There's a $29.99 Windows 8 upgrade for Black Friday 2012 ... sort of

Would you like to get the boxed version of Windows 8 Pro for just $29.99? That's what one retailer in the US is claiming it will have for people who show up in its US stores for "Black Friday 2012". That's scheduled for November 23rd this year, the day after the US Thanksgiving holiday, and traditionally its the time where big retailers cut prices drastically on a number of items to jump start the holiday season.

In this case, the BFads.net site has posted up the scan of the Black Friday newspaper ad for Office Max, which says that it will sell the boxed version of Windows 8 Pro and the Windows 8 Pro Pack for a mere $29.99. Technically, that's even less money than the $39.99 downloadable upgrade for Windows 8 and a lot less than the normal $69.99 price for the boxed copy.

So, you might be thinking to yourself, "Is this too good to be true?". The answer is, "Kinda." The actual price for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade is $59.99 at Office Max on Black Friday (still $10 less than its normal boxed price). However, the big $30 price reduction comes in the form of Office Max "MaxPerks Bonus Rewards" which basically gives you an $30 credit that can only be used in Office Max stores. So unless you shop a lot at Office Max this deal might not be for you.

As Black Friday 2012 gets closer, we will post up some more information about special Windows 8 related deals from various retailers. Stay tuned.

Source: BFads.net | Image via Office Max

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So... Could you buy a copy for $60, use the discount voucher to buy another copy (spend another $30), sell the second copy on eBay or something for $60 with the additonal voucher you'll get, and in effect spend out $30 for a single copy?

Can you "clean install" Win8 Upgrade onto a blank hard drive (validating the upgrade with Win7 media, or previous keys, or something)?

Or if I got this, and wanted to reformat, I'd have to install Win7 first every time?

cyberdrone2000 said,
Can you "clean install" Win8 Upgrade onto a blank hard drive (validating the upgrade with Win7 media, or previous keys, or something)?

Or if I got this, and wanted to reformat, I'd have to install Win7 first every time?

This would be illegal as it can be abused by not really having and XP, Vista 7 installed prior but to answer your questions yes you can but you have to know two tricks.

I have three windows 8 machines but I do not want to do dirty installs. So I installed all three upgrades on blanks drives with Windows 8 Pro.

cyberdrone2000 said,
Can you "clean install" Win8 Upgrade onto a blank hard drive (validating the upgrade with Win7 media, or previous keys, or something)?

Or if I got this, and wanted to reformat, I'd have to install Win7 first every time?

I think there's an article on ZDNet by Ed Bott or on the Winsupersite specifically about this. I think the idea is that so long as you have a licence for XP, Vista or 7 for that computer, you can use the Windows 8 Upgrade media. As far as I know, it won't actually check or ask for that previous installation or key -- so in theory it would let you install it & activate even if you didn't have a prior version, but this would be illegal.

cyberdrone2000 said,
Can you "clean install" Win8 Upgrade onto a blank hard drive (validating the upgrade with Win7 media, or previous keys, or something)?

Or if I got this, and wanted to reformat, I'd have to install Win7 first every time?

As mentioned by xnederlandx, WinSuperSite.com covered this. I'm not sure if Ed Bott has, other than maybe referencing Paul Thurrott's info on WinSuperSite. See the full details at http://winsupersite.com/articl...dows-8-upgrade-media-144648

nice sounds like a good deal if they don't sell out fast if I do decide to pick one up for $29.99.

If you live near a MicroCenter, they have the full Win 8 Pro upgrade w/ disc for ~$39, but pretty sure that's in-store only. Not sure how much longer that will last, but that's also a pretty good deal.

Uh, can't you already buy it for $29 from Microsoft? You can even upgrade for $14 if you recently bought a Windows 7 computer.

TRC said,
Uh, can't you already buy it for $29 from Microsoft? You can even upgrade for $14 if you recently bought a Windows 7 computer.

As the article stated, you can get a downloabable only version for $39.99 ..this deal is for the boxed Windows 8 Pro upgrade..also the $14.99 deal is only if you bought a new Windows 7 PC between June 2 and January 31, 2013.any PCs older than June 2 have to get either the $39.99 upgrade or the boxed $69.99 version