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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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#2656
Quote from GPz1100 View Post :
Doing a clean install on a old dell failed similarly as in the post above (#2648). This machine had plenty of ram and hd space, but a pentium 630 processor, which doesn't contain the necessary features required by win 8. I didn't think it would install, but figure give it a shot. No error messages, just locked up at some point during the install process or right after the first reboot. I'm sure if I looked at the HD there'd be a log file somewhere.
That's an old one! I'm surprised it still functions. All of my Pentium 4 and D based systems have long since died. My 2.4Ghz P4 C ran Windows 7 fine. The mobo apparently wore out though...lol. But then again, I ran it 24/7 for over 5 years.
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#2657
Quote from medbuyer View Post :
no way of updating the processor?

I had a Dell just like yours...I sold it prior to getting a refurbed dell that came with Win 7 Ultimate...
Why bother. Dell's products are such garbage, whatever supported processor I'd install would probably not function anyway due to lack of bios update.

Quote from batotman View Post :
That's an old one! I'm surprised it still functions. All of my Pentium 4 and D based systems have long since died. My 2.4Ghz P4 C ran Windows 7 fine. The mobo apparently wore out though...lol. But then again, I ran it 24/7 for over 5 years.
I have a really old amd K6 (the slot processor) machine that still works. IMO computers don't really wear out. So long as no component failure occurs, they'll keep on working. Very rare to see a motherboard fail unless it happens early on, or if the machine is abused (harsh environment, overclocked, etc.). The machine above did run win7 just fine, so that's what got left on it.
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#2658
Quote from GPz1100 View Post :
Why bother. Dell's products are such garbage, whatever supported processor I'd install would probably not function anyway due to lack of bios update.
sell it then...why hold on to it?
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#2659
Quote from medbuyer View Post :
did you not know that other people can't get it?

others were lucky, including you from how you sound...

I did help out 2 members here get their codes...if you can't help or got nothing else to say, just don't say anything...

hopefully, you won't be needing any help anytime soon....
No, sorry I haven't been following the thread completely. I got my first license a while back and just got another one today. What's the issue?
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#2660
Anyone have a spare upgrade key?
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#2661
I know this is answered before but I can't find it and I'm short on time..

I want to buy this but not install it right now. And maybe not install it on the computer I use to buy it.

What's the best option to accomplish this ? Can I download it to an iso and then install it whenever and wherever ?
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#2662
^^Yes
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#2663
btw, the promo keys still work, just bought it for $14.99
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#2664
Quote from semifast View Post :
btw, the promo keys still work, just bought it for $14.99
Thank you. Just got one using my new Lenovo system bought a month ago.
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#2665
does anyone have a spare code, it looks like microsoft took down the site and now i got a new system i need to update Frown
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#2666
Quote from t0mmyr View Post :
does anyone have a spare code, it looks like microsoft took down the site and now i got a new system i need to update Frown
http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US

"Thank you for interest in the Windows upgrade offer. The program has ended."

I guess you can still try using the upgrade assistant...

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-U...-windows-8
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#2667
Do the promo codes still work?
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#2668
i have upgraded to Windows 8. It's good actually. I like it a lot even for a non touch screen
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Any more good deals. I got two of these and it was awesome.
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#2670
Mine I got free! first they charge me $ 49.99, did't get the discount even though I had email, as they could't give the partial credit, I was given full credit, ending up for free!
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