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Last Edited by widgit October 26, 2012 at 03:42 PM
I didnt know how exactly to word the title, so hope this doesnt confuse anyone...

Windows 8 available through the upgrade website now (it said available tomorrow, but you can get it today)...log in with your registration comfirmation number and email address at
https://www.windowsupgradeoffer.c...US/MyOrder

scroll down a little on the page and you will have your promo code...download/run the windows 8 upgrade advisor and follow step by step...

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Last Edited by andyk May 24, 2014 at 11:41 AM
I originally had Windows 8 Pro (from the $15/$40 deal) installed with Media Center (from the free offer). I was able to do a clean install to "Windows 8.1 Pro (with Update 1) with Media Center" in 4/2014 by doing the following:
Now that both $15 and $40 deals are dead, what next?
Most frequently asked Windows 8 Pro upgrade Q & A (jump to the relevant section below if you cannot find your answer here)
amitdaswani's version
Short version (expanded below) of upgrading to Win 8 Pro for one PC via download in general
  1. (Optional) Get promo code: http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US (expanded below)
  2. Get media and product key by downloading and running the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy (expanded below)
  3. Install and activate, expanded below with other Q & A

1. (Optional) Get promo code to get upgrade for $15 (Optional because you are supposed to have bought a qualified Windows 7 PC in order to get this promo; if you did not buy a qualified Windows 7 PC, you can go to step 2 and upgrade for $199.99 for Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 for $119.99)
  • Q & A
    • FAQ: http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/Home/Faq
    • If you buy a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you can purchase a download of Windows 8 Pro at a special promotional price that varies by region.
    • Do I have to install the Windows 8 upgrade on the eligible PC, or can I install it on another PC?
      • The upgrade offer is tied to a Windows 7 PC purchased from June 2nd, 2012 through January 31, 2013, but you can choose to redeem the offer and install the upgrade on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying base operating system.
    • What is the last day for me to register and order the Windows Upgrade Offer?
      • You must make your qualifying Windows 7 PC purchase prior to January 31, 2013; you must register for the program and subsequently purchase and download the Windows 8 upgrade by February 28, 2013. (So it seems the promo code will give a bigger discount after 1/31 when the $40 offer ends.)
  • Steps
    • Some people suggest using Internet Explorer or Chrome. Register at http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US.
      • Continue. Enter valid e-mail address. Continue.
      • Some people still don't have to enter a Windows 7 product key. But many get a "suspended" message (if the Windows 7 PC purchase information is made up?): http://slickdeals.net/newsearch.php?showposts=1&threadid=5386070&q=suspended
      • Note your confirmation number. You will also receive an e-mail with subject "Windows Upgrade Offer Registration Confirmation" having the same confirmation number.
    • Get your promo code
      • If you registered earlier (before 10/26?), look up your promo code here: https://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/MyOrder. You will get another e-mail.
      • If you just registered, you will receive the other e-mail automatically (without visiting the above site) with subject "Windows 8 is here. Get your upgrade now". Simply find your promo code in the e-mail.

2. Get media and product key
  • Q & A
    • http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8
    • Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 8?
      • Yes, but you can't do this using the Upgrade Assistant. If your PC has a 64-bit capable processor (CPU) but is currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 8, but you'll need to buy Windows 8 as a DVD or use a disc from the retail boxed version.
      • (One workaround is to download again on a PC running a 64-bit version of Windows.)
    • Will I get the 32-bit or 64-bit version?
      • The Upgrade Assistant chooses on its own based on existing software.
  • Download and run the Upgrade Assistant
    • Download links are available from:
    • If possible, run the Upgrade Assistant on the PC you want to upgrade. Otherwise it may or may not work, because:
    • See screen shots: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx
    • The Upgrade Assistant will check apps and devices if they are compatible or not.
    • You will initially see $199.99 for Windows 8 Pro or $119.99 for Windows 8. Order Windows 8 Pro if you have a promo code. Click Checkout to enter your billing info. (Optional) Before you "Confirm your order", enter your promo code, click Apply to see the promo price of $14.99. Check "I agree to the terms and conditions", then "Buy".
      • You can buy a DVD for an additional $14.99 plus shipping if you want (note: you can also buy a DVD later, see Q & A)
    • You will get your product key. You can View Receipt, which is also e-mailed to you.
    • You can choose to
      • proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”), or
      • by creating your own media (people report that this option is NOT available on XP, so create it manually from C:\ESD\Windows), or
        • If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes.
        • Save it to any folder WITHOUT MODIFYING THE NAME (Keep it as "Windows")
        • Right click -> Open with -> Windows Disc Image burner and burn it to a blank DVD (it's almost 3GBs).
        • Then you can install anytime and have a backup disc just in case. Recommend saving your product key(s) someplace.
      • install later from your desktop.

3. Install and activate, other Q & A
Documents / Guides
Still miss Start menu?I find this as a the best & Free option to get the START button functionality.. (have been using this for few days)
Much easier and cheap trick is here: http://blogs.computerworld.com/19820/how_to_bring_back_the_start_menu_to_the_windows_8_desktop

Windows Media Center
Microcenter: Get $15 Mfr. Rebates when You Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro:
  • http://microcenter.com/site/email...grade.aspx
  • Buy a Windows 7 PC and purchase Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $14.99 from Microsoft at windowsupgradeoffer.com
  • Follow the Manufacture Upgrade Mail-in Rebate Process by using the forms provided by the manufacturers listed below (PDF format).
  • Submit the Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade receipt, original eligible computer purchase receipt, and UPC label found on the packaging to get your $15 Manufacturer Mail-in Rebate.

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Hey guys. I found this link $15 mfr. upgrade offer to use with your Microsoft Upgrade offer. YMMV but you may be able to get the cost of the upgrade. Just read the forms for each retailer. Will update the wiki.

rebate forms [microcenter.com]


It's easy to get a $15 mfr. upgrade offer to use with your Microsoft Upgrade offer. Here's how:

Buy a Windows 7 PC and purchase Windows 8 Pro Upgrade for $14.99 from Microsoft at windowsupgradeoffer.com

Follow the Manufacture Upgrade Mail-in Rebate Process by using the forms provided by the manufacturers listed below (PDF format).

Submit the Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade receipt, original eligible computer purchase receipt, and UPC label found on the packaging to get your $15 Manufacturer Mail-in Rebate.


ASUS All-in-Ones

ASUS Notebooks

ASUS Desktops

Dell

HP - website

Lenovo

Toshiba

PowerSpec
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Ive tried everything I can think of to update my HP laptop (Im no PC novice) but for me its still not working to benefit from this 15.00 Win 8 offer. For some putting "other" "other" as pc make/model works, for some they just put it in straight away and it works. Either way, its not working no matter what I do and even after walking away and giving it a few days I still get,

"Unfortunately, based on the information you provided during the registration process you are not eligible for the upgrade offer.Please refer to the program requirements. Your Reference ID: WU(long line of numbers)"

At this point Im tempted to just keep my Win 7 Pro that I have (I just updated this laptop no long ago) and just get Win 8 later and/or use the other updated link to pay 40.00 for Win 8.

My theory is it may be referring to my Win 7 Pro Product Key and since I have tried many times before it may just be rejecting me period since I have re-entered the Win 7 Pro Product Key.

Its only a few steps to follow there isnt much to "alter" on the form. Not sure why this wont work for me.
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Well, the obvious question is, does your Win7 laptop qualify? The criteria are reportedly being enforced now, unlike the first several days of the offer.
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No I upgraded OS to Win 7 Pro, the HP laptop Ive had for almost maybe 2 years now (cant remember, time flies). It appears though other people have still been able to thought benefit from this. However on the site you choose the date when you purchased your PC, I just choose a date between the eligible time frame from the site (like everyone else did) and then I get denied. It seems others (that I know who have not purchased a recent pc) are able to benefit from it still.
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If the rules are really not yet being enforced, then I'd say, try on a different network, maybe using a different PC (but same Win7 license if you have to). That worked for me in the first days, when I got denied with 'uneligible' Win7 keys from my home network. Also, I was always asked for the key, when applying from here, unlike when I went to two other networks.

If I recall, the upgrade offer was linked to recent PC purchase, not sure if retail upgrade to Win7 qualified.

I really doubt that anything you enter, except the Win7 key, matters beyond simply screening for obvious fails. If the Win7 key doesn't look 'qualifying', I'm guessing that's the primary filter that's being used.
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If the rules are really not yet being enforced, then I'd say, try on a different network, maybe using a different PC (but same Win7 license if you have to). That worked for me in the first days, when I got denied with 'uneligible' Win7 keys from my home network. Also, I was always asked for the key, when applying from here, unlike when I went to two other networks.

If I recall, the upgrade offer was linked to recent PC purchase, not sure if retail upgrade to Win7 qualified.

I really doubt that anything you enter, except the Win7 key, matters beyond simply screening for obvious fails. If the Win7 key doesn't look 'qualifying', I'm guessing that's the primary filter that's being used.
Yeah I think its a tad weird that it would go by other pc details and protocals when it asks you to enter information such as the win 7 prod key. I will try from another network and see if that works but I wont be able to try until Sunday night/Monday. Personally I think it should go by the prod key for Win 7 and nothing else. Especially for those that purchased the software not long ago. But that would be thinking logically and common sense. Oh and lets not forget the main thing, money/greed. Roll Eyes (Sarcastic)
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I really wanted to like windows 8 and got the $15 upgrade.Even after installing various metro busting programs (classic shell / vistart) it never gave the same feel as windows 7. I think Microsoft has really messed up with this, its not a desktop OS but a tablet OS which is EXTREMELY frustrating to use on a laptop. Thank God I had made a backup, restored windows 7 and called microsoft ,who were very efficient in processing my refund!
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Quote from homesm View Post :
I really wanted to like windows 8 and got the $15 upgrade.Even after installing various metro busting programs (classic shell / vistart) it never gave the same feel as windows 7. I think Microsoft has really messed up with this, its not a desktop OS but a tablet OS which is EXTREMELY frustrating to use on a laptop. Thank God I had made a backup, restored windows 7 and called microsoft ,who were very efficient in processing my refund!
the retro desktop acts the same way as the desktop in win7, vista, and XP.

the majority like win8.

give it time and it will grow on you.
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Quote from ReverseHandedJO View Post :
the retro desktop acts the same way as the desktop in win7, vista, and XP.

the majority like win8.

give it time and it will grow on you.


Yawn.......

Poll: Scant demand for Microsoft's Windows 8

The phone survey of nearly 1,200 adults in the U.S. found 52 percent hadn't even heard of Windows 8 leading up to Friday's release of the redesigned software.

Among the people who knew something about the new operating system, 61 percent had little or no interest in buying a new laptop or desktop computer running on Windows 8, according to the poll. And only about a third of the people who've heard about the new system believe it will be an improvement (35 percent).


http://www.usatoday.com/story/tec...8/1664465/
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why I cannot get reference id . Got this message when inputting my window 7 sn "Unfortunately, based on the information you provided during the registration process you are not eligible for the upgrade offer."
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Yawn.......

Poll: Scant demand for Microsoft's Windows 8

The phone survey of nearly 1,200 adults in the U.S. found 52 percent hadn't even heard of Windows 8 leading up to Friday's release of the redesigned software.

Among the people who knew something about the new operating system, 61 percent had little or no interest in buying a new laptop or desktop computer running on Windows 8, according to the poll. And only about a third of the people who've heard about the new system believe it will be an improvement (35 percent).


http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2012/10/28/poll-scant-demand-for-microsofts-windows-8/1664465/

You know, it's pretty irrelevant IMO. People are gonna get Windows 8 on their new machines and that's really where the awareness is gonna pick up. New versions always have a slow start and people were saying the same things about Windows 7.
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Quote from ReverseHandedJO View Post :
the retro desktop acts the same way as the desktop in win7, vista, and XP.

the majority like win8.

give it time and it will grow on you.

Windows 8 survey- half prefer Windows 7
HONG KONG, Sep 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Forumswindows8.com, the largest Windows 8 help and support forum on the Internet, recently polled Windows 8 users on their feelings regarding Microsoft's flagship product. Over 50,000 users have voted in the poll which covered questions ranging from thoughts on Windows 8's Metro UI to what they feel is the operating system's biggest weakness.



http://www.forumswindows8.com/gen...a-7853.htm
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So far, I upgraded two of my laptops and I really like Win 8 pro, Takes a fair amount of getting used to for certain aspects, I like the widgets and the metro for the most part. I would think it would work best with a touch screen(obviously), but so far not bad on a year and half old ultra book.
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read so many people unhappy with Metro and I also planned to install classic shell and remove Metro UI.

fortunately, I like almost everything in Window 8, including Metro UI. I don't to remove anything. I just unpin any unused apps from start screen. I ended up not needing classic shell or any hacks.

To take full advantage of window 8 multi gestures, I bought a new release Logitech touchpad T650, which I highly recommend.

I think alot of people don't like Window 8 mainly because people usually don't like changes, especially change from something that they are used to for so long (window 7 and backward).
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Yawn.......

Poll: Scant demand for Microsoft's Windows 8

The phone survey of nearly 1,200 adults in the U.S. found 52 percent hadn't even heard of Windows 8 leading up to Friday's release of the redesigned software.

Among the people who knew something about the new operating system, 61 percent had little or no interest in buying a new laptop or desktop computer running on Windows 8, according to the poll. And only about a third of the people who've heard about the new system believe it will be an improvement (35 percent).


http://www.usatoday.com/story/tec...8/1664465/
getting sleepy? republican or democrat? one doesnt like change.

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You know, it's pretty irrelevant IMO. People are gonna get Windows 8 on their new machines and that's really where the awareness is gonna pick up. New versions always have a slow start and people were saying the same things about Windows 7.
thats my point too. they be exposed to it that way for sure.

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So far, I upgraded two of my laptops and I really like Win 8 pro, Takes a fair amount of getting used to for certain aspects, I like the widgets and the metro for the most part. I would think it would work best with a touch screen(obviously), but so far not bad on a year and half old ultra book.
lil one how many times are you going to reply to my same post? =P
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