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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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#1081
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I see. But you still need to get promo-code some how to do this deal, correct? I don't see any other way of getting the $14.99 price without the promo code.
Not sure why someone put "optional" in the wiki, but its easy:
1) Register here https://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/ using your info, computer info, and enter a purchase date after June 2nd to get your registration ID
2) Go here https://www.windowsupgradeoffer.c...US/MyOrder and enter your registration ID and email to get your promo coupon code
3) Download and run Upgrade Assistant and select Win 8 Pro for $39.99, enter your info, select payment option and go to checkout, it'll have a coupon code box before you finalize your order, enter your promo coupon code from step 2 to drop the price to $14.99 and finish checkout
4) Let the program download Win 8 and at the end of the download it'll give you install options: install now, create media (USB or ISO), install later [it'll also create an "Install Windows" shortcut on your desktop so you can go back to this step later on]
5) If you're using Win XP then the create media option is not there so you guys can try to create your own bootable ISO or DVD using the files in the hidden "C:\ESD\Windows" folder (let me know if that works)
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A question... is the ISO created specific to the key or have any other unique info on it? As in, can I just burn one copy and use it with more than one key/install for friends/family?
The ISO is not created with a specific key in it. You will have to enter the key when you go to install it on a machine. You should have no problem using the dvd you burn on multiple computers.
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Quote from deeznutz206 View Post :
You can also dual boot by creating a separate partition by choosing Custom while doing the install. That's what I did and have the best of both worlds.
But then you are modifying the drive. My suggestion is for people who don't want their work/school drive modified. It is just the safest way. Besides, drives are cheap and it only takes a couple of minutes to install a new drive..
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is the ISO a full complete Windows 8 installation DVD? Or is this some type of upgrade version?
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is the ISO a full complete Windows 8 installation DVD? Or is this some type of upgrade version?
I booted from the ISO, chose not to save any files, formatted my drive, and installed the full version. I imagine if the drive doesn't have windows already on it, it may ask for an old Windows key to validate you in fact were eligible for an "upgrade". At least that is how I remember older Windows upgrades to work.
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Will the product key work with the win 8 rtm image from August? Has anybody tried?
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Anyone received their Windows Media Center keys yet?
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Anyone received their Windows Media Center keys yet?
nope.
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Anyone received their Windows Media Center keys yet?
I got mine.
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Anyone received their Windows Media Center keys yet?
I have received mine. But I think the ones placed yesterday are taking their time.
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Anyone received their Windows Media Center keys yet?
Requested 3 using 3 diff emails and got all 3 yesterday -- took over a day to get (requested Thurs night & Fri morning)
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I can't seem to download the Upgrade Assistant. Is anyone else experiencing this problem? TIA
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#1093
I can't take it anymore. I am reinstalling Windows 7.

I really wanted to like Windows 8. I learned the interface and spent a day with it. I need windows I can freely resize and put wherever I want. The Metro apps are useless to me. I know I can avoid the Metro apps and stick to the desktop mode. Still, the Start menu is a Metro app I can't avoid (without resorting to Start menu hack apps).

I want a computer with one user interface. Windows 7 does that for me and guarantees I'll never see a Metro app.
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I can't take it anymore. I am reinstalling Windows 7.

I really wanted to like Windows 8. I learned the interface and spent a day with it. I need windows I can freely resize and put wherever I want. The Metro apps are useless to me. I know I can avoid the Metro apps and stick to the desktop mode. Still, the Start menu is a Metro app I can't avoid (without resorting to Start menu hack apps).

I want a computer with one user interface. Windows 7 does that for me and guarantees I'll never see a Metro app.
Your only out $15. I feel sorry for the dummies that jumped on the $68 dollar deal with $30 amazon "credit"

Save the key and hopefully you will find some use for it in the future.
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#1095
quick question for people that may know this,

will this work,if i put that i purchased the pc within the dates with windows 7 pro,

but normally my win 7 pro i buy in end 2010?,

will this work? when installing? the new win 8..?

thanks
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