Registration opens for discounted upgrade to Windows 8

In late May, Microsoft confirmed that it would allow consumers who purchase a new Windows 7 PC to get a $14.99 software upgrade to Windows 8. Today, Microsoft has announced that registration for that upgrade offer has now begun.

In a post on the official Windows blog, Microsoft said that people who have bought or will buy a new Windows 7 PC between June 2nd, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can now go to the Windows Upgrade Offer website and register their PC for the Windows 8 update. The blog states:

It will ask you to select your country (details for the offer vary depending on country). You will then be asked to register with your personal details as well as information about your Windows 7 PC purchase – including date of purchase, retailer, and PC brand and model. You should also have your 25-digit Windows 7 product key that came with the PC handy as you may be required to enter this as part of the registration.

On October 26th, the date for the commercial launch of Windows 8, people who have registered on the Upgrade Offer website will receive promo codes via an email. They will then be directed to go online and go through the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant process, which is shown in the screenshot above.

When they get to the all important payment section, they will see the previously announced $39.99 upgrade price. The people with new Windows 7 PCs can then type in the promo code to get the lower $14.99 price, and will have until February 28, 2013, to register for the upgrade offer.

Source: Windows blog | Image via Microsoft

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so I'm assuming when you get your discounted Win 8 upgrade key your old windows 7 key will be invalid or will it remain good in case you want to keep Win 7.

snorge said,
so I'm assuming when you get your discounted Win 8 upgrade key your old windows 7 key will be invalid or will it remain good in case you want to keep Win 7.

btw I just tried the system and said I bought my pc from New Egg and the model was "Custom" and it appeared to work. I have a legit Win 7 key if they require it later.

In Romania since today, people buying an Windows 7 retail box receive a coupon to get free their Windows 8 Pro Upgrade in some shops.

So you can lie about when you purchased your Windows 7 pc? Why should microsoft be worried? They are getting money anyways, and windows 8 is crap. I just need to upgrade my Dell with Windows Vista! If I get windows 8, I will dig through the system files and registry to get rid of metro!

lctb51 said,
So you can lie about when you purchased your Windows 7 pc? Why should microsoft be worried? They are getting money anyways, and windows 8 is crap. I just need to upgrade my Dell with Windows Vista! If I get windows 8, I will dig through the system files and registry to get rid of metro!

No one cares troll...

lctb51 said,
If I get windows 8, I will dig through the system files and registry to get rid of metro!

Good luck with that....

lctb51 said,
So you can lie about when you purchased your Windows 7 pc? Why should microsoft be worried? They are getting money anyways, and windows 8 is crap. I just need to upgrade my Dell with Windows Vista! If I get windows 8, I will dig through the system files and registry to get rid of metro!

You can't "get rid" of Metro in Windows 8 any more than you can "get rid" of Internet Explorer in XP+. People might find ways to minimize their metro experience, but it's the *framework of the OS*. You would literally have to rebuild Windows from the ground-up to remove it.

OK, honest answers here (LOL): who is going to register a Win 7 from before June 2nd for the $14.99 upgrade price? What's to keep people from doing that? Got me seriously tempted to do this on a few desktops/laptops I have with OEM Win 7's on them from well before June 2nd.

ir0nw0lf said,
OK, honest answers here (LOL): who is going to register a Win 7 from before June 2nd for the $14.99 upgrade price? What's to keep people from doing that? Got me seriously tempted to do this on a few desktops/laptops I have with OEM Win 7's on them from well before June 2nd.

You need to have the PC sold to you within the time frame from one of Microsoft's partners. You'll be asked to provide invoice numbers or other such information that the partners check on that website. At least it was that way when they released Windows 7.

sagum said,

You need to have the PC sold to you within the time frame from one of Microsoft's partners. You'll be asked to provide invoice numbers or other such information that the partners check on that website. At least it was that way when they released Windows 7.

And they are going to go through millions of invoices and check hundreds of retailers to make sure its legit? - NOT!!

scaramonga said,

And they are going to go through millions of invoices and check hundreds of retailers to make sure its legit? - NOT!!

Your retailer offer you a coupon code when you validate their invoice, you then use the code to get a product key/upgrade from Microsoft directly.

scaramonga said,

And they are going to go through millions of invoices and check hundreds of retailers to make sure its legit? - NOT!!


You're all over-thinking this. It's far more likely going to be tied to your serial number, and all serials distributed for systems purchased after a certain date are likely in tagged batches that can be automatically identified as eligible.

This stuff is very easy to do. There will be no manual validation of anything.

Simon- said,
Did I read somewhere that win 8 CP users will also be eligable?

No, you didn't. windows 8 preview users are eligable for the $39.99 upgrade coming later, that'll last until the end of January next year. However, you'll still need to prove you own a prior version of windows. I'm assuming they'll want the product key from the Certificate of Authenticity (COA). If you don't have a COA, and don't know the reason for it. The chances are you're using a pirate copy of Windows.
http://www.microsoft.com/oem/e...acy/Pages/COA_hologram.aspx

Going to register my Dell 11z that I just bought. What I want to know is if I can clean install with upgrade media, like with Windows 7. I put the evaluation Windows 8 on my 11z and am loving it so far. It'd be annoying to put Windows 7 back on it just to upgrade.

Suraj.Sun said,
Just registered three PCs(a laptop and 2 ultrabooks), and it did not ask for any 25-digit Windows 7 product key.

Yeah, I just entered any old crap, went through no problems

ztnej said,
what about the 40$ upgrade?

As far as I know, that will not need any registration, just like the $40 upgrade offers for Windows 7

ztnej said,
what about the 40$ upgrade?

If the offer is anything like the one being touted at the moment. where the upgrade price is £14.99 vs the $14.99 American's have to pay. It currently works out equivalent to $23.55 on the exchange rate.
Thats more then the extra price tag of TAX and import duty for the UK.
Once again, outside USA get shafted on prices.

Using the same 'Microsoft' exchange rate, the cost of the cheap $40 will be in the region of £63 for the UK people. We can get Windows 7 Home Premium already (with a physical disc and COA) for £83 so its not going to be much of a saving.

sagum said,

If the offer is anything like the one being touted at the moment. where the upgrade price is £14.99 vs the $14.99 American's have to pay. It currently works out equivalent to $23.55 on the exchange rate.
Thats more then the extra price tag of TAX and import duty for the UK.
Once again, outside USA get shafted on prices.

Using the same 'Microsoft' exchange rate, the cost of the cheap $40 will be in the region of £63 for the UK people. We can get Windows 7 Home Premium already (with a physical disc and COA) for £83 so its not going to be much of a saving.


It's a fee to change all those z's to s's and add a bunch of extra silent u's.