Upgrade to Windows 8 (with physical media) for only $40

With the launch of Windows 8 just over a week away, many people are looking for the cheapest (legal) way to upgrade to the latest Microsoft offering. Yesterday we reported that Windows 8 is the top selling piece of software at Amazon.com. While we've known the upgrade cost (sans media) for awhile, it looks like Amazon.com is upping the ante. Although the price is remaining fixed at $69.99, Amazon is offering customers who purchase the upgrade media a $30 promotional credit that can be used to buy almost anything from their site. Yes, for $39.99, you too can experience the Modern UI on your computer.

It looks like the demand for the new Windows operating system is high, and this is Amazon's way to convince you to purchase directly from them. Although many people might think the upcoming version of Windows is a step in the wrong direction, for a mere $40, we think it'll be hard for people to resist at least trying it out which is exactly what Microsoft is hoping to do.

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I wonder what happens if you buy two copies; do you get two credits?

I was really excited until I saw that the credit can't be used for kindle books; I guess I could use it to buy a new Paperwhite...

Here's some info about the credit, which really should have been included in the Neowin article, specifically that the offer is time-limited (up to 10/20/2012), and the credit usage is also time-limited (from 30 days after shipping the item, to 2/28/2013).

1. Purchase one of the following Windows titles from Amazon.com:
▪Microsoft Windows 8 Pro,
▪Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack.

2. 30 days after your item is shipped, you will receive an email with a promotional code worth $30 on Amazon.com. The next time you are shopping on Amazon.com, paste the promotional code in the Promotional Code box at checkout, and the discount will be applied at the Order Summary screen during purchase.

▪Only those purchases made between 6:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) October 15, 2012, and 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time) October 20, 2012 are eligible to receive the $30 promotional code.
▪Credit expires February 28, 2013, at 11:59 p.m. (Pacific Time), or while supplies last.

Also, the terms say...

"30 days after your item is shipped, you will receive an email with a promotional code worth $30 on Amazon.com. The next time you are shopping on Amazon.com, paste the promotional code in the Promotional Code box at checkout, and the discount will be applied at the Order Summary screen during purchase."

...so I don't know if this can be applied to the copy Windows 8 you buy. Correct me if I'm misunderstanding something.

Generalguy41 said,
Also, the terms say...

"30 days after your item is shipped, you will receive an email with a promotional code worth $30 on Amazon.com. The next time you are shopping on Amazon.com, paste the promotional code in the Promotional Code box at checkout, and the discount will be applied at the Order Summary screen during purchase."

...so I don't know if this can be applied to the copy Windows 8 you buy. Correct me if I'm misunderstanding something.

They didn't say you could apply it to the copy of Windows 8. They said that you pay the regular price, and then get a $30 credit to the account to spend on other things.

So if you're someone who shops regularly on Amazon you essentially get it for $40.

Generalguy41 said,

For the Amazon deal? Source? I can't get this deal on the Canadian site.

Just buy it from Amazon.com, and pick it up at Hagens of Blaine.

Generalguy41 said,
Might want to mention this is US only....

Is there anything stopping you from ordering from Amazon.com in another country? I've ordered movies, for example, from Amazon.co.uk and Amazon.ca before...

Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99
We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.
http://blogs.windows.com/windo...indows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx

Two questions:
a)Can I install the windows upgrade on an empty PC or I need a installed windows?
b)Is an upgrade from Windows 7 pro Systembuilder 32 bit to Windows 8 pro 64bit possible?

Lastwebpage said,
Two questions:
a)Can I install the windows upgrade on an empty PC or I need a installed windows?
b)Is an upgrade from Windows 7 pro Systembuilder 32 bit to Windows 8 pro 64bit possible?
I'd like to know the same too.

Lastwebpage said,
Two questions:
a)Can I install the windows upgrade on an empty PC or I need a installed windows?
b)Is an upgrade from Windows 7 pro Systembuilder 32 bit to Windows 8 pro 64bit possible?

The answer is NO & NO!!

Donny J said,

The answer is NO & NO!!


thanks for this info, yes, after reading the MS blog and the Win 8 forum, that's correct, I must buy the Win 8 64 version and can't use the upgrade.

Lastwebpage said,

thanks for this info, yes, after reading the MS blog and the Win 8 forum, that's correct, I must buy the Win 8 64 version and can't use the upgrade.

aviator189 said,

??

Original iPhone (which the iPad was based) and Windows 8 announcement.
And please, don't make silly questions or statements about that

Luis Mazza said,

Original iPhone (which the iPad was based) and Windows 8 announcement.
And please, don't make silly questions or statements about that


I don't suppose you can use a full operating system with all the bells and whistles and a tablet interface for on-the-go activities in those devices you listed, can you??

Or would you consider that a silly question?

aviator189 said,

I don't suppose you can use a full operating system with all the bells and whistles and a tablet interface for on-the-go activities in those devices you listed, can you??

Or would you consider that a silly question?

That's not a silly question. And I think you can't use a full OS for those activities. Anyway, we won't have that next week... Windows RT is not a full x86 OS. Maybe in 2013?
Also I don't think that having a huge, thick, heavy and underpowered laptop-like device with a touchscreen is any better than an ultrabook or an iPad... distinct devices like they should be. If they should not be like that, than they should be an x86 tablet with desktop functions, not a notebook-like tablet.
When the novelty disappear, people will realize that.

Luis Mazza said,

That's not a silly question. And I think you can't use a full OS for those activities. Anyway, we won't have that next week... Windows RT is not a full x86 OS. Maybe in 2013?
Also I don't think that having a huge, thick, heavy and underpowered laptop-like device with a touchscreen is any better than an ultrabook or an iPad... distinct devices like they should be. If they should not be like that, than they should be an x86 tablet with desktop functions, not a notebook-like tablet.
When the novelty disappear, people will realize that.


Personally, I dig how the new laptop/tablet hybrids are coming into the picture.
They may not be as portable as how the surface pro might be, but it's still pretty great how I will be able to easily switch in between a laptop and a tablet or just mix and match (touch on the screen as I'm typing, etc.).

I don't see it as just a gimmick. I feel that this a clear path in which the future of laptops are headed into.
I mean, why would I just stop touching the screen in the future if I think that it provides more efficiency and a quicker way as an input rather than use the track-pad on my laptop?

aviator189 said,

why would I just stop touching the screen in the future if I think that it provides more efficiency and a quicker way as an input rather than use the track-pad on my laptop?

Because of the same reasons as why you don't use a 27 inch monitor the same way you use a 7 or 10 inch tablet and a 13 or 15 inch ultrabook... They are different devices, with different interfaces for different uses and there's a reason for that. Unfortunately this will be a flop from a desperate company.

Luis Mazza said,

Because of the same reasons as why you don't use a 27 inch monitor the same way you use a 7 or 10 inch tablet and a 13 or 15 inch ultrabook... They are different devices, with different interfaces for different uses and there's a reason for that. Unfortunately this will be a flop from a desperate company.


Um...the difference here is that I'm talking about a laptop/tablet hybrid (which has a considerably smaller screen than 27 inches...duh). In most of these devices, there are ways to twist the screen around or flip it so that the keyboard is covered underneath, etc.
You're talking about a pc desktop monitor that is probably further away from the user than your laptop/tablet hybrid will be.

Do you not see the difference and how this difference can potentially be advantageous for alternative input methods?

aviator189 said,

Um...the difference here is that I'm talking about a laptop/tablet hybrid (which has a considerably smaller screen than 27 inches...duh). In most of these devices, there are ways to twist the screen around or flip it so that the keyboard is covered underneath, etc.
You're talking about a pc desktop monitor that is probably further away from the user than your laptop/tablet hybrid will be.

Do you not see the difference and how this difference can potentially be advantageous for alternative input methods?

10 inch tablet/ultrabook hybrid is the ideal (or even big size) for a tablet when holding it on many ways... but it is too small to be used as an ultrabook, thus the cover/keyboard thing is ridiculous for serious usage. Also, if you need a separate dock or keyboard and/or bigger monitor to feel comfortable, what is the purpose of having an all-in-one product then? There are plenty of cloud solutions to keep different devices in sync.
Also, those kind of frankenstein devices were never really made into big commercial success and it won't change that just because Microsoft wants it to.

Luis Mazza said,

10 inch tablet/ultrabook hybrid is the ideal (or even big size) for a tablet when holding it on many ways... but it is too small to be used as an ultrabook, thus the cover/keyboard thing is ridiculous for serious usage. Also, if you need a separate dock or keyboard and/or bigger monitor to feel comfortable, what is the purpose of having an all-in-one product then? There are plenty of cloud solutions to keep different devices in sync.
Also, those kind of frankenstein devices were never really made into big commercial success and it won't change that just because Microsoft wants it to.


Ugh...I'm not even going to bother with you anymore.
Clearly, we're not seeing eye-to-eye here, so I'll just leave you to it.

Btw, the reason I see these hybrids becoming a success is because windows 8 centers around it, the majority of the oems are pumping out tons of these devices, something which I've never seen in previous iterations of windows versions.

And I know you'll probably disagree with me for whatever I say, so good day.

aviator189 said,

Ugh...I'm not even going to bother with you anymore.
Clearly, we're not seeing eye-to-eye here, so I'll just leave you to it.

Btw, the reason I see these hybrids becoming a success is because windows 8 centers around it, the majority of the oems are pumping out tons of these devices, something which I've never seen in previous iterations of windows versions.

And I know you'll probably disagree with me for whatever I say, so good day.

Yep... OEMs also jumped into the ultrabook bandwagon and sales are disappointing. Who knows what comes now?
Don't be afraid of good arguments... They can save your life!
Good day for you too!

Mikeffer said,
Amazon UK selling boxed upgrade for £49.99 and no other deals, still... mustn't grumble!

Ummm twice the price then.

Luis Mazza said,
MS should launch this thing in online channels already. This is ridiculous.

Patience, grasshopper. I'm pretty sure they're still getting stiff ready.

Tyler R. said,

Patience, grasshopper. I'm pretty sure they're still getting stiff ready.

Sure, scarecrow. I'm pretty sure It won't help MS dealing with such a bla, bla, bla OS for more than an year and then having to deal with iPad minis and 32GB Nexus tablets. "I'm pretty sure they're still getting stiff ready."

Luis Mazza said,
MS should launch this thing in online channels already. This is ridiculous.

You can get it through DreamSpark, MSDN, Corporate Licensing and Intune subscriptions already.

spudtrooper said,

You can get it through DreamSpark, MSDN, Corporate Licensing and Intune subscriptions already.

I can't upgrade it as consumer and it is available as RTM for more than 2 months.
Microsoft is slower than an automobile company and it is obviously a TECH company.

Luis Mazza said,

I can't upgrade it as consumer and it is available as RTM for more than 2 months.
Microsoft is slower than an automobile company and it is obviously a TECH company.

You can buy Intune for 9 bucks a month and get a Windows 8 Pro license as a "consumer" will cost you a bit over time but it has other features..

Luis Mazza said,

Sure, scarecrow. I'm pretty sure It won't help MS dealing with such a bla, bla, bla OS for more than an year and then having to deal with iPad minis and 32GB Nexus tablets. "I'm pretty sure they're still getting stiff ready."

U mad bro?

that's an insanely good deal.
I'd get it right now, but I'm waiting to see if our university will offer it to us at a discount or anything.

aviator189 said,
that's an insanely good deal.
I'd get it right now, but I'm waiting to see if our university will offer it to us at a discount or anything.

I would just get it as a collector's item. It may or may not be the last boxed copy of Windows. Also, since Windows 8 is a huge shift, it's nice to have a box of it as a collection, just like having an original Windows 95 box is.

My thoughts exactly! $40 for the download or ultimately $40 for this boxed copy, it will probably be the last boxed copy they make available before going all digital (and frankly all I'm going to do with this DVD is make an installer USB drive, who installs from painfully slow DVDs these days?).

A month from now, I'll use this $30 Amazon credit to get a big discount on my dog's food. It's a win-win!

Nazmus Shakib Khandaker said,

I would just get it as a collector's item. It may or may not be the last boxed copy of Windows. Also, since Windows 8 is a huge shift, it's nice to have a box of it as a collection, just like having an original Windows 95 box is.

Xabier Granja said,
it will probably be the last boxed copy they make available before going all digital

How can you go all digital and still be able to install on a blank PC you just finished building?
Not happening anytime soon, unless every motherboard vendor starts putting a minimal embedded Linux with which you can access the internet, download windows, write your USB/DVD media on your own and then install.
And yes, I know *some* motherboards offer that today, but at an exclusive premium price, not on their entire product line.

What I agree with is that they could be the last DVD-sized boxes, as they should start selling windows on cheap read-only USB media with minimal iPod-Classic-sized boxes. Media costs would go up a little, but they would also be saving a part of that in smaller package (not just less raw material/ink used, but also less physical space needed for storage/transportation)

USB or ISO.
I have not used a disk in years.

gonchuki said,

How can you go all digital and still be able to install on a blank PC you just finished building?
Not happening anytime soon, unless every motherboard vendor starts putting a minimal embedded Linux with which you can access the internet, download windows, write your USB/DVD media on your own and then install.
And yes, I know *some* motherboards offer that today, but at an exclusive premium price, not on their entire product line.

What I agree with is that they could be the last DVD-sized boxes, as they should start selling windows on cheap read-only USB media with minimal iPod-Classic-sized boxes. Media costs would go up a little, but they would also be saving a part of that in smaller package (not just less raw material/ink used, but also less physical space needed for storage/transportation)

Good for Amazon. Others sell the upgrade at full price, no discount. Prices around 180-200 euros for the upgrade. Not intersting.