Microsoft confirms $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade plans

While the news got out well ahead of time, Microsoft has now confirmed those earlier reports about plans to let PC buyers upgrade their Windows 7 PCs to Windows 8. In a press release announcing the launch of the Windows 8 Release Preview, Microsoft said that, beginning on June 2nd, people who buy a new Windows 7 PC will be eligible to get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when the final version goes on sale later this year.

The upgrade will cost $14.99 and will be available until January 31, 2013 in 131 countries. Microsoft also announced it will reveal plans for people who currently own a Windows 7 PC a way to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8 "in the coming months."

As we have reported before, people who purchase their new Windows 7 PCs from a Microsoft Store retail location will reportedly also get some extra benefits for their $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade. That includes invites to free Windows 8 workshops and a $20 Microsoft Store gift card if they participate in the program, which basically covers the cost of the Windows 8 upgrade with $4.99 to spare.

Source: Microsoft press release

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I saw the title and thought it was an amazing deal thinking ANYONE who has Windows 7 would be able to upgrade for $15 but it's only those who buy a new PC after June 2nd. That's not a good deal at all considering I bought my laptop with Vista a few months before Windows 7 came out and got a FREE upgrade coupon. So MS is now charging $15 for something they used to give you for free. #FAIL

Buttus said,
if it was free, i might upgrade...

that's my thoughts as it's pretty easy to 'obtain' Windows 7 for free fully activated now with the 'options' (i.e. 'Windows Loader v2.1.3' (activate) or 'Trilogy 4.2' (infinite trial) etc) out there. both let Windows 7 function perfectly fine to as it don't modify windows.

which is what i had to do to get my Windows 7 activated since apparently Microsoft stopped my legit key someone gave me which worked for years but when i made my new PC (mobo/ram/cpu) they claimed the key is now blocked and won't activate as i think it might have came from a MSDN type thing and they apparently must be stopping those.

so i had to do what i had to do to get Windows 7 activated again

Edited by ThaCrip, Jun 1 2012, 2:36am :

ThaCrip said,

that's my thoughts as it's pretty easy to 'obtain' Windows 7 for free fully activated now with the 'options' (i.e. 'Windows Loader v2.1.3' (activate) or 'Trilogy 4.2' (infinite trial) etc) out there. both let Windows 7 function perfectly fine to as it don't modify windows.

which is what i had to do to get my Windows 7 activated since apparently Microsoft stopped my legit key someone gave me which worked for years but when i made my new PC (mobo/ram/cpu) they claimed the key is now blocked and won't activate as i think it might have came from a MSDN type thing and they apparently must be stopping those.

so i had to do what i had to do to get Windows 7 activated again

In other words, the key wasn't really legit. A key someone gave you... that you THINK might have come from MSDN. Obviously not YOUR key, so not legit.

I got Win7 a few years ago when it came out - Hell I shouldn't have to pay but maybe $50 for a new copy of win8 if you ask me.

sava700 said,
I got Win7 a few years ago when it came out - Hell I shouldn't have to pay but maybe $50 for a new copy of win8 if you ask me.

at the most, as i am sure Windows 8 is a fairly minor upgrade over Windows 7 overall to where even at $50 is still not worth it.

Order_66 said,
lol it's not even worth 15 bucks on its own much less as an upgrade price.

look out, we got a badass on our hands

"Microsoft also announced it will reveal plans for people who currently own a Windows 7 PC a way to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8 "in the coming months."

I'm optimistic that this means there will be a similar deal for us

Happy_Camel said,
"Microsoft also announced it will reveal plans for people who currently own a Windows 7 PC a way to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8 "in the coming months."

I'm optimistic that this means there will be a similar deal for us

Yes, there will be a 0 after that 4, in the $14.99 price. If that is the case, then just subscribe to Technet, it's cheaper and you get a whole lot more, lol.

Well they're working on ways to make Windows cheaper in upgrade terms, but they still have some to beat some of the upgrade deals Apple have ran in the past.

drazgoosh said,
What would the price be in England? £20?

Would still be pretty good for £20, IMO. That'd be just a quid less than Mac OS X Lion.

I just hope for that price, they'll let us upgrade to the equivalent version we've currently got, so in my case, from Windows 7 Ultimate to Windows 8 Pro (it'd have to be that anyway for an upgrade, as just looking at the upgrade chart, I'd have to do a clean install if I got just the regular Windows 8.