Register for $14.99 Windows 8 on the Windows Upgrade Offer Website

Last Updated on Monday, 20 August 2012 10:11 Written by admin Monday, 20 August 2012 10:11

Say what you will about Windows 8, but upgrades are really, really cheap. In fact, provided that you’re among those eligible, a special offer awaits you. You now have the possibility of acquiring a Windows 8 upgrade for as little as $14.99. To qualify you need to have purchased a new Windows 7 machine starting with June 2, 2012. In fact, any new Windows 7 computer purchased until January 31, 2013 will automatically allow you to buy a Windows 8 upgrade for just $14.99.

Here is what you need to do to register for your $14.99 (U.S.) upgrade to Windows 8 Pro:

After buying your PC, go to the Windows Upgrade Offer website to register. It will ask you to select your country (details for the offer vary depending on country). You will then be asked to register with your personal details as well as information about your Windows 7 PC purchase – including date of purchase, retailer, and PC brand and model. You should also have your 25-digit Windows 7 product key that came with the PC handy as you may be required to enter this as part of the registration.

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Then starting on October 26th, we will start sending out promo codes via email with purchase instructions. You will be directed to Windows.com where you will go through the online upgrade process with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant (shown above) as I have highlighted here in this blog post. Once you get to the purchase screen in the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, it will show the $39.99 upgrade price. However, on the order confirmation page you’ll have a chance to enter your promo code – that price will change to $14.99. Once you make your purchase, your download and upgrade installation begins!

You will have until February 28, 2013 to register for the offer to get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

If you experience any issues or have questions – you can click the contact support link at the top of the Windows Upgrade Offer website.

Did you already buy an awesome Windows 7 PC prior to June 2nd (or have a Windows 7 PC not eligible for the offer)? Not to worry! Starting on October 26th, you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99!

Both the Windows Upgrade Offer and $39.99 upgrade promotion is available in 140 countries worldwide, with 37 supported languages, and 23 supported currencies (we’ve added 9 additional countries over the original 131!).


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Download Free Windows 8 RTM Enterprise 90-day Evaluation

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:57 Written by admin Thursday, 16 August 2012 12:57

As you might already know, MSDN and TechNet subscribers have received the RTM bits of the latest Windows release as of August 15, 2012. If you’re a paying subscriber then log into your account and download the gold release of Windows 8. Download it here.
Microsoft is also offering Windows 8 RTM to more users, provided that they’re fine with running the Enterprise SKU of the operating system only for a limited period of time. Essentially, the Windows 8 RTM Enterprise 90-day evaluation release enables you to test drive the platform for a full three months. After 90 days since installation, the evaluation edition will expire, at which point you’ll need to do a clean install, since there’s no upgrading from this version of the OS.
 
This evaluation provides a 90-day trial of Windows 8 Enterprise edition. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are available as ISO images in the following languages: Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), English, English (UK), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish. In order to use this evaluation, you must register and the product must be activated online with Microsoft-hosted activation and validation services. Microsoft does not provide technical support for this software.
The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a non-evaluation version of Windows must be re-installed from your original installation media.
Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.
During registration (required) you must login with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address and country.
You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.
Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.
Back up your files and settings before installing this evaluation and again prior to the 90-day expiration.
Upon installation, you will have 10 days to activate this evaluation online. Windows will prompt you to activate. A product key is not required for this software.
You must complete activation before August 15, 2013, to use this evaluation.
Once you activate, you have up to 90 days to use the software. You can track the amount of time you have left by referring to the “watermark” in the lower right corner of the Windows desktop.
If you fail to activate this evaluation within the 10-day grace period, or if your evaluation period expires, the desktop background will turn black, you will see a persistent desktop notification indicating that the system is not genuine, and the PC will shut down every hour losing unsaved work.
Following the evaluation period, you will need to replace the operating system on your test computer and reinstall all your programs and data. It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8. A clean installation is required.


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Download Windows 8 RTM via MSDN and TechNet

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 August 2012 11:12 Written by admin Wednesday, 15 August 2012 09:58

The RTM Build of Windows 8 is now available for download via MSDN and TechNet. Remember, you have to own a paid MSDN or TechNet subscription in order to access the Windows 8 RTM bits, but if you do here are pages where you’ll find the download links:

MSDN –  http://msdn.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx#searchTerm=windows&ProductFamilyId=0&Languages=en&PageSize=50&PageIndex=0&FileId=0

TechNet – http://technet.microsoft.com/subscriptions/downloads/default.aspx#searchTerm=windows&ProductFamilyId=0&Languages=en&PageSize=50&PageIndex=0&FileId=0

UPDATE 8/15/2012: It looks like the MSDN and TechNet servers weren’t able to deal with the number of subscribers crowding to download Windows 8 RTM. For the time being Windows 8 RTM downloads can no longer be accessed on MSDN and TechNet.

First thing that comes to mind is that Microsoft should have prepared better for this. But I have no doubts that the Redmond company is working to resolve the issue as I write this.

UPDATE: It looks like the download links are back up.


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