No Windows 8 upgrade rebate offer from Lenovo

Microsoft is letting people who purchase most new Windows 7 PCs a way to upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99. However, some PC companies have already decided to make that upgrade free. We have already reported that the world's biggest PC maker, HP, will refund the $14.99 Windows 8 upgrade price for people who buy select new Windows 7 PCs from now until February 2, 2013.

However, not every big PC maker seems to be joining the free Windows 8 upgrade train. Neowin contacted the world's second biggest PC maker, Lenovo, to see if they would have a similar offer. A spokesperson for Lenovo sent over a reply which said, "We do not have a refund offer in place for the $14.99 shipping & handling charge from Microsoft."

The spokesperson did not give a reason for this decision, but at the same time we didn't expect every single PC maker to join HP in this regard. We have contacted other PC manufacturers such as Dell, Acer and Asus to see if they will replicate the HP rebate offer.

Meanwhile, another smaller PC maker, Maingear, has confirmed it will credit customers for the $14.99 Windows 8 charge if they buy a new Windows 7 PC from their company.

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bigmehdi said,
Because Lenovo, already knows that windows 8 will be unpopular, and don't want to pay for you the 15$.

Or the fact that their computers are already selling unlike HP and Dell whose sales have been contracting for the last several quarters.

To be honest, it should be free. If you bought a PC yesterday, you shouldn't have to pay anything to get the latest OS that's coming in under 2 months. Don't apple have a policy where you get free OS updates if your new system is within a certain time frame?

JessJess said,
To be honest, it should be free. If you bought a PC yesterday, you shouldn't have to pay anything to get the latest OS that's coming in under 2 months. Don't apple have a policy where you get free OS updates if your new system is within a certain time frame?

I'm pretty sure Microsoft has had that policy for Windows in the past as well...

Memnochxx said,
Apple also sells you the computer.

And Microsoft is receiving money for every computer that ships with Windows.

It's only $14.99; why are you complaining about not getting a rebate? If you're buying a computer that costs a couple hundred bucks, you should be able to afford $15.

I think MS should offer new PC buyers the upgrade for free as a digital download. If they want the discs they can pay for shipping and handling. There, problem solved. I'm a problem solver.

Shadrack said,
I think MS should offer new PC buyers the upgrade for free as a digital download. If they want the discs they can pay for shipping and handling. There, problem solved. I'm a problem solver.

Well, the digital download is part of it already, I thought. In fact, I was under the impression that's all I was getting to begin with. I didn't realize they'd be sending me physical media as well. Since the Windows 7 key my computer came with will continue to function, I never once felt like I 'deserved' anything free at all.

I'm effectively paying for Windows 8, in some capacity, and I can keep my Windows 7 license for whatever purposes I come up with.

Joshie said,

Well, the digital download is part of it already, I thought. In fact, I was under the impression that's all I was getting to begin with. I didn't realize they'd be sending me physical media as well. Since the Windows 7 key my computer came with will continue to function, I never once felt like I 'deserved' anything free at all.

I'm effectively paying for Windows 8, in some capacity, and I can keep my Windows 7 license for whatever purposes I come up with.

Hmm. I didn't realize you got an extra license of Windows out of it. I was assuming that it would just be an upgrade license.

Joshie said,

Well, the digital download is part of it already, I thought. In fact, I was under the impression that's all I was getting to begin with. I didn't realize they'd be sending me physical media as well. Since the Windows 7 key my computer came with will continue to function, I never once felt like I 'deserved' anything free at all.

I'm effectively paying for Windows 8, in some capacity, and I can keep my Windows 7 license for whatever purposes I come up with.

When I applied for the upgrade, the information stated that:

“Note: You must order your upgrade using the PC that you wish to upgrade.”

Shadrack said,

Hmm. I didn't realize you got an extra license of Windows out of it. I was assuming that it would just be an upgrade license.


you don't. It is. You can't legally use that win7 license on anything other than the same pc anyway, so 'do what you want with it' is FALSE. Thought this was obvious.

duddit2 said,

you don't. It is. You can't legally use that win7 license on anything other than the same pc anyway, so 'do what you want with it' is FALSE. Thought this was obvious.

The scope of my comment WAS the PC it came with. As in, I could use it in a dual-boot configuration.

bomberh said,

When I applied for the upgrade, the information stated that:

“Note: You must order your upgrade using the PC that you wish to upgrade.”


Yes...I'm...not sure what your point is.