Microsoft gently reminds us cheap Windows 8 upgrades end soon

In May, Microsoft announced that people who bought a new Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and January 31st would be able to get a downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99. Today, Microsoft took to the official Windows blog to give people a reminder of that offer now that the deadline is approaching.

The blog goes into detail on how people who have Windows 7 PCs bought in the required time period can get the super cheap Windows 8 Pro upgrade. The quick and dirty version is that you register your Windows 7 PC at the upgrade offer's website and you should get a promotional code via email. When you go to actually download Windows 8 Pro, you put in the code to turn the upgrade price to $14.99.

While Microsoft doesn't mention this in today's blog post, people who own older PCs with Windows XP, Vista and 7 that were bought before June 2nd can also get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. However, that price is also scheduled to end on January 31st. So far, Microsoft has not revealed what the upgrade price will be for Windows 8 Pro after the end of this month.

One final quick note: Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer also allows users to download the optional Windows Media Center add-on for free until January 31st. Again, Microsoft has yet to announce what the price will be for that add-on once that offer expires.

Source: Windows blog | Image via Microsoft

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I grabbed it cheap for my laptop (still waiting for my Media Centre key) and it runs well enough, certainly gave my 4+ year old laptop a new lease on life. However, struggling to find a valid reason to get it for my desktop. I mean sure it's faster and you get extra bells and whistles like Dx11.1 but right now cannot justify it. However, what has me considering Win8 still is with the imminent release of the "Xbox Next" later this year (which will inevitably be a Dx11.1 device) this will help push more Dx11.1 games on PC (as the current 360/PS3 are the main reasons Dx9 still dominates) so not 100% sure yet

My preview is coming to an end the 15th apparently. I don't know what to do. I only need 8 for the ability to log into my live account and the fast startup (I'm using it as a media device on my tv). Don't know if it's even worth 40$!!

I see we got our professional analysts back. thank you guys for gracing us with your presence, we always miss you when there aren't any windows 8 stories. so what I would like to know is, now that windows 8 sold 40 million copies in the first month, because you know that is the biggest flop in history,bigger than vista(which by the way ended up selling 400 million copies),what does Microsoft have to do to sell 200 million copies a month and become successful? switch to the Linux kernel? maybe open source windows and office and give it away for free and put the start menu back. yeah,maybe that'll do it.

thanks again for your input. we can always count on you guys for giving us perspective on the market.

Thank you for the reminder. I'll be sticking with Windows-7 for my laptop with its conventional display and usable keyboard. No need to install an OS that is obviously designed for touch-centric tablets.

TsarNikky said,
Thank you for the reminder. I'll be sticking with Windows-7 for my laptop with its conventional display and usable keyboard. No need to install an OS that is obviously designed for touch-centric tablets.

Funny, I'm sitting here using 8 on conventional hardware. But what do I know? I'm just an idiot apparently...

Dot Matrix said,

I'm just an idiot apparently...

He said it ... not me, can't be temp banned for that! =p
(But at least some of what everyone is saying on the forums is sinking in for him)

On a more serious note. Some people think a woman in a business suit, driving a BMW is hot, some people think a woman in a tiny bathing suit with the perfect workout is hot, and some people think a woman that is thrown together with cheap slutty clothes, cheap perfume, and that measures 22 (chest), 44 (waist) , 22 (hips) is hot. To each their own, but if you like the cheap disfigured poorly dressed Windows 8, that's all up to you, just don't come crying when your dream world crashes down.

Edited by Kelxin, Jan 5 2013, 7:03am :

Since you're comparing an OS to a woman, wouldn't the dual nature of Windows 8, Desktop (serious work) and Modern (fun and simple) make it more of "A lady in the streets, freak in the bed" type?

Just proves that MS knows Windows 8 is going to be another flop when they are so willing to offer it dirt cheap so soon after release!

IMO they would be best keeping Windows at this price point - if it isn't sellling as well as they hoped at this price point then things won't improve when the price goes up.At least with Windows 8 they can claw back some extra cash from Marketplace revenue.
(I know most Windows 8 licenses will be sold with new PC's, but every little helps)

I'd expect that a lot of people who bought Windows 8 did so early to take advantage of the offer, so it'll be interesting to see what the uptake rate of Windows 8 will be like after the offer ends.

warwagon said,
If you get the $49 version do you have to activate it by Jan 31st or can you sit on the key?

The keys for upgrade and media center need to be activated when I read the small print. I'm assuming its to stop people buying a load of copies and flogging them on ebay, and the like, in a few months time.

sagum said,

The keys for upgrade and media center need to be activated when I read the small print. I'm assuming its to stop people buying a load of copies and flogging them on ebay, and the like, in a few months time.

You're one smart son of a bitch! makes perfect sense.

I have done this £25 to upgrade windows 7 to 8 on a net book. Cracking bargain. I use my netbook which is about 3 years old more and more when I am out and about. Not to bothered about media centre and I don't think I will change my main rig to windows 8 just yet.

Lots of people are not able to get the order for the Media Center add-on to complete. Many of us are getting a error message about not being able to complete the order. Some are also getting the request accepted but not getting keys and have been waiting days/weeks.

I can't even get the upgrade code for Windows 8 that I need to get the refund from the manufacturer, 40$ tossed in the trash. The Microsoft Store support has an Italian phone number that has NEVER worked plus they never answer e-mails (and the only time they did they couldn't even get the support number right so they contacted me from a completely unrelated reason and closed the ticket). Unbelievable.

francescob said,
I can't even get the upgrade code for Windows 8 that I need to get the refund from the manufacturer, 40$ tossed in the trash. The Microsoft Store support has an Italian phone number that has NEVER worked plus they never answer e-mails (and the only time they did they couldn't even get the support number right so they contacted me from a completely unrelated reason and closed the ticket). Unbelievable.

May I suggest contacting Microsoft support for another country, say Switzerlands or the UK?

Tell them you call/write to them because Microsoft Italy is incapable of sorting themselves.
They should either help you or ask you for a ticket number to reopen it and press for a solution.

GS:mac

Glassed Silver said,

May I suggest contacting Microsoft support for another country, say Switzerlands or the UK?

Tell them you call/write to them because Microsoft Italy is incapable of sorting themselves.
They should either help you or ask you for a ticket number to reopen it and press for a solution.

GS:mac


If they don't get the phone number working and won't answer the emails I probably will, but having to call some international numbers where they also only talk in foreign languages certainly isn't something I'm really excited about.

francescob said,

If they don't get the phone number working and won't answer the emails I probably will, but having to call some international numbers where they also only talk in foreign languages certainly isn't something I'm really excited about.

Email them

Other than that, the Switzerlands support might have Italian language assistants.

GS:ios

Does that mean that OSX is bad (since they keep lowering the price of the upgrades) and Linux, Android, etc. is really bad since they have to give it away for people to use it?

By cheap, I don't think he meant affordable. More the fact that it's slapped together in such a way that it looks cheap.

Nashy said,
By cheap, I don't think he meant affordable. More the fact that it's slapped together in such a way that it looks cheap.

Win 8 is the only good looking OS that MS have made.

Win 2k and older are extremely dull and bland. They couldn't possible be more boring and unimaginative.

XP looks like something made by Fisher Price. It's like MS wasn't aware of those people called Graphic Designers.

Vista/7 both look out of date and cheesy. Aero with it's gradients, drop shadows, shine/reflections, emboss effects, transparent windows and rounder corners is all out of date graphic design trends from around 2003 (OSX is even worse with this stuff though). Even if you look at the rounded window corners on Vista/7 you can see pixelation:

https://lh6.googleusercontent....ansparency_on_window_w7.jpg

...Such bad anti-aliasing. Thats just poor quality and totally unacceptable for the worlds largest OS.

8 is most polished OS so far. The only one that looks like it's had some real graphic designers working on it. From the lock screen images, the colours used, the Start Screen backgrounds and icons, to the clean up of the desktop UI.
The only thing it needs is all the desktop icons updated as most are from Vista/7 and look totally out of place. But the whole Metro design is very modern and much better looking than any other OS i'm aware of. But what do i know i'm just a graphic designer.

Rohdekill said,
Oh...you're referring to "cost". never mind.

There are a number of people that keep telling us that the lowered price means that Win8 is bad - until you remind them that Linux and Android are free and Apple keeps lowering the price of OSX. Then they reverse their argument and play dumb over the issue. Looks like we have another one of them.

Yes, it does look like graphics designers designs, because the Usability sucks. Why do I have to get to desktop to set network settings? Trust me, that's not my only gripe, but in my business, I'm there a lot.

1Pixel said,

Win 8 is the only good looking OS that MS have made.

Win 2k and older are extremely dull and bland. They couldn't possible be more boring and unimaginative.

XP looks like something made by Fisher Price. It's like MS wasn't aware of those people called Graphic Designers.

Vista/7 both look out of date and cheesy. Aero with it's gradients, drop shadows, shine/reflections, emboss effects, transparent windows and rounder corners is all out of date graphic design trends from around 2003 (OSX is even worse with this stuff though). Even if you look at the rounded window corners on Vista/7 you can see pixelation:

https://lh6.googleusercontent....ansparency_on_window_w7.jpg

...Such bad anti-aliasing. Thats just poor quality and totally unacceptable for the worlds largest OS.

8 is most polished OS so far. The only one that looks like it's had some real graphic designers working on it. From the lock screen images, the colours used, the Start Screen backgrounds and icons, to the clean up of the desktop UI.
The only thing it needs is all the desktop icons updated as most are from Vista/7 and look totally out of place. But the whole Metro design is very modern and much better looking than any other OS i'm aware of. But what do i know i'm just a graphic designer.

This. QFT.