Windows 8 now available on DreamSpark Premium

If you are a member of Microsoft's DreamSpark program and have access to its premium offerings, you can get your hands on Windows 8 RTM right now as the platform is now available for download; you can find the download here.

Windows 8 will be available for all consumers to purchase on October 26th and is Microsoft's most ambitious release in the past decade. With a new direction that is blending the tablet and traditional desktop experience, Microsoft is betting on the future and not the past.

With a low initial entry price of $39.99, Microsoft is looking for quick consumer adoption to help boost user rates of its latest OS and also give developers a target market with the new Microsoft Store.

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Hmm. I'm trying to sign up for DreamSpark, but it won't list any university that I type in. It's as if there's a problem with their database.

Thank dog for Dreamspark. I wouldn't pay anything more than exactly 0 for Windows 8. But now - why not? It's all funded by other people's taxes. Isn't that worse than freeloading?

What, only VS 2012 Professional RTM? Well that's mildy disappointing, we got VS 2010 Ultimate for free last time

Edited by ~Johnny, Aug 23 2012, 9:13am :

~Johnny said,
What, only VS 2012 Professional RTM? Well that's mildy disappointing, we got VS 2010 Ultimate for free last time

I was just noticing that. Disappointing.

It looks like downloading the RC or Consumer Preview will make you ineligible to download the retail version of Windows 8.

I previously downloaded the Consumer Preview, and am getting the following error when I try to add the retail release to my cart: "The item cannot be added to your cart because you have already ordered this item (or a related item) and cannot order it again. You can view your previous order by clicking Your Account above. Download orders can be re-downloaded from there."

BoyBoppins said,
Downloading now to replace my 90 day version!

I'm using the 90 day trial as well. Do we have to reinstall windows to use the version from dreamspark, or is there just some kind of upgrade/activation that can be done?

spy beef said,
why it not on IEEE dreamspark site?

Same empty result for me. At least we have the new Visual Studio. But I am guessing the IEEE will eventually list it for us.

Windows 8 is fine once you get used to it and figure out where and how to get to 'stuff'. I can't see the Corporate world beating a path to Windows 8 however. Is Office going to run as a Metro/Immersion app? I can't imagine it will with Metros simple presentations of it's apps. Better off staying with W7 if you primarily use a PC to run Office products.

streetw0lf said,
Windows 8 is fine once you get used to it and figure out where and how to get to 'stuff'. I can't see the Corporate world beating a path to Windows 8 however. Is Office going to run as a Metro/Immersion app? I can't imagine it will with Metros simple presentations of it's apps. Better off staying with W7 if you primarily use a PC to run Office products.

I've been running the Customer preview of both Win8 and Office 2013 for a good month or so now on my laptop, which I use everyday primarily for School stuff (I'm studying software Development)

the new office 2013 does not run as a 'modern(metro)' app, but it's interface while basically the same as 2010, looks a little more flush and could be used just fine as a touch interface, especially on a 'transformer' like tablet.

I totally agree with you, windows 8 is not hard to use at all, in fact I'd say it would be easier for somebody just learning how to use a computer. Only a few minor things I've had trouble with but they're not such a big deal.

Sweet,

Had some trouble logging into the link provided, but worked fine from my own bookmark. Must bee different regions or something, I'm in Australia.

The Visual studio 2012 appears to be the RC which I'm already running, so I might hold out on that.

Happy_Camel said,
Sweet,

Had some trouble logging into the link provided, but worked fine from my own bookmark. Must bee different regions or something, I'm in Australia.

The Visual studio 2012 appears to be the RC which I'm already running, so I might hold out on that.

There are both RC and RTM links in one group, I just got a key for mine. Unless it's just not out there for you yet, but Dreamspark should handle that automatically for all I know...

Marcin Kurek said,

There are both RC and RTM links in one group, I just got a key for mine. Unless it's just not out there for you yet, but Dreamspark should handle that automatically for all I know...

Ahh, yeah I don't want to download it if I just have to re-install it later on, i'm already running the RC now, so I know i have to do that anyway, just prefer to only do it the once.

Might check it out more closely later on

EDIT: okay checked it, full version license much further down, i swear i checked over them all earlier. oh well

Edited by Happy_Camel, Aug 23 2012, 5:33am :

I got...
"You are not eligible to purchase this item. Click here to view the eligibility rules in place. If you have submitted proof, there may be a delay until it is verified. For more information, please see Help."
Anyone?

Edited by tanjiajun_34, Aug 23 2012, 2:11am :

tanjiajun_34 said,
I got...
"You are not eligible to purchase this item. Click here to view the eligibility rules in place. If you have submitted proof, there may be a delay until it is verified. For more information, please see Help."
Anyone?

This happens to us when our accounts expire - we have to renew them every 2 years. Contact your administrator.

Marcin Kurek said,

This happens to us when our accounts expire - we have to renew them every 2 years. Contact your administrator.


Mother Fu***ing A!

I was like,
Yay Windows 8! My wait, my pain is over! I shall party among the gods! Yay!

You are not eligible.

Dreams and hopes crushed.

tanjiajun_34 said,
I got...
"You are not eligible to purchase this item. Click here to view the eligibility rules in place. If you have submitted proof, there may be a delay until it is verified. For more information, please see Help."
Anyone?

Just check out the link about eligible places. It will say:

"You are limited to ordering 1 of this product:
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (English) - DreamSpark - Download"

bviktor said,

Just check out the link about eligible places. It will say:

"You are limited to ordering 1 of this product:
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (English) - DreamSpark - Download"


Actually, never mind. It will say the same lol. Awesome site huh?

tanjiajun_34 said,
I got...
"You are not eligible to purchase this item. Click here to view the eligibility rules in place. If you have submitted proof, there may be a delay until it is verified. For more information, please see Help."
Anyone?
Did you get the CP/RP through Dreamspark too? Mine says the same error for French Windows 8 but I can add the English version without any issue. I previously had the French CP ordered through Dreamspark, so I think that it gets confused

Marcin Kurek said,

This happens to us when our accounts expire - we have to renew them every 2 years. Contact your administrator.

I contacted my admin saying my account seems to be expired. He managed to renew for me. Downloading now!!

LeGourmand said,
This wasn't there when i got my access to that site, this morning in class.
it wasn't there when i checked about an hour and a half ago either, it just got uploaded shortly before this article was posted

Evolution said,
Can we upgrade from the release preview?

The Internet needs a crawling bot to answer this question. I've seen essentially the same question asked every single time a beta version of Windows goes final. At least since the mid-90s.

It would say something like "Officially no, and you shouldn't anyway, but there's probably a work-around to make it possible, but you do so at your own risk, and if there are any problems go cry in a corner because they're your own fault."

Evolution said,
Can we upgrade from the release preview?

Yes you can but you can't keep the installed apps (they are moved to a windows.old folder), only your data. Microsoft already said that they would support upgrade from release preview. The comments above are bull****.

MerChan said,

Yes you can but you can't keep the installed apps (they are moved to a windows.old folder), only your data. Microsoft already said that they would support upgrade from release preview. The comments above are bull****.

Well if you're going to be all attacky about it, source? Because I have one:

http://social.technet.microsof...12e7-4672-b08b-76f034e23304

It seems people who say there's no officially supported upgrade path have info to back them up. For some reason, not only do you disagree with that official info, you're ANGRY about it. Angry enough to swear, anyway. What's your problem?