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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