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How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade?

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    How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade?


    You can get a smoking deal on an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if you're ready to make that purchase before January 31, 2013. But there are some gotchas, and one inexplicable and unfair pricing decision means that early buyers of Windows 8 PCs pay more than Windows 7 users.

    Microsoft has simplified the upgrade process for Windows 8 dramatically, at least for early adopters, starting with its decision to sell only two retail editions.

    Between now and February 1, 2013, Microsoft is offering upgrades to Windows 8 Pro, the full-featured edition whose Windows 7 equivalent typically costs $200. (Upgrades to the less expensive base version of Windows 8 are not available at all right now, and won’t be available until these initial promotional offers are over.)

    That makes for some smoking deals. But there are still a few gotchas to be had in the process. And one inexplicable pricing decision actually penalizes customers who are among the first to purchase PCs preloaded with Windows 8.

    Here are the details.


    Read more at source:
    How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade? | ZDNet


    See also:
    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run
    Last edited by Brink; 08 Nov 2012 at 03:20. Reason: addition

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    Vanilla 8 Pro x64


    Bugger. I just went with x2 $40 deals when I could have had both for $30... Ah well.
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    Windows 8.1


    I only spent $15 to upgrade two computers to 8 Pro with media pack. I got a free license through dreamspark.
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    That's right. Rub it in
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    USA, Idaho
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    With these upgrade prices a person can't go wrong. Of course that is unless they are the ones stating they would never buy Win8.
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    I got 3 @ $14.99 each. Awesome value
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    Quote Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
    I got 3 @ $14.99 each. Awesome value
    Wow, you had 3 qualifying purchases in that short amount of time..that's nuts.
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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
    I got 3 @ $14.99 each. Awesome value
    Wow, you had 3 qualifying purchases in that short amount of time..that's nuts.
    Or it could be that he got in on the short-lived promo glitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FuturDreamz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tw33k View Post
    I got 3 @ $14.99 each. Awesome value
    Wow, you had 3 qualifying purchases in that short amount of time..that's nuts.
    Or it could be that he got in on the short-lived promo glitch.
    That could be, but I would think most members here keep it completely legit. If us fans aren't willing to pay for MS software, our at least pay the very reasonable upgrade price, why would we expect others not to steal it?
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    USA, Idaho
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    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    The non upgrade version goes for $69.95, and after February 2, 2013 it will jump to $199.95. So whatever one you may choose you really can't go wrong (I went with two $69.95).
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