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Windows 8 Upgrade Deadlines Approaching in January

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Microsoft is phasing out discounted and free upgrades, as well as the Windows 8 Preview in January.

If you intend to upgrade to Windows 8 soon, you will need to do so in January, as the $39.99 price for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade will expire on January 31. You can also purchase the upgrade now and install it at a later point in time. The shipped and packaged version is priced at $69.99. The offer includes about $70 in discounts for certain apps.

Microsoft will also phase out the free Media Center upgrade for Windows 8 Pro on January 31. Windows 8 users have to purchase the software for $69.99 (and get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro).

Users who purchased Windows 7 PCs with a discount offer for Windows 8, will have to upgrade also by January 31. The $14.99 offer will not be available in February.

Those who are still using the preview version of Windows should also slowly migrate to a different version, since the software will expire on January 15.

 

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    Parsian , January 3, 2013 12:51 PM
    lol they seriously need to fire Ballmer, Microsoft is brought to sh*t by him.
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    stratplaya , January 3, 2013 1:09 PM
    Part of the problem is that Win 7 is so good. I upgraded to 7 from XP thus skipping a release and I don't have plans to upgrade it to 8. I just purchased a laptop with 8 on it and I'm happy with it. The interface took a little getting used to but it does look very nice. My biggest complaint is that using the laptop's touchpad is a little tricky with 8. I'd recommend a mouse or a touch screen.
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 12:22 PM
    Why would I want to upgrade my laptop to look like a smartphone. No thanks. Microsoft has jumped the shark.
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    snwkill , January 3, 2013 12:50 PM
    No sweat off my back... I never plan on using windows 8
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    Parsian , January 3, 2013 12:51 PM
    lol they seriously need to fire Ballmer, Microsoft is brought to sh*t by him.
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    JDFan , January 3, 2013 1:01 PM
    They'll probably wind up extending these discounted prices or even lowering them if they want people to adopt the new OS -- Figure if you look at the sales off win 8 at these deeply discounted prices and how low they are if MS actually ends the current pricing and raises them above or level with what people can get win 7 for there is even less incentive for anyone to upgrade !!
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    stratplaya , January 3, 2013 1:09 PM
    Part of the problem is that Win 7 is so good. I upgraded to 7 from XP thus skipping a release and I don't have plans to upgrade it to 8. I just purchased a laptop with 8 on it and I'm happy with it. The interface took a little getting used to but it does look very nice. My biggest complaint is that using the laptop's touchpad is a little tricky with 8. I'd recommend a mouse or a touch screen.
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    rebel1280 , January 3, 2013 1:10 PM
    Am i the only one that read "Windows 8 Upgrade Deadlines Approaching in January" and thought they meant they were going to kill Windows 8 off at end of January. sigh. I'll always have my dreams. My brother-in-law is tech support guy and even he has the that Start8 dock or some thing hehe.
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    jojesa , January 3, 2013 1:16 PM
    Several people I know tried to get the $14.99 offer and they were denied...according to the Microsoft offer site they did not qualified even thought they bought a qualifying system. I told them they should be happy they did not get it. They could spend $15 on better things.
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    Parsian , January 3, 2013 1:25 PM
    Dont get me wrong, I love it when its on the appropriate form factor. If I had a AIO PC or tablet (considering surface pro) or multi touch monitor I would of gotten it. I find the UI interesting. But my complaint is bad execution from Ballmer's side. There was no reason to not have the goddamn full traditional desktop.

    I understand that MSFT had to standardize stuff so that app developers can design their apps base on a standard UI and the way they did it was to completely remove the start/search. That however was stupid because legit productivity software and toy apps are two separate category. Legacy desktop mode is far efficient to do productivity tasks than metro. So why not just have productivity softwares on traditional mode and toy apps on metro??? was that too hard?
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    ravinmachine , January 3, 2013 1:25 PM
    Still not interested. The money that could be spent on this 'upgrade' can be better spent on other things.
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    shafe88 , January 3, 2013 2:04 PM
    ravinmachineStill not interested. The money that could be spent on this 'upgrade' can be better spent on other things.
    Don't you mean "downgrade. And I agree Ballmer should be fired, or at least lock him in a room and force him to use Win8 on a non touch, non Modern UI friendly computer for 24 hours straight.
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    digitalrazoe , January 3, 2013 2:12 PM
    ~So when is Windows 9 coming out ?
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    10hellfire01 , January 3, 2013 2:13 PM
    Don't they really need to double their sales of Win8 in order to match at least Vista trends for the 3rd/4th month of release? Wonder if this is going to be more of a nail in the coffin situation so to speak--most of the excuses I've heard of people upgrading were because the upgrade was rather cheap.
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    Anonymous , January 3, 2013 2:17 PM
    You can subject me to the most awful ridicule and hate! but don't GIFT me Windows 8!!!
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    back_by_demand , January 3, 2013 2:27 PM
    Well, plenty of negative comments here, so it's about time someone offered a positive
    ...
    I bought the £24.99 upgrade and got the free Media Centre upgrade, also put 2 bits of freeware on it
    Classic Start 8 - gives you a Start Menu and it's free
    Start Screen Customiser - puts my desktop wallpaper on the Start Screen and it's free
    ...
    So now I have all the under the hood improvements that no one is really arguing with and none of the negative points that people keep droning on about ad-nauseum
    ...
    I do lots of work with ISO and other images and need to use legitimate software, now I can mount images natively I am saving more than the cost of the Windows upgrade already
    ...
    People are looking at sales figures but you should really be looking at what it is able to do for you, rather than focussing on something that is a non-issue - and before someone pipes up "why should I have to use freeware to get a Start menu, it should be there already" well it isn't and moaning about it will not get it put back, I was the first person to howl with derision when DOS was finally relegated and I had to use DOSbox to run old DOS games, but I did the same as everyone else and sucked it up and dealt with it - I suggest you do the same because Start Menu is history and isn't coming back
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    phump , January 3, 2013 2:28 PM
    I'm seriously disappointed with this group of readers. All of your critiques about 8 are baseless. Everything in Windows 7 is in Windows 8. Nobody says you have to upgrade if you have 7, but it is certainly not a "downgrade."

    The Start Screen is better than the Start Menu in my opinion, but in no way is it worse. You can get it back if you want it. This crowd is supposed to be informed about PC tweaking. Tom's recently wrote a great summary about micro-stuttering and how you can download a utility to eliminate it. You're telling me it's too much work to install Start8, but you can create separate profiles for every game to fix a problem with video card architecture?
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    icepick314 , January 3, 2013 2:36 PM
    too bad Win8 is getting so many bad reviews because of ModernUI....

    if you can bypass that and bring back start bar, it's just like Win7 with better memory management and faster interface...

    I'm using Win8 Pro on both my gaming PC and laptop...I got it as $14.99 "upgrade" option when one of my relative bought a new laptop few months ago...you can still do full install (install to blank drive) with the "upgrade" disc...also received free Media Center update...

    it made bootup and shutdown MUCH faster on both systems with older mid-grade SSD compared to Win7 Pro...

    the interface also seem more responsive when programs is opened, using MS Office 2010, and closing them after using them...

    I had no problem with any games so far except one and that's Bully: Scholarship Edition from Steam...surround sound doesn't work in the game...only in stereo...and some graphic glitches...nothing game breaking...

    I may run into some more gaming glitches if I try to run older games but so far, any new-ish games still work great including Borderlands 2, Skyrim, CS:GO, and L4D2....

    again...make ModernUI optional and bring back Start bar...MS really did improve Win7 but those 2 particular items are making people hesitant about the upgrade...
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    back_by_demand , January 3, 2013 2:46 PM
    icepick314I had no problem with any games so far except one and that's Bully: Scholarship Edition from Steam...surround sound doesn't work in the game...only in stereo...and some graphic glitches...nothing game breaking...I may run into some more gaming glitches if I try to run older games but so far, any new-ish games still work great including Borderlands 2, Skyrim, CS:GO, and L4D2

    The upgrade assistant said my copy of Unreal Anthology was not compatible, tried it anyway and it works, all my other software works and some ones that were temperamental and glitchy now actually work better, probably down to memory managament like you say, as far as i'm concerned it's all gravy
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    bigdragon , January 3, 2013 3:05 PM
    I had never seen someone yell at a computer to do something until Metro in Windows 8 showed up. What a horribly frustrating experience on a traditional laptop or desktop. It came preinstalled on a new ultrabook I bought as a gift. It took about 2 days for the new owner to come beg me to install Windows 7 on it. She couldn't tolerate Metro and its apps. Could I tolerate 8? I could make it work while complaining about the user interface. She could not and is not technically savy. She wanted to return the system, get a Mac, or have Windows 7 installed.

    Anyone thinking of going after the Windows 8 upgrade opportunity who owns a traditional laptop or desktop would be smart to avoid this like the plague. You can spend $15 on much better things! Windows 8 is a downgrade from 7. It's too bad the Microsoft shills on this site can't relay the criticisms and problems of Windows 8 back to Microsoft to get them to actually fix things. 8 is not usable on traditional systems, period.
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    Bloob , January 3, 2013 3:26 PM
    ParsianDont get me wrong, I love it when its on the appropriate form factor. If I had a AIO PC or tablet (considering surface pro) or multi touch monitor I would of gotten it. I find the UI interesting. But my complaint is bad execution from Ballmer's side. There was no reason to not have the goddamn full traditional desktop. I understand that MSFT had to standardize stuff so that app developers can design their apps base on a standard UI and the way they did it was to completely remove the start/search. That however was stupid because legit productivity software and toy apps are two separate category. Legacy desktop mode is far efficient to do productivity tasks than metro. So why not just have productivity softwares on traditional mode and toy apps on metro??? was that too hard?


    Umm... you deserve quite a bit of downvotes for commenting with total ignorance. Windows 8 does have a traditional desktop for traditional applications, I am using it right now.

    Windows 8 is pretty much the same as Windows 7, with a tad worse driver support. The fullscreen start-menu is a tad more useful than the old one, but I rarely use it for anything other than search anyway. Both 7 & 8 are definitely upgrades from XP or Vista.
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    Pherule , January 3, 2013 3:31 PM
    I don't want to buy an upgrade version, I want to buy a full version. Guess I'll get Windows 8 the 'other' way if I need to, if you know what I mean ;) 

    It's more tempting to upgrade to Kubuntu or Lubuntu.
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