More info on Windows 8 upgrade offer revealed

As we have previously reported, Microsoft will begin to offer people who buy a new Windows 7 PC a way to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. The program will begin tomorrow, June 2nd, and last until January 31, 2013. Now Microsoft has launched an FAQ with more information about the Windows 8 upgrade offer.

The FAQ states that when Windows 8 Pro becomes available, the people eligible for the upgrade for their new Windows 7 PCs will get a downloadable copy of Windows 8 Pro. If they want a DVD with Windows 8 Pro, they can get one "for an additional cost." Specific pricing was not mentioned. Also, the Windows 8 Media Center Pack is not included as part of the Windows 8 upgrade offer; users who want to have that feature must pay extra to download and install Media Center.

New PCs with Windows 7 Starter are not eligible for the Window 8 upgrade offer but PCs with Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, and Ultimate versions of Windows 7 are able to be a part of the Windows 8 upgrade. Also, there is an limit of five upgrade offers per customer. Microsoft adds, "The offer is for individual customers like students, home users, and enthusiasts. Organizations can be eligible subject to this maximum limit per organization."

Microsoft has already said it will reveal more information on how existing Windows 7 customers can get upgraded to Windows 8 "in the coming months."

Thanks to Jags_FL for the tip!

Source: Windows Upgrade Offer FAQ

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Windows 8 does not have DVD playback?! What the ****?!

As if Metro was not ugly enough, I didn't even know about this. Microsoft is trying really hard for people to ditch them.

sexypepperoni said,
Windows 8 does not have DVD playback?! What the ****?!

This has been covered on this site before.

If your OEM PC has an optical drive the OEM will add the DVD playback support. It's just not included by Microsoft for every windows license sold. No need to pay royalties on devices incapable of the feature.
The average best buy shopper has no worries.
If you build your own systems, the optical drive you buy will contain the necessary software.

To add on to deadonthefloor's comment, there are always free alternatives than whatever Microsoft includes/doesn't include in Windows.

VLC is a great alternative for DVD playback on Windows 8.
XBMC is capable of playing DVD's and replacing Windows Media Center (saving you money!).

Well the question for me is.. are there any tablets out right now that are built with Windows 8 in mind? I'm very interested in a tablet but I would rather wait until they have certified Windows 8 tablets available.

Enron said,
Well the question for me is.. are there any tablets out right now that are built with Windows 8 in mind? I'm very interested in a tablet but I would rather wait until they have certified Windows 8 tablets available.

I am in the same situation: I need to replace my ancient M400 Portege' and I checked the Lenovo Convertible units and some others. At the end I decided to wait few more months and see what OEMs will offer shortly. Maybe there will be some kind of discounts to boost the momentum maybe not but to be honest I had an awkward feeling about buying a new device right now ........... quite irrational I know but......... whatever!
Furthermore if you are a big fan of Touch new screens supporting a higher number of touch point will arrive with W8 launch, or at least so I was told.

Microsoft has previously said if you upgrade you will keep DVD playback and all that stuff. but a clean install will probably not. but just get VLC player its free and most people just use it anyway. I wouldnt be worried about windows media anything lol

Why should I pay to "upgrade" from an operating system that includes DVD playback license to another one that requires extra money to do that?

kostas_pav said,
Why should I pay to "upgrade" from an operating system that includes DVD playback license to another one that requires extra money to do that?

Because it'll still be cheaper than buying it retail? Just a guess.

kostas_pav said,
Why should I pay to "upgrade" from an operating system that includes DVD playback license to another one that requires extra money to do that?

Good thing we live in a free world where you can opt not to upgrade.

what said,

Good thing we live in a free world where you can opt not to upgrade.

But we all live in communist Russia and have to upgrade!

kostas_pav said,
Why should I pay to "upgrade" from an operating system that includes DVD playback license to another one that requires extra money to do that?

You have obviously never heard of VLC

warwagon said,
So can I do a clean install from the upgrade?

I'd wager that a tool like RT 7 Lite will eventually be made that would allow for the possibility for you to make a bootable ISO of the files, if the download itself isn't in ISO form.

Javik said,

I'd wager that a tool like RT 7 Lite will eventually be made that would allow for the possibility for you to make a bootable ISO of the files, if the download itself isn't in ISO form.

I sure hope someone releases a ISO from this - I see no reason why I can't find a upgrade ISO to use on my Win7 installation no matter how old it is!