Microsoft Confirms $15 Windows 8 Upgrade Option

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News Posted: Fri, Jun 1 2012 12:20 PM
Don't let the fact that Microsoft's getting ready to release Windows 8 stop you from purchasing a Windows 7 system. For one, there's no guarantee that the Metro-infused follow-up will be a worthy successor to Microsoft's finest OS to date. But if it does turn out that way, you'll be able to upgrade to the latest and greatest for $15, Microsoft confirmed today.

The way it works is if you buy a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 (that's tomorrow, folks, not today) and January 31, 2013, you're eligible for the discounted upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro. You'll have until February 28, 2013 to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade.

So what ranks as a qualified PC? In Microsoft's words:
The offer is for customers (e.g. Home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is a new PC purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key for, and preinstalled with:
  • Windows 7 Home Basic;
  • Windows 7 Home Premium;
  • Windows 7 Professional; or
  • Windows 7 Ultimate. 
The promotional price is limited to one upgrade offer per PC purchased, and a maximum limit of five upgrade offers per customer.
That's not a bad deal, assuming Windows 8 ends up being well received. If you plan on going that route, be sure to read through Microsoft's lengthy FAQ. Once you're finished, you can fill out a short form to be notified when Microsoft's Windows Upgrade Offer site will officially open for business.
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It's a terrible deal. Windows 8 is a massive downgrade from Windows 7 if you aren't still in Kindergarten.

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JDiaz replied on Fri, Jun 1 2012 11:20 PM

Only if you think the only thing it changes is the UI, there's tons of changes to Windows 8 that can be considered improvements.

Better security, better system reliability, the ability to restore without losing data and having to re-install all your apps, native ISO mounting, Enterprise Edition lets you have Windows On The Go and run it from a USB drive that will work well even with USB 2.0, among many other things people will more likely than not consider improvements.

But hey, if the UI is all you care about then wait to see what custom themes come out later. Or if it really bothers you then consider then be glad they'll still support Windows 7 till 2020.

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SmogHog replied on Sat, Jun 2 2012 12:23 AM

Wasn't the upgrade to Windows 7 free on PCs bought with Vista

"Windows 7 Upgrade Option Program allows consumers and small businesses to free upgrade to Windows 7 when they purchase a qualifying Windows Vista PCs or Windows Vista retail license starting from June 26, 2009. June 26 will mark the official start of the Windows 7 Upgrade Option, and the launch of, which will provide detailed information on the qualification and redemption procedure of the free Vista to Windows 7 upgrade."

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hmm..not a bad deal.. i think window 8 must have improvements like better security, better system reliability, the ability to restore etc..

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So basically its going to cost $15 to upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to Windows 8 Professional, and its costs at least $100 now to upgrade from Windows 7 Home Premium to  Windows 7 Professional. if you are in the market for a new system now it seems like a no-brainer as you get the media for the upgrade whether you choose to use it on the machine you buy or not, its an upgrade after all. 

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SmogHog replied on Thu, Jun 7 2012 9:26 PM

You cannot compare Windows 7 Professional to Windows 8 Pro.

With only two versions of Windows 8 to be available to consumers, plus one for ARM devices (pre-installed only), what you get ought to be straightforward.

But, as is usual with a new version of Windows, there's still room for confusion because what you get with each version overlaps slightly.

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