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Windows 8 $14.99 Upgrade Registration Now Open

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Registration for the Windows Upgrade Offer is now open for those who purchased a new qualifying Windows 7 desktop or laptop after June 2.

Microsoft said via Twitter on Monday that registration for the Windows Upgrade Offer begins today, August 20. Customers who purchase a Windows 7-based desktop or laptop between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31st, 2013 will have until February 28, 2013 to grab their $14.99 promotional upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Registration requires customers to enter their 25-digit Windows 7 product key as well as info like the retailer's name, PC brand, PC model and more.

"After customer registration and Microsoft validation, customers will receive a registration confirmation email," the FAQ states. "Beginning October 26, 2012, registered customers will receive an email with a promotion code and instructions for purchasing and downloading the software. The promotion code can be redeemed during the upgrade ordering process to receive the promotional price."

Microsoft also states that while the offer will be limited to eligible customers who purchase a qualified PC, the upgrade may be installed on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying operating system. Microsoft recommends a desktop or laptop with a 1 GHz or faster CPU, 1 GB RAM (32-bit) or 2 GB RAM (64-bit), 15 GB of free HDD space (32-bit) or 20 GB (64-bit), and a DirectX 9 GPU with WDDM 1.0 or higher driver. A more detailed list can be seen here.

Don't plan on purchasing a new Windows 7 PC? Microsoft still has a discount for those looking to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. When the OS finally goes retail in October, customers with a Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 machine will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. Even more, customers can add Windows Media Center for free through the "add features" option within Windows 8 Pro after the 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," said Microsoft's Brandon LeBLanc last month. "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 particular upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro, both online and at retail, runs through January 31, 2013.

 

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    CaedenV , August 21, 2012 12:00 PM
    just an FYI, but the RTM build of win8 (both 32 and 64bit) take ~7-800MB of Ram just at idle. I installed the 32bit version on my netbook that had 1GB of ram and it ran disappointingly slow. Upgraded to 2GB of ram and it acted like a whole different machine (very pleased). Lastly I switched over to the 64bit version with 2GB of ram and it ran just a little faster still.

    makes one wonder why there is even a 32bit version as most 32bit only systems do not have 2GB of ram, while newer 64bit capable systems with a mere 2GB of ram run faster to begin with.
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    npyrhone , August 21, 2012 11:39 AM
    No matter how many times I read the title, I can't seem to read it correctly. To me it just keeps telling: "Windows 8 $14.99 Downgrade Registration Now Open".
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    CaedenV , August 21, 2012 12:00 PM
    just an FYI, but the RTM build of win8 (both 32 and 64bit) take ~7-800MB of Ram just at idle. I installed the 32bit version on my netbook that had 1GB of ram and it ran disappointingly slow. Upgraded to 2GB of ram and it acted like a whole different machine (very pleased). Lastly I switched over to the 64bit version with 2GB of ram and it ran just a little faster still.

    makes one wonder why there is even a 32bit version as most 32bit only systems do not have 2GB of ram, while newer 64bit capable systems with a mere 2GB of ram run faster to begin with.
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    L0tus , August 21, 2012 12:01 PM
    And here was me thinking W8 would cost $15. Pfff
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    kemtox , August 21, 2012 12:11 PM
    They would PAY ME 14.99$ for it and I still wouldn't want it...
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    spp85 , August 21, 2012 12:30 PM
    No matter how hard MS tries to promote Win8, will fail. After installing Win 8 RTM for a month now, i booted to the OS only 3 times. The third time is to try install the AMD Catalyst 12.8 driver. Its simply an awful OS that I ever used till date. Even a person who is new to Linux OS's is much much easier for him to navigate and learn the OS.
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    auth100488 , August 21, 2012 12:35 PM
    people that do like that OS have absolutely NO IDEA of what problem it WILL cause to IT tech. You would pay me a thousand dollars and i would not even install it on my computer, the only thing more awful than a mac is Win 8.
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    apple_good_guys , August 21, 2012 12:39 PM
    auth100488people that do like that OS have absolutely NO IDEA of what problem it WILL cause to IT tech. You would pay me a thousand dollars and i would not even install it on my computer, the only thing more awful than a mac is Win 8.


    Yes, I imagine the people who invested in Windows certifications will now have to learn a new OS or get new certifications at the risk of looking dumb.

    Besides, most organizations are still on XP and 7 is the transition plan, not 8. I think 8 is great for a consumer OS. It looks a lot like Mac OS, which is a good thing. I don't expect it will show up in the workplace except for small businesses.
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    Zetto , August 21, 2012 12:40 PM
    auth100488people that do like that OS have absolutely NO IDEA of what problem it WILL cause to IT tech. You would pay me a thousand dollars and i would not even install it on my computer, the only thing more awful than a mac is Win 8.


    You have no idea what you are talking about

    IT Tech
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    womble , August 21, 2012 1:08 PM
    Well I'll download it as I'm still using 32bit XP and it is the only reasonably priced upgrade route. I'll still have to keep the XP on another partition for hardware and software that I can't afford to change. Glad to have my old MacBook though as OS X is a nice place to be.
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    icepick314 , August 21, 2012 1:16 PM
    MS should pay ME $14.99 to make me use Win8 over Win7...

    actually....it should be $1499...

    Win7 is wonderfully written OS since Win2K...great customization, runs fast, driver support from ALL hardware vendors...

    Win8's tile UI is mostly useless on keyboard/mouse setup, which I suspect 99% of people still use keyboard/mouse setup, and not to mention the logo looks like it's taken from replacement vinyl window catalog...
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    Wolygon , August 21, 2012 1:34 PM
    After reading all the rediculous rage, from what seems like everyone, I decided to try W8 out.

    The start screen is definitely weird but the whole app concept is interesting. I love how smooth it all is with the hardware acceleration.

    I still think its silly not to have a start menu since the desktop/metro interfaces are so different from each other. It seems dumb to have to go into metro to launch a desktop program.

    Solution:
    Install classic shell like I run on W7, boots straight to the desktop if I want. Now I've got the best of both worlds.

    /off topic
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    CaedenV , August 21, 2012 1:40 PM
    wombleWell I'll download it as I'm still using 32bit XP and it is the only reasonably priced upgrade route. I'll still have to keep the XP on another partition for hardware and software that I can't afford to change. Glad to have my old MacBook though as OS X is a nice place to be.

    Just so you know... almost all hardware and software works fine under win7 and win8 (either through built-in support or compatibility mode). As a general rule of thumb (other than the Ram requirement), win8 will run faster than XP on most hardware (though I did find an old 2nd gen Pentium4 that it refused to run on, so if your system is too old then it will throw a fit).
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    rantoc , August 21, 2012 1:58 PM
    CaedenVjust an FYI, but the RTM build of win8 (both 32 and 64bit) take ~7-800MB of Ram just at idle. I installed the 32bit version on my netbook that had 1GB of ram and it ran disappointingly slow. Upgraded to 2GB of ram and it acted like a whole different machine (very pleased). Lastly I switched over to the 64bit version with 2GB of ram and it ran just a little faster still.makes one wonder why there is even a 32bit version as most 32bit only systems do not have 2GB of ram, while newer 64bit capable systems with a mere 2GB of ram run faster to begin with.


    Sounds like much ram for just the OS, sure it wasn't with any integrated gfx who took portions of it or heavy disk caching included in those figures or the like?
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    super d spamalot , August 21, 2012 2:19 PM
    icepick314MS should pay ME $14.99 to make me use Win8 over Win7...actually....it should be $1499...Win7 is wonderfully written OS since Win2K...great customization, runs fast, driver support from ALL hardware vendors...Win8's tile UI is mostly useless on keyboard/mouse setup, which I suspect 99% of people still use keyboard/mouse setup, and not to mention the logo looks like it's taken from replacement vinyl window catalog...


    I love how your analysis of Windows 7 is all about how well it runs, and then your analysis of Windows is only about the UI. This of course means that you haven't even bothered to try it out before negatively commenting about it.

    If you had bothered to try it out, you would have noticed that it's faster then Windows 7, just as customizable, and once it's actually released will have exactly the same driver support (You know, just like every single new version of windows since... Ever)

    Here is the secret to using Windows 8 with the mouse and keyboard: Keyboard shortcuts and the scroll wheel on your mouse... Oh wait, that's the same as the secret to using Windows 7 with the mouse and keyboard as well.... That's weird, isn't it.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , August 21, 2012 2:26 PM
    I dislike Windows 8 as much as the next guy, but I find myself wondering:

    * You can install this on any computer running XP, Vista, or 7; can I partition my hard drive, install my copy of Windows 7 OEM to that partition, upgrade that install to 8, and then dual boot between the two?

    * Could you do the same thing with a copy of Windows 7 Retail? If you transfer your retail license from one machine to another, can you transfer the Windows 8 install along with it?

    * Can you install 8 using one 7 key at one point and then use another 7 key later? It looks like, even though you have to enter the product key of your new device to get the upgrade, the upgrade is not tied to that particular key...I'm wondering if installing it ties it irrevocably to a key, or whether it is an OEM install that gets tied to a motherboard, or whether you can transfer it around from one computer to another with different 7 keys, or what?

    Why do I care? 'Cause even though I have a serious beef with Windows 8, and would never use it as a primary OS, I sure wouldn't mind making money off of people who do... :-\
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    dauntekong , August 21, 2012 2:31 PM
    Why cant I go from Windows 7 Home and 14.99 to Windows 7 Ultimate? Thats a good deal there.
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    super d spamalot , August 21, 2012 2:34 PM
    Old_Fogie_Late_BloomerI dislike Windows 8 as much as the next guy, but I find myself wondering:* You can install this on any computer running XP, Vista, or 7; can I partition my hard drive, install my copy of Windows 7 OEM to that partition, upgrade that install to 8, and then dual boot between the two?* Could you do the same thing with a copy of Windows 7 Retail? If you transfer your retail license from one machine to another, can you transfer the Windows 8 install along with it?* Can you install 8 using one 7 key at one point and then use another 7 key later? It looks like, even though you have to enter the product key of your new device to get the upgrade, the upgrade is not tied to that particular key...I'm wondering if installing it ties it irrevocably to a key, or whether it is an OEM install that gets tied to a motherboard, or whether you can transfer it around from one computer to another with different 7 keys, or what?Why do I care? 'Cause even though I have a serious beef with Windows 8, and would never use it as a primary OS, I sure wouldn't mind making money off of people who do... :-\


    Based on what I've read about the upgrade process, it seems like it would require the copy you're upgrading from to be properly activated. So you'd only be able to do it two, maybe three times before your old copy stops validating.

    In general, I'm pretty sure Microsoft is smarter then you when it comes to software licensing. ;) 
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    Anonymous , August 21, 2012 2:35 PM
    with Win8 MS pushed me switch to Ubuntu. I dont want to see any more MS crap on my PC. NT4/2000/XP were good at least, but these after are soo failed.
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    Mathos , August 21, 2012 2:35 PM
    Idk, if it runs faster than Win7, and has good driver support, as well as if it can have a classic shell plug in like Wolygon said I may get it, just since it's so low priced.
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