Microsoft offers cheapest-ever Windows upgrade(35 posts)
Was unaware that The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had any contracts to procure experimental hardware. There's just so much one can keep up with everyday even if they are a fast reader.
Cheapest ever upgrade? I think not! Doth one forget the upgrade fee when one bought a computer with Vista during the FREE upgrade to W7 period? It was $0.00 USD then, now $15.00 USD. Yes, the $40 USD is cheaper than the W7 $50.00 USD pre-order, but to me, this isn't an apples to apples deal. They don't even call it a pre-order. No 'family' pack either that would support 3 machines that MS sold for W7. Matter of fact, one can only by 5 copies at $40 USD, but I don't know how MS can figure that out?
EDIT: Note the $40 USD price is for a d/l only. Want media, make the $70 USD. W7 upgrade was $50 USD which included the media (although not really and install DVD but you could use it as such). You also need a prior license to use it, not for fresh builds/install.
I have 10 CALs of XP 64 which have never been used plus several copies of Win7 Ultimate.
How do I turn them in to get FULL OEM or Retail Editions of Windows 8 Pro ????
ALL are Legal.
Just call up MS and start giving them PIDs over the phone when 8 is released ????
Thanks Irv !! :)
With this deal, there's NO REASON for anyone not having a FULL installation media device handy anymore !!!!
(Except for RT Devices)
Recovery Partitions should be a thing of the past. :) :)
Never Rick... Dell shipped my new system WITHOUT media... and they don't even SELL it anymore... You have to either create RESTORE CD's or use the Recovery Partition (which includes all apps as well).
Recovery partitions will continue I'm afraid...
Besides MS is quite clear this offer is only until 1/31/2013... who knows if they'll move the price back after that? My feeling is they want to get as many W8 users as possible, to boost the tablet market along with the phone market. After all, if you're using W8 on the PC, why not on those devices. Of course you know 'some' will wait for the first SP though.
"Riiiight, Rick , no one ever again will misplace/lose this original disk and their Product key. When us fixers ask them for it they will know right where it is."
Yep, and I'm going to win the lottery tomorrow. ;)
I still can't get any definitive answer that satisfies the question, will they let me upgrade for $40 from Win8 RP? Maybe I have to buy the $70 preorder? Not sure of that either. 2 Different retailers were not able to conclusively answer it. I am not going to preorder for this reason....
All of the Microsoft links I've seen say that the upgrade version applies to computers running XP, Vista or Win 7, so that fairly clearly means it doesn't include the RTM/Beta versions of Windows 8 which, of course, anyone can get for free. Most retailers don't know any more than the rest of us. Just out of interest I asked at a local PCWorld about their offer of an upgrade from Win7 to Win 8 for £15 - I asked if the system we were looking at had a certified monitor and they didn't even know about that (there are very few monitors available at the moment that are Win8 certified by the way - most fail on the besel size/design).
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