Windows 7 to Windows 8 upgrade info revealed?

It's not exactly a shock to learn that Microsoft is preparing a way for people who will buy a new Windows 7 desktop or laptop in the near future to upgrade to the upcoming Windows 8. Microsoft has made similar upgrade paths available to consumers whenever a new version of Windows was close to launching.

News.com reports that, according to their sources, consumers who buy a Windows 7 PC running Home Basic or higher will be able to get an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro when it is launched later this year. The story claims that the program will begin either on or around June 2nd.

The update to Windows 8 Pro won't be free; Microsoft will charge users some kind of fee for the upgrade from Windows 7, according to the story. So far, there's no word on what that upgrade fee might be. The Windows 8 Pro update program is reportedly to last until sometime in January 2013.

The story adds that Microsoft wants to launch the program during the summer so that PC makers can benefit from sales for the back-to-school time period, even though Windows 8 itself is not expected to launch until after the fall school sessions begin. Microsoft has not officially commented on its Windows 8 upgrade plans.

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Who remembers the Windows 7 House Party? Microsoft is probably gonna go easy on the promotions this time around.

- Windows 7 Free Upgrade Program
- Windows 7 Upgrade Offer at $49.99
- Windows 7 House Party
- New Effiiency

In 2009, MS sponsored an event all around the US called The New Efficiency: IT Professional and Developer Technical Briefing. This briefing or convention or whatever described the upgrade path and details of the introduction to Windows 7. Along with the free materials, MS also gave away 1 free legit copy of MS Windows 7 Prof 32 bit or 64 bit versions to all attendees. It is reasonable to assume that once Windows 8 is introduced, MS will sponsor a similar event and give out free copies. One just has to be diligent in looking out for these technical briefings in the next couple of months.

myxomatosis said,
You mean "downgrade"?

Productive people realize this. But, the Microsoft "spin doctors" will try to convince you to the contrary. "They" just don't realize that keyboards and mice are still the dominant ways of serious data entry.

nyolc8 said,
old windows logo in the corner...

So? Windows 8 hasn't launched yet, so obviously they're not going to use the new branding publicly yet. The exception being preview events of Windows 8.

Jimmy422 said,
Wonder what made them change from giving it away for free?

The fact that they don't have to do damage control anymore. Vista ruined some of their reputation and they needed Windows 7 to shine to prove they are still the leading OS.

Jimmy422 said,
Wonder what made them change from giving it away for free?

It remains to be seen if there will not be a free offer, one thing to note is that this offer includes an upgrade from an edition as low as Home Basic to Win 8 Pro

Panda X said,

When where they giving it away for free?

When you bought a Windows Vista laptop after 7 went RTM but wasn't GA you got a free upgrade. My uncle got a free upgrade when he bought his laptop at the end of July 09'. I was hoping 8 would be the same.

Trueblue711 said,

The fact that they don't have to do damage control anymore. Vista ruined some of their reputation and they needed Windows 7 to shine to prove they are still the leading OS.

So true and now they are going to ruin it again with 8, IMO of course because i dislike metro. It simply doesn't belong on a desktop, Where is my Windows 8 for Desktops? oh wait we have that, its Windows 7?! lol.

3dfxman said,

So true and now they are going to ruin it again with 8, IMO of course because i dislike metro. It simply doesn't belong on a desktop, Where is my Windows 8 for Desktops? oh wait we have that, its Windows 7?! lol.


your really that ignorant? or just plain stupid?
want your desktop on Win8? EASY. stop crying, theres already tons of ways to not EVER see metro on win8.
And flaming a whole OS just because of 1 feature YOU personally don't like... lulz
Windows 8 is a good OS, Metro takes some getting used to (and i still personally prefer the start menu, slimmed down as i only use the search in there ) but you can only focus on 1 thing at a time, if this is a menu on the bottom left, or full screen. who cares?
either get used to it, and work faster then with any previous windows.
also enjoy all the benefits of a new directx, much improvement in the NT kernel itself. and god knows what else is new or improved in Win8

But keep hating!

rfirth said,
Conventions? Did you even read the article?

He is responding to the comment just above the comment above his comment.

Semental said,

He is responding to the comment just above the comment above his comment.

your reply is almost like
"Its 5 min to a quarter passed half passed 2."

MS usually has these promotions or conventions around that gives away these CDs for free. They had a Windows 7 convention in Cleveland, OH several years ago and were giving away Windows 7 Pro CDs for free. I would expect MS to do the same for Windows 8.

Hope they offer Win8 for free, then you pay the bit extra to get Pro. I mean they gave 7 away for free I believe when you bought a Vista laptop during this time.

KillTheIrishman said,
Yeah I was assuming that they would go this route. What about a "downgrade" to 7 offer?

more people will be interesting with is option on PCs

nekrosoft13 said,

more people will be interesting with is option on PCs

well PCs and laptops assuming it's a laptop without a touch screen and even then. the laptops would kinda require a 17 inch screen to be useful

KillTheIrishman said,
Yeah I was assuming that they would go this route. What about a "downgrade" to 7 offer?

Surely you mean, "upgrade"?

wow the blind hatred in these replies to the metro interface is funny.
1: theres already ways to disable metro and get the old win7 like desktop back
2: there's so much more to Win8 that is well worth the upgrade, as its in every sight faster then Win7 ever will be.

Shadowzz said,
wow the blind hatred in these replies to the metro interface is funny.
1: theres already ways to disable metro and get the old win7 like desktop back
2: there's so much more to Win8 that is well worth the upgrade, as its in every sight faster then Win7 ever will be.

I'm just feeding the hate I have no real opinion on Windows 8 yet, because I have not tested any of the releases!

Wombatt said,

I'm just feeding the hate I have no real opinion on Windows 8 yet, because I have not tested any of the releases!


could've expected it with stewie as ur avatar

Shadowzz said,
wow the blind hatred in these replies to the metro interface is funny.
1: theres already ways to disable metro and get the old win7 like desktop back
2: there's so much more to Win8 that is well worth the upgrade, as its in every sight faster then Win7 ever will be.

Do you know how many users they are going to confuse when buying a new PC? The tutorial better be awesome.

kiddingguy said,
Nice. But unnecessary for me.
Bring on Win 8 so I can use this on my notebook.

You dont understant. Can you imagine all those laptops without touch screens will benefit from upgrading to Windows 8? You can't? ......

Well, I love paying extra for features which I can't use.

sanke1 said,

You dont understant. Can you imagine all those laptops without touch screens will benefit from upgrading to Windows 8? You can't? ......

Well, I love paying extra for features which I can't use.


I can. Windows 8 is soooo much more than the metro stuff people hate for some reason.

sanke1 said,

You dont understant. Can you imagine all those laptops without touch screens will benefit from upgrading to Windows 8? You can't? ......

Well, I love paying extra for features which I can't use.


Installed it on my Samsung Series 9 (non touch screen) and love it :\. Boots faster, just as stable if not more so than Windows 7, metro interface for quick apps, desktop interface for real software... just let people choose what they want, jeez.

sanke1 said,

You dont understant. Can you imagine all those laptops without touch screens will benefit from upgrading to Windows 8? You can't? ......

Well, I love paying extra for features which I can't use.

<10 sec boot up , less resources required , snappier and other fancy stuff

bogas04 said,

<10 sec boot up , less resources required , snappier and other fancy stuff


People focus way to much on Metro, that is by far not the only thing that has changed in Win8. The changes under the hood alone are well worth the upgrade.