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    Default Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    Microsoft will be offering a very low-cost upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for customers who purchase a Windows 7 PC after June 2, charging only $14.99, according to a report.

    According to Windows Supersite, the $14.99 upgrade offer will be timed at about the release date of the Release Preview of Windows 8, due at about the same time in early June. However, Microsoft will also reportedly offer just a single upgrade for all Windows 7 versions, up to Windows 8 Pro, Windows Supersite reported.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    The same should be offered to ALL registered Windows customers, just as Windows 7 was ($49.99 per license of 7 Home Premium upgrade, 25 copy limit). And on the same type of media, not an exe file.

    This same site, Paul Thurrott's, gave detailed instructions (for those who are capable of taking the time to read/follow very simple instructions) as to how to do a clean install Windows 7 with upgrade media. Hopefully, this same type of media is going to be offered for Windows 8, & Paul will explain how to perform a clean install with it.

    To those who haven't registered their version of Windows (this is totally different from activation), please do so now, as if MS is going to offer their customers a discount on Windows 8, it will be mid-summer. It also will probably require pre-payment, this is how MS managed to get a huge leap on Windows 7 sales so fast.

    On the other hand, if one really wants all of Windows 8's functions to properly work, why not wait until Windows 8 is available for retail purchase? There will be many different computers offered, totally Windows 8 compatible (not to be confused with "Designed for Windows 8"). There will likely be aggressive promos during this period, wait about a month after release, this will give time for the deeply discounted junk that was originally built for Windows 7 upgraded to Windows 8 to be sold. There will be such models available, always research particular a make & model prior to purchase to see if it originally shipped with Windows 7, if so, it's not a true Windows 8 PC. The retailer likely won't tell you, or lie about it if/when asked. Especially national chain electronic stores, where the upgrade of most in-stock computers will be performed in the back of the store the day & night before the official kickoff.

    Hopefully, no one thinks that all of those Windows 7 computers on the shelves & in the stock room will be thrown into the trash, I presume? My desktop was done the same way, when the re-install keyboard shortcut (F11) is pressed, it looks like it's booting into the Vista environment (the green bar row, instead of the four windows pattern coming in), but was changed to load Windows 7 instead. Other dead giveaways that it was built for Vista is the dates of the original files in the recovery partition, some were as early as 2006, yet the PC was built early in 2009, after Windows 7 beta, but before Windows 7's RC had been released.

    There's ways to tell, but a Google search is best.

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    Last edited by TechnoMage; 05-15-2012 at 06:57 AM.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    very useful info and txs.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    I am still wondering what the bottom line pricing will be for Win 8 and Win 8 Pro. This is more important to me at this point since I do not anticipate a new PC in my immediate future.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    I think this is going to become a real Bucket of Worms, because the same people who won't listen here, won't pay strict attention to instructions on how to do an upgrade to Win-8, when it arrives.

    This may well be my last year of doing Computer Repair. Only time will tell.
    Right now, I'm telling my customers who "Might" be in line for a new computer, to be sure and get one of the Windows 7 PC's and don't wait for Win-8.

    Oh well..........

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    Default Re: Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    I hope people start listening and reading our posts and suggestions before they jump in over their heads. I can see the problems now when Win 8 RP is released. All these people who have Win 8 CP that they "Upgraded " from their released OS will try to "Upgrade" to this next "New" "free" OS and have even more problems than now. I will try to build up my patience.

    I also believe there will be tons more problems when Win 8 is finally released. Perhaps I should get some ads ready and go into business myself. I'll have to think on that one.

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    Default Re: Microsoft Offering $14.99 Upgrade to Windows 8

    Ted, you're absolutely correct. You & TM has been around long enough to know, remember Windows 7? Get your ads ready! I already have 4 customers to install Win 8 Retail for & the RP isn't out yet. They're going to buy, regardless of price. I'm showing my install to anyone who comes over, who is interested in computers, for the purpose of selling a install. $100 a pop, fully updated & customers choice of apps installed. If an XP Mode (or similar) type of app is offered for Windows 8 Pro is offered, that will be $50 extra. My time is valuable. But the ones who knows me, knows that it will be done right the first time, unlike that "Geek Squad" crap.

    As soon as Windows 8 is available for Retail purchase, it's on! Many users will buy the OS & not even know how to install it, even many that does manages to get it installed won't get the drivers right. Nor how to make their 10 year old printer/other ancient hardware to work. And once again, the old worn out "should I get 32 or 64 bit" threads will be plentiful.

    This forum will be rolling! Just wait & see.

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