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Microsoft offers cheapest-ever Windows upgrade

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  • Started 4 years ago by raphoenix
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raphoenix
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"....... for just $39.99..."
"Who's eligible for Windows 8 upgrade, how to do a clean install, getting Media Center for free"

http://www.computerworld.com/s.....Cs+News%29

Good Stuff !!!!

Posted 4 years ago
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Zagreus
Posts: 446

My god!! Bypassed Vista, not long been on Windows 7. Mind you i bypassed Me and 2000 and stuck with 98se until XP was sorted.

Daveh.

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Superevil
Posts: 175

I wouldn't use it if they paid me the 39.99

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raphoenix
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Superevil, may not have worry about 8, may be this in couple years, huh ?? :) :)

"The Android-powered eyeglasses are equipped with a processor, memory, camera, GPS sensors and a display screen."

http://www.computerworld.com/s.....re+News%29

Posted 4 years ago
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Xhi
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Hmmmm, wonder if the $40 upgrade will upgrade from the RC.

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Superevil
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Those things look ridiculous. I'm more interested in the contacts that came out about a year or so ago that have a HUD.

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raphoenix
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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.

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Superevil
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Yea, you put the contacts in and when you look at an empty lot it'll tell you what kind of building would be perfect for that location. Science!!

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raphoenix
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Don't know for sure but think there is already an APP for iPads with GPS for doing that.

I get all my science news from TMZ !!

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ispalten
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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.

Irv S.

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raphoenix
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So IRV,

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 ????

Rick P.

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ispalten
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Rick, I don't know, I don't work for them? All I know is what I, like many others, have read.

Basically this is what seems to be the consensus :

http://news.cnet.com/8301-1080.....enter-too/

http://www.anandtech.com/Show/.....3999</a
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Irv S.

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raphoenix
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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. :) :)

Rick P.

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Xhi
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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.

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ispalten
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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.

Irv S.

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StringJunky
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"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. ;)

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raphoenix
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There will always be "ding bats" around for sure ! :) :)

The dog ate my "USB Stick" type of folks. (LOL) (LOL)

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Fhirkin9
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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....

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whs
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They know what's coming. Windows 8 will probably sell less than Vista - on PCs at least.

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oldgeezer
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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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Fhirkin9
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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.

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raphoenix
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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.

http://www.microsoftstore.com/.....pG2iOUgi8g

Info
http://blogs.windows.com/windo.....today.aspx

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Fhirkin9
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@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.

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raphoenix
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I fixed the order link because it timed out. :) :)

Have to be fast when ordering.

Gosh !!!!

Folks make a new Gaming Build for $1500 and then want to "quibble" over $70 buck O/S ????

Something is wrong with that logic. :( :(

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oldgeezer
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Had to laugh at this option:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Window.....#38;sr=8-3

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.....

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Xhi
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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.

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raphoenix
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Well this Edition is the one I'll get.

Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM $139.99
http://www.newegg.com/Product/.....6832416552

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.

Rick P.

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Xhi
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I got mine from the Tiger directly.

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raphoenix
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Yes but will ALL of those Clean Install from the git-go ????

I have my doubts ????

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Fhirkin9
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And let's not forget the Win8 Pro Pack, that includes Media Center? Nice dog and pony bit, Mr Gates et al.

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Fhirkin9
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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?

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raphoenix
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Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM ($110 with Promo Code + free Shipping)

Check your E-mail from newegg 12/19/2012 !!

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warlock
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@Rick, Got that E-mail, I'm thinking if not in a hurry just to get something new that price will go lower. They may not sell as many as they are anticipating.

Joe

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raphoenix
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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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warlock
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Right on brother.

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