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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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#2101
Quote from inmyveganopinion View Post :
anyone know the upgrade cost to get the disc in the mail
$14.99
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Quote from kodakman View Post :
This is what I did: Register first: Register to Upgrade [windowsupgradeoffer.com]

Then download Upgrade Assistant by clicking on Download Pro for $39.99: Upgrade Assistant Download [microsoft.com]
Run the software. Enter promo code that was emailed on the first step. It should subtract $25.00. Then purchase for $14.99. I entered July 1 2012 as purchase date.

Thanks. How quickly did you get an email?
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Immediately.
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#2104
Will I make more $ if I wait until after this promo ends, before selling my extra Amazon W8 upgrade disks I got for around $40? Even though if If I do buyer won't get free WMC $10 value?
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Immediately.
Awesome thanks so much! Everything went well. But, jeez the Media Center Pack key is taking forever!

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At this point it is all about timing. Just keep checking. (The deal seems to come back when sales slow)
Please post if anyone gets the deal today
I ordered this morning and just paid $14.99 (it's downloading now).
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Awesome thanks so much! Everything went well. But, jeez the Media Center Pack key is taking forever!

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MCP key will take a day or two..............................
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Quote from leiff View Post :
Will I make more $ if I wait until after this promo ends, before selling my extra Amazon W8 upgrade disks I got for around $40? Even though if If I do buyer won't get free WMC $10 value?
get a free key to use and include it with the sale.
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Is there no way to upgrade from windows 8 to windows 8 Pro? I can't even get through the upgrade assistant without getting an error saying it's not available for download in my country/region. I restarted a few times and get the same message everytime I try, Makes no sense to me. any help would be appreciated
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Quote from EvilRyu666 View Post :
Is there no way to upgrade from windows 8 to windows 8 Pro? I can't even get through the upgrade assistant without getting an error saying it's not available for download in my country/region. I restarted a few times and get the same message everytime I try, Makes no sense to me. any help would be appreciated
you will have to clean install.
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Quote from ReverseHandedJO View Post :
you will have to clean install.
I'd be fine with that, just got the laptop today so nothing on it yet. I guess I should try to download and save it to a disc from my other computer?
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Quote from EvilRyu666 View Post :
I'd be fine with that, just got the laptop today so nothing on it yet. I guess I should try to download and save it to a disc from my other computer?
yes, burn at least 2 disc and/or save the files which should be in c:\ESD

the first time i downloaded i made 2 disc burns and the first disc kept hanging at the same place during the install.

you can dual boot if you want to keep both OS versions for now.

also, burn the backup disc for the OS that came with the laptop before you remove it.
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Last edited by ReverseHandedJO December 7, 2012 at 06:45 PM
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Quote from EvilRyu666 View Post :
I'd be fine with that, just got the laptop today so nothing on it yet. I guess I should try to download and save it to a disc from my other computer?
Hopefully, I caught you in time. My advice take out the hard drive that came with the laptop that has Windows 7 on it. Put in a new hard drive and put 8 on that. When you get ready to change back just put the original hard drive back in.

Good Luck
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just tried this on a new computer and i got a error..

your account has been suspended. i used new email and phone and name. what gives?
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same here...account suspended. got the email to download the assistant and trying that now
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