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).
My clearest understanding, the bottom line from all the MS talk about upgrades. Since I am running Release Preview on a drive that never had a previous Windows Install, I will neither be able to upgrade, nor migrate to Win8 Pro for the $39.99. I might be able to do a clean install for the $69.99 when I walk in the store on October 26th. I better get a definitive answer at that time, or I won't gamble on 8--unless Full Retail versions are going to be sold, which does not look likely at this stage (judging from the press releases and net chatter). A simple, 1 page table on the Windows official site would make these facts clear, but that would make way too much sense.
Pre-order Windows 8 Pro Here
Pre-order by October 24th at 2:30pm PST and get free shipping with delivery on October 26*. Starting October 26th, you'll also have the option to download Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.
@Raph, your first link is incorrect, but the site is right. CompUSA is offering OEM versions (but only from the link to the newsletter they just sent me, I can't find the link by going in from the base URL) for pre-sale which are $139.99 for PRO, the Microsoft store does not even list the OEM offerings, quite strange! EDIT: I chatted with the MS Store and they have no info about OEM offerings at this time, CompUSA must be gambling that such a product will be available soon.
I fixed the order link because it timed out. :) :)
Have to be fast when ordering.
Folks make a new Gaming Build for $1500 and then want to "quibble" over $70 buck O/S ????
Something is wrong with that logic. :( :(
Had to laugh at this option:
I hadn't come across the 'N' version before so had to look it up - it's the version without media-player - I rather suspect the pricing means that Microsoft really don't want to sell many of this one.....
I believe you can still choose the WINDOWS Media player, free if you like but it does not come installed for those who would like another player. Probably because of some lawsuit somewhere.
Well this Edition is the one I'll get.
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM $139.99
The rest of the stuff will probably end up in a big mess to install.
Not sure how all the upgrading works BUT know this will work fine since a volume license is for businesses only.
One more week till launch and my preferred retailer refuses to offer the $139.99 PRO OEM for pre-sale (I have reward $ with them, so I have to go that route). I find it a bitter pill to swallow that no retail, full versions will ever be sold, specially with virtualization increasing. Can OEM's be installed on different VHDs, as long as you do not try more than one at a time?
Yep, no need to hurry.
I just want folks to know to Purchase the RRO (Full Version) if and when they buy a copy of Windows 8.
There appears to be much confusion concerning Windows 8 Upgrade Editions and so forth.
Don't want my friends to buy a "Pig in Polk' Edition just because of low price and "funky" advertising.
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