windows 8 Upgrade | Ebuyer.com
 
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  • OS
    Win 8.1
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    Laptop
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    Acer Aspire E1-571
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    i5-3230m
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    Acer Type-2
    Memory
    8GB DDR3 1333MHz
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    Intel HD 4000
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    High Definiton Audio Device
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    Generic
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    1366x768
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    Samsung 850 Pro 256GB
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    Generic
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    ELANTECH Touchpad
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    12.68Mbps
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    IE11
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    Windows Defender

vsaelen

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I don't like the fact that its not a "Full" copy so I can do a fresh install. That's the cleanest way to do it! :doh:
 

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  • OS
    Windows 8 rtm 8400
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    home built
    CPU
    Quad Core AMD Athlon X4 640 3.0ghz
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    MSI
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Gfroce 8600 GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 19"
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    WD 750 Windows 8
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    WD 40 Windows XP
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    Air
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Phone Man

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I don't like the fact that its not a "Full" copy so I can do a fresh install. That's the cleanest way to do it! :doh:

You can do a clean install with the upgrade version. Previous version must be on system and doing upgrade will give you a choice to clean install. Different from Win 7 but still works.

Jim :cool:
 

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  • OS
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS - Home Built
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
    Motherboard
    ASUS M5A99X EVO
    Memory
    Crucial Balistic DDR-3 1866 CL 9 (8 GB)
    Graphics Card(s)
    MSI R6850 Cyclone IGD5 PE
    Sound Card
    On Chip
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VE258Q 25" LED with DVI-HDMI-DisplayPort
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080
    Hard Drives
    Two WD Cavier Black 2TB Sata 6gbs
    WD My Book Essential 2TB USB 3.0
    PSU
    Seasonic X650 80 Plus GOLD Modular
    Case
    Corsair 400R
    Cooling
    Antec Kuhler H2O 620, Two 120mm and four 140mm
    Keyboard
    AVS Gear Blue LED Backlight
    Mouse
    Logitech Marble Mouse USB, Logitech Precision Game Pad
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    15MB
    Antivirus
    NIS, Malwarebytes Premium 2
    Other Info
    APC UPS ES 750, Netgear WNR3500L Gigabit & Wireless N Router with SamKnows Test Program,
    Motorola SB6120 Gigabit Cable Modem.
    Brother HL-2170W Laser Printer,
    Epson V300 Scanner

vsaelen

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That's Cool!! :)
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8 rtm 8400
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    home built
    CPU
    Quad Core AMD Athlon X4 640 3.0ghz
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    MSI
    Memory
    4gb
    Graphics Card(s)
    Nvidia Gfroce 8600 GT
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Samsung 19"
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    WD 750 Windows 8
    WD 500 Windows 7
    WD 40 Windows XP
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    Air
    Internet Speed
    Cable

Coke Robot

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I am running windows 8 consumer preview, if microsoft gives me the full version for $15.00 to 20.00 I will keep it otherwise i will locate a windows 7 disk. apple is very good for software upgrades and if you purchase it when it is released you get it very cheap.
That's after you buy into apple for at least $1,100 for such. Mathematically, buying a competent laptop for 5-700 dollars, you can still buy Windows at full cost for a couple of versions at 200 dollars and still be less than a mac. Usually, apple declares after five years their older mac lineup to not be supported anymore, meaning you need to throw away your mac and buy a new one. Sure, software is usually real cheap or free, but you have a high buy in cost, and personally I find the mac os drab.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    ASUS
    CPU
    AMD FX 8320
    Motherboard
    Crosshair V Formula-Z
    Memory
    16 gig DDR3
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS R9 270
    Screen Resolution
    1440x900
    Hard Drives
    1 TB Seagate Barracuda (starting to hate Seagate)
    x2 3 TB Toshibas
    Windows 8.1 is installed on a SanDisk Ultra Plus 256 GB
    PSU
    OCZ 500 watt
    Case
    A current work in progres as I'll be building the physical case myself. It shall be fantastic.
    Cooling
    Arctic Cooler with 3 heatpipes
    Keyboard
    Logitech K750 wireless solar powered keyboard
    Mouse
    Microsoft Touch Mouse
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, but I might go back on KIS 2014
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