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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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Word of caution. M$ is checking and deactivating keys on fake purchases.
Whats your idea of fake purchase?
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There was a bug on their site that skipped verification of your cd-key for win7, now it's fixed and you have to enter your legit win7 key
Just did it with IE and it never asked me for a Win7 key. When I did it with firefox, it did ask.
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Still waiting on that email...
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Still waiting on that email...
mine came within 2 minutes of signing up
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This thread reminded me to check out my campus MSDNAA account. It has Windows 8 Pro on there with keys for free. Just a reminder to those with access!
Thanks for this information!!! Just saved me $15.
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I have a PC with a Windows 7 installation that's considered "not genuine". I had an issue where someone sold me a key that they said was legit, but MS shut it down about a year later.

Anyhow, will this install over the top and turn my install into a "genuine" copy of Windows 8?

I ran the upgrade advisor and it went through the whole check, allowed me to purchased and started downloading, then started preparing files.

I canceled it so that I can back up first, but doesn't anyone know if it will work?
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I have a PC with a Windows 7 installation that's considered "not genuine". I had an issue where someone sold me a key that they said was legit, but MS shut it down about a year later.

Anyhow, will this install over the top and turn my install into a "genuine" copy of Windows 8?

I ran the upgrade advisor and it went through the whole check, allowed me to purchased and started downloading, then started preparing files.

I canceled it so that I can back up first, but doesn't anyone know if it will work?
If it gave you a key for windows 8, i dont see why it wouldnt work
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Word of caution. M$ is checking and deactivating keys on fake purchases.
That's exactly what Microsoft wants to do on the day they launch their new OS... harass all the early adopters for taking an unwarranted $25 discount. Talk about PR Armageddon.
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Will I encounter problems when installing it with windows XP pentium 4?
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Just did it for 6 email addresses... Im gonna wait a month for the bugs to iron out before I delve.
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That's exactly what Microsoft wants to do on the day they launch their new OS... harass all the early adopters for taking an unwarranted $25 discount. Talk about PR Armageddon.

Just have a boxed version or another purchased key ready. It will ask you to activate, just put in the purchased key and you will be all set.
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Great deal, doesn't really prove you bought your system during reduced upgrade price time. I don't see whats stopping anybody from using this to install over a genuine Windows 7 installation. I ran the upgrade advisor only to get a key. When I'm ready to upgrade I'll download an iso and burn it. I have a proof of purchase with an order # if it doesn't activate I can phone Microsoft.

I've done the same thing with Windows 7 and Office 2010 (bought the key for a download and then used an iso burnt onto a DVD instead of the web installer) and both times it activated no problem.
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Just have a boxed version or another purchased key ready. It will ask you to activate, just put in the purchased key and you will be all set.
Do u mean a windows 7 key or what? Wheres your proof on your previous statement?
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Thanks and repped! $15 is small fries for legit software.
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