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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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#2581
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Change for the sake of change isn't always a good thing.
It isn't change for the sake of change. It's change for the sake of creating an interface that spans usability between mouse-driven and touch-driven devices.

Again, not saying everyone has to like it. Just saying that people seem to be implying that there is a failing of usability, when virtually all of the use cases from Windows 7 are highly similar with Windows 8.

With Windows 7, you called up the start menu by clicking in the lower left corner, or by hitting the windows key. Both of those still apply. In Windows 8, you can also use the Charms menu, but you don't have to.

With Windows 7, to run the calc app, you could click start, click run, and type calc, and hit enter. Or you could hit start and just begin typing calc, and hit enter. Or you could press Windows-R, type calc, and hit enter. Or you could click on the application's icon in the start menu. All of these things still apply. In Windows 8, you can also search using the charms menu, but you don't have to.
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I purchased my Windows 8 Pro and Media Upgrade in January. I purchased a new Dell XPS on the Presidents Day Sale and received it Wednesday. Since this had Windows 8 only, I thought I'd try to use the Windows 8 Pro and Media Upgrade keys to try and upgrade my current system. I entered the WIndows 8 Pro and I was surprised that it installed the program. After that, it asked me to activate Windows 8 but I did not have the activation key. This was last night. I woke up today and turned on my pc and it went straight to the Activate Windows screen (this is also available on the activation screen on the computer). I clicked on a link to activate by phone. It gave me a sequence of numbers that I entered. Once successfully entered, it gave me back a code which then activated Windows 8 Pro.

In short, I was able to purchase 1 copy of Windows 8 Pro and install it on 2 computers. The same goes for Media Center Pack. YMMV but it sure worked for me.woot
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Quote from raven69david View Post :
I purchased my Windows 8 Pro and Media Upgrade in January. I purchased a new Dell XPS on the Presidents Day Sale and received it Wednesday. Since this had Windows 8 only, I thought I'd try to use the Windows 8 Pro and Media Upgrade keys to try and upgrade my current system. I entered the WIndows 8 Pro and I was surprised that it installed the program. After that, it asked me to activate Windows 8 but I did not have the activation key. This was last night. I woke up today and turned on my pc and it went straight to the Activate Windows screen (this is also available on the activation screen on the computer). I clicked on a link to activate by phone. It gave me a sequence of numbers that I entered. Once successfully entered, it gave me back a code which then activated Windows 8 Pro.

In short, I was able to purchase 1 copy of Windows 8 Pro and install it on 2 computers. The same goes for Media Center Pack. YMMV but it sure worked for me.woot
Your post is somewhat confusing.....could you clear it up some? Thanks!
When & on what was the other Win8 Pro?
& why didn't you still have the activation code?
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Your post is somewhat confusing.....could you clear it up some? Thanks!
When & on what was the other Win8 Pro?
& why didn't you still have the activation code?
Purchased Win8 Pro in January. The computer it was purchased for was returned. A few days ago I received a new computer. I used the same activation code, that was emailed to me from Microsoft, to install Windows 8 Pro on the new computer which was purchased in January. Now, we all know that 1 key can be used per computer. So when I used this one, I was surprised that it installed Windows 8 pro on another computer. At the end, it asks to activate windows. Since WIndows 8 has the product key injected into the system (no label on the tower like older models), there's no way to get it to activate windows. What I then did was click a button on the Activate Windows page which gave me a phone number and a long code to enter. Once those numbers were entered, it gave me another code that I entered into the blank fields, located on that same page, which then activated my copy of Windows 8 Pro on my computer.
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Quote from raven69david View Post :
Purchased Win8 Pro in January. The computer it was purchased for was returned. A few days ago I received a new computer. I used the same activation code, that was emailed to me from Microsoft, to install Windows 8 Pro on the new computer which was purchased in January. Now, we all know that 1 key can be used per computer. So when I used this one, I was surprised that it installed Windows 8 pro on another computer. At the end, it asks to activate windows. Since WIndows 8 has the product key injected into the system (no label on the tower like older models), there's no way to get it to activate windows. What I then did was click a button on the Activate Windows page which gave me a phone number and a long code to enter. Once those numbers were entered, it gave me another code that I entered into the blank fields, located on that same page, which then activated my copy of Windows 8 Pro on my computer.
Now I understand, thanks! Smilie
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1 More day. Anyone know what time zone this ends in? Pacific? No references on their faq page.
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1 More day. Anyone know what time zone this ends in? Pacific? No references on their faq page.
It should be PST (95% certain)
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Have a couple codes to trade.
Please PM me if interested.
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#2589
Are there any pitfalls associated with buying licenses to gift to friends and family (aside from them possibly not liking Windows 8, of course Big Grin) I assume it's okay if they're not activated by 2/28.
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#2590
Have some codes to trade for $5 amazon gc. Send me a pm if interested.
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#2591
did purchase w/code for the 14.95 . was given key , but no emailed receipt was sent , anyone else ?
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#2592
how soon do i need to install the download? can I save the file and serial number till say a year later when the 1st Service Pack released? cause i see no need to convert to win8 for now, but maybe in the future.
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#2593
The license key does not expire, only the coupon does. Install when ever you want, even on a different machine.
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#2594
The promo codes ?
Do you just enter it and purchase the upgrade for $15 bucks ? Also is it the standard or Pro ?
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The license key does not expire, only the coupon does. Install when ever you want, even on a different machine.
thanks
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