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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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Quote from huzzl3r View Post :
just register with a valid email address, bogus "Date of purchase, etc." then wait for the email with the link to download the Win8 upgrade installer. Run it and from there, you can buy win8 serial key.
date of purchase should be between june 2, 2012 and jan. 13, 2013

brand, model etc. are the bogus entries...put in "other"...
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Quote from huzzl3r View Post :
just register with a valid email address, bogus "Date of purchase, etc." then wait for the email with the link to download the Win8 upgrade installer. Run it and from there, you can buy win8 serial key.
rep.
thanks.. originally chose Jan 2012 and it wasnt elgible.. so had to choose a later date.

Do alot of ppl here do a clean install or dual boot? I'd hate to go thru almost 100 pages for answers.
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Quote from iced-tear View Post :
rep.
thanks.. originally chose Jan 2012 and it wasnt elgible.. so had to choose a later date.

Do alot of ppl here do a clean install or dual boot? I'd hate to go thru almost 100 pages for answers.
see my reply above...

I made the same mistake too so I revised it to the "qualified" dates...

If you were kinda evaluating it, install on a separate partition so you can dual boot or upgrade....if you really want a clean start, do a clean install...

install method really would be your time and convenience factor....a clean install is a clean slate in my opinion...

I got a spare hdd which I will install Win 8, if I like it, I'll use it..if not, Win 7 hdd goes back...
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Last edited by medbuyer October 30, 2012 at 01:06 PM
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Quote from medbuyer View Post :
see my reply above...

I made the same mistake too so I revised it to the "qualified" dates...

If you were kinda evaluating it, install on a separate partition so you can dual boot or upgrade....if you really want a clean start, do a clean install...
yes I noticed that... fixed it.
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Eh.. I have windows 7 on my pc and laptop and I am happy with them. Don't see the need to upgrade.. but the SD in me is making me want to just get it now for the price.

Is there any reason to upgrade if I don't care about the windows app store?
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Quote from Sydelle View Post :
Eh.. I have windows 7 on my pc and laptop and I am happy with them. Don't see the need to upgrade.. but the SD in me is making me want to just get it now for the price.

Is there any reason to upgrade if I don't care about the windows app store?
Tangible reason? If you're content (right now) with Win7, then no, there isn't much reason to upgrade. BUT, $15 for anything is a pretty good deal.

If you purchase, upgrade, and then find yourself despising Win8, you're only 15 bucks out of pocket. And imo, Win8 > the cost of a fancy lunch
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Quote from medbuyer View Post :
date of purchase should be between june 2, 2012 and jan. 13, 2013

brand, model etc. are the bogus entries...put in "other"...
yep, of course, date should be within the offer period..
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#1403
Quote from AustinB View Post :
so did you just file a claim through paypal to get your money back and make another order ? just wondering just I'm having the same issue...

Thanks

Not yet. They said I should receive the refund by tomorrow night
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i can't seem to understand why people would still use paypal when paypal has a history of giving its customers a hard time when it comes to customer's money....

but then again, they might be easier compared to your bank's cc...
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I went to the my oder page and input my registration number but it says "my account is suspended" ? what the heck...
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Quote from iced-tear View Post :
I went to the my oder page and input my registration number but it says "my account is suspended" ? what the heck...
This just happened to me right now. WTH. They can't get this right. We literally have 2 laptops eligible and I've been trying to do this for a week. Finally was able to do it last night as someone else retried and announced they had some luck. But I chose not to do the other as I thought there was no pressure as it was "now working".....And then this.
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Quote from marmasatt View Post :
This just happened to me right now. WTH. They can't get this right. We literally have 2 laptops eligible and I've been trying to do this for a week. Finally was able to do it last night as someone else retried and announced they had some luck. But I chose not to do the other as I thought there was no pressure as it was "now working".....And then this.

"Access to your account has been suspended."

after filling out the registration id, email and security check... and that is what I get.. anyone?
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Quote from peterstevens View Post :
Yes, did registration from XP.

NOTE:

For all you XP users. MS saves the files to a hidden folder called "ESD" located on the root of your drive (C:/ESD). It has all the ISO files needed. Just burn to DVD (make sure its bootable). Just check under the folder called "resources" also.
Not a good solution because on XP, it downloads the 32bit version. Win8 64bit is what I'll need with 16G of ram. I'll have to download the RTM x64 version of Win8 Pro since I cannot figure out how to get the iso now that I am back on a Win7 computer without reordering.
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Quote from iced-tear View Post :
I went to the my oder page and input my registration number but it says "my account is suspended" ? what the heck...
Quote from iced-tear View Post :
"Access to your account has been suspended."

after filling out the registration id, email and security check... and that is what I get.. anyone?
Check your email. I just got my code for d/l
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#1410
Quote from marmasatt View Post :
Check your email. I just got my code for d/l

what you mean by code? when I entered my registration info. I got 2 emails.. 1 is for the promo code and one is for the registration id...

DO i run the download assistance and plug my promo code there?
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