Windows 8 Pro promotional upgrade to cost just $15

At the end of last week, we reported on the first solid information regarding the upgrade path from Windows 7 to Windows 8. At the time, it was revealed by Mary Jo Foley that Microsoft is planning a low-cost upgrade for all Windows 7 systems running the Home Basic edition or higher – but the leaked promotional material that accompanied that information left out the crucial nugget of info: price.

But now that key detail missing from Mary Jo’s leak has been revealed by another prominent Microsoft follower, Paul Thurrott: the cost of upgrading will be just $14.99 USD.

Now, to be clear, this means that anyone purchasing a Windows 7 system after June 2, when Microsoft’s promotional campaign begins, will be eligible for an upgrade from their Win 7 system to Windows 8 Pro at that price. That price tag is also specific to the US; regional pricing variations will likely apply.

This price is solely applicable under the promotional scenario described, and at this stage, there’s no indication as to what Microsoft might charge for owners of Windows 7 systems who PCs were purchased before June 2. Upgrades will also be made available further down the line for Windows 8 system owners to bump up to Windows 8 Pro, which will include features such as Windows Media Center, but we’re still waiting for pricing details on that ‘upgrade pack’ too.

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is it just me or is microsoft getting cheaper and cheaper? didn't they offer the xp to vista and the vista to windows 7 upgrades for free with a new computer? and what they don't tell users is that if you have a home edition of windows, you will probably have to do a full installation of the pro edition, not just a direct upgrade with the install disc. that means reinstalling all programs, although settings and user files shouldn't be a problem.

I'll upgrade for the time being only on my notebook for the reason(s) given by starman444.
I guess not all software will be compatible and on my notebook are "basic" programs installed like MS Office, Adobe etc.

Why would win7 users upgrade straight away to something that isn't full compatible with all software. It doesn't work with Itunes or the Samsung software

Windows 8 will be the version since XP that I've actually had to buy. Both Vista and Win 7 I got for free from being in the Technical Beta program. Having gotten the Ultimate SKU as a prize for reporting bugs. Although with Win 7 they only gave me an upgrade copy.

This time around I got passed over for a beta invite. It has been a little annoying having to live with only public builds this time around.

They have really generous promotions after a Windows release usually. For Vista, there was the "Better together promotion" where you could get Windows Vista Business and Office 2007 Pro free. For Windows 7, they had the party pack promotion where you got it for free again.

i guess i stick with windows 7 for more years, maybe like some of my pc still using XP, metro UI and the lack of customization kill in some my desire to upgrade to windows 8, its like ubuntu and crappy unity....

eilegz said,
i guess i stick with windows 7 for more years, maybe like some of my pc still using XP, metro UI and the lack of customization kill in some my desire to upgrade to windows 8, its like ubuntu and crappy unity....

Ubuntu Unity is more like Windows 7 than anything else i've seen on Linux so far. Just take the Unity bar and move it from the left of the screen down to the bottom and poof, you have an almost exact copy of the Win7 superbar/taskbar.

eilegz said,
i guess i stick with windows 7 for more years, maybe like some of my pc still using XP, metro UI and the lack of customization kill in some my desire to upgrade to windows 8, its like ubuntu and crappy unity....

All you idiots that say ahhh I will stay with 7 or I will stay with Xp, just don't have much for brains. Win 8 yes it has metro but it does have a desktop too, which is much faster and more secure than win 7 ( lets forget about xp for speed and security). I just don't get the rationale with this, so frakin stupid (unless all these ppl are just mac fans and are just posting crap for the sake of posting crap)

freak180 said,
What about those who got the free Win 7 ultimate party pack? No discount I assume

I was one of them. I wish that were possible! However, it is no problem. I am buying it one way or the other! I just wish they would have a similar party for Windows 8!

the upgrades from xp-vista and vista-w7 were free but with a £15 processing shipping charge.
if i remember correctly

I still remember when many of the clowns posting here and in many sites paid for those iPod Touch updates. Looks like the system worked for Apple...but oh...Microsoft can't ask anybody for a new OS update that does many more things than those Apple updates.

sava700 said,
ok thats stupid.. I have a Win7 pro copy from a year or so ago..I should at least get some sorta discount.

Why should you?

sava700 said,
ok thats stupid.. I have a Win7 pro copy from a year or so ago..I should at least get some sorta discount.

You will, you will only have to buy the Upgrade copy at the upgrade price instead of buying a Full retail copy

To give you an example, a Full retail box of Windows 7 Home Premium is 209 CAD, whereas the Upgrade box would be 129 CAD

Edited by Sraf, May 14 2012, 4:02pm :

sava700 said,
ok thats stupid.. I have a Win7 pro copy from a year or so ago..I should at least get some sorta discount.

yeah, I bought this copy of 3D studio max 1, I shoudl get a free upgrade to the 2012 version...

Sraf said,
To give you an example, a Full retail box of Windows 7 Home Premium is 209 CAD, whereas the Upgrade box would be 129 CAD

and the OEM is $119 CAD.

Please note, Windows 8 Pro does not include Windows Media Center, you will still have to buy that if you need it, even if you are running Pro. Pro just makes you eligible.

Mr. Dee said,
Please note, Windows 8 Pro does not include Windows Media Center, you will still have to buy that if you need it, even if you are running Pro. Pro just makes you eligible.

I thought MCE was gone all together from Windows 8? Maybe I read just a rumor or something about it.

jerzdawg said,

I thought MCE was gone all together from Windows 8? Maybe I read just a rumor or something about it.

It is a separate add in for the Pro edition, there will be a cost, but they have not communicated what that cost is

Mr. Dee said,
Please note, Windows 8 Pro does not include Windows Media Center, you will still have to buy that if you need it, even if you are running Pro. Pro just makes you eligible.

There are going to be 2 addon packs. For those who bought Windows 8 Pro, the "Media Center Pack" addon will include Media Center. For those who bought Windows 8, there will be a "Windows 8 Pro Pack" which will include Media Center.

still1 said,
They should give away free upgrade IMO for anyone who purchases W7 a month before 8 release.

They should, they still might, we don't know. Does anyone remember the period where it was free to upgrade Vista to 7?

still1 said,
They should give away free upgrade IMO for anyone who purchases W7 a month before 8 release.

Premium, pro and ultimate users probably will get a free upgrade to 8 pro if bought after a certain time.

HawkMan said,

Premium, pro and ultimate users probably will get a free upgrade to 8 pro if bought after a certain time.

This article contradict with what you are saying! It not going to be free!
"low-cost upgrade for all Windows 7 systems running the Home Basic edition or higher"

mrp04 said,

They should, they still might, we don't know. Does anyone remember the period where it was free to upgrade Vista to 7?


Consumer protection.
Vista -> Windows 7 is an upgrade that actually makes sense.

15 bucks is to protect the customer and limit collateral damage by Metro.

GS:mac
Protip: My post may include a joke, if you're pi**ed, move on.

still1 said,

This article contradict with what you are saying! It not going to be free!
"low-cost upgrade for all Windows 7 systems running the Home Basic edition or higher"

TO THE PRO version.

Buy Home and get Pro? Surely that can't be right. Even if you don't like Windows 8 because of Metro, there would be a way to disable it (unofficially, as there is now) and you would essentially have a Windows 7 PC with Pro

Simon- said,
Buy Home and get Pro? Surely that can't be right. Even if you don't like Windows 8 because of Metro, there would be a way to disable it (unofficially, as there is now) and you would essentially have a Windows 7 PC with Pro

Yes, you get pro, as an upgrade from home. This may be used by MS as a way to rationalize the price where the Vista - 7 upgrade was free, but did not change the editions

Eraser85 said,
They used to give you the upgrade for free in the past (Vista->W7 at least) if I'm not mistaken..

Yes, but for an equivalent edition upgrade (Home to Home), this is for any edition, Home Premium and up, to get an upgrade to Pro. So it's kind of like an AnyTime Upgrade and an OS upgrade

Eraser85 said,
They used to give you the upgrade for free in the past (Vista->W7 at least) if I'm not mistaken..
Shhhhh, this is a "promotion" and you should be happy!

Eraser85 said,
They used to give you the upgrade for free in the past (Vista->W7 at least) if I'm not mistaken..
I'm not sure what you are talking about. If you mean you purchased a computer with Vista about 3 months before the release of Windows 7, then yes you were elligible for a free upgrade. Same situation with Windows 8 will likely be the same. The $15 price is for ANY Windows 7 user.

cybertimber2008 said,
I'm not sure what you are talking about. If you mean you purchased a computer with Vista about 3 months before the release of Windows 7, then yes you were elligible for a free upgrade. Same situation with Windows 8 will likely be the same. The $15 price is for ANY Windows 7 user.

No, read the article again. The $15 price is for users who buy a Windows 7 PC after June 2 this year, basically taking the place of previous free upgrade periods.

Eraser85 said,
They used to give you the upgrade for free in the past (Vista->W7 at least) if I'm not mistaken..

It's because Vista sucked very bad

Stetson said,

No, read the article again. The $15 price is for users who buy a Windows 7 PC after June 2 this year, basically taking the place of previous free upgrade periods.

Except for the fact it upgrades your basic edition to pro... whereas vista to 7 would just upgrade tot he same edition.

Stetson said,

No, read the article again. The $15 price is for users who buy a Windows 7 PC after June 2 this year, basically taking the place of previous free upgrade periods.

It's been said already but unlike Vista -7 they've now cut down the product editions. Windows 8 is just Win8 and Win8 Pro. Since there's no Home basic, Home premium and so on for Windows 8 what what this $15 gets you is the next version up and not the free same version/SKU you had before. So you could pay $15 and go from Win7 Home basic or premium right up to Win8 Pro. You couldn't do this before, you'd just get the same SKU you already have installed.

In the end this is a nice move and a really good price.

Eraser85 said,
They used to give you the upgrade for free in the past (Vista->W7 at least) if I'm not mistaken..

Free yes but you still had to pay postage fee although it doesn't make it clear if there is any postage fee here but in reality the price might not be too much different

-Alex- said,
That's awesome! Too bad it's not applicable to long-term users of Win 7.

Call your pharmacist to see if you can safely take a "Double Dose of Reality."...

Anthony Harmon said,

Call your pharmacist to see if you can safely take a "Double Dose of Reality."...


Why don't you call your pharmacist and see if you can safely take a "Double Dose of Respect Your Elders"? What is it with these no-post idiots talking s*** recently?

-Alex- said,

Why don't you call your pharmacist and see if you can safely take a "Double Dose of Respect Your Elders"? What is it with these no-post idiots talking s*** recently?

cuz haters gonna keep hatin

OT: thats an EPIC price for an upgrade. I remember back in the XP days my school would offer a student version of XP for only $30.

windbreaker11 said,

Why would they reward loyal customers? That's insane.


Upgrade prices VS full version prices... already exists.

windbreaker11 said,

Why would they reward loyal customers? That's insane.

This is nothing new, they have always offerened Windows upgrades for $15 when you buy a computer a few months before the next version of Windows. I remember getting the $15 upgrade from Windows 3.0 to 3.1 and again from 95 to 98. It is just so that MS marketing their new OS doesn't also hurt their partners selling computers.