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This won't be to everyone's tastes but the new OS from Microsoft will be able to be downloaded for the sum of just £24.99 - a bargain if you are looking to acquire it.

Credit to 'am1001aa' at The Digital Fix for spotting the deal.

Let the flame wars commence I guess...

* Microsoft account required for some features | Watching DVDs requires separate playback software | Windows Media Center licence sold separately *

This is the upgrade version and requires an existing Windows installation (7/Vista/XP).
- Codify

Microsoft Store has great rates on Quidco, currently 15% DO NOT FORGET
- Orcinus_orca

If you bought/are buying a Windows 7 PC (not starter edition) between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 you can get the upgrade for £14.99: http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-GB
-gogosteve

- gogosteve

God help us if this is bad as vista.
- exexpat

If you get the £14.99 upgrade you can apply it to ANY PC with XP,Vista or W7
Read http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-GB/Home/ProgramInfo#ProgramInformationPage_Headline5Literal.Text
- Musicrab

Don't forget to get the Free Windows Media Player key - http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/feature-packs
- bobbler

- Just a tip, if your already running Windows 8 Pro (i.e. from MSDN),and just need the key, you may need to set the Upgrade Assistant to run in Compatibility Mode for Windows XP SP3, to get it to work properly.
- timothyw9

Credit to Reser and other posters for these Windows8 Start 'Menus'

http://www.pokki.com - Free
http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/ - $5
http://sourceforge.net/projects/classicshell/ - Free
http://www.startbutton8.com/index.html - Free
http://lee-soft.com/vistart/windows-8-start-menu.html - Free
- vbnmu

If you own a Titanium HD sound card, I recommend downloading the latest non beta drivers from Creative. Here's a quick link - http://ccftp.creative.com/manualdn/Drivers/AVP/12633/0x89CCC775/XFRL_PCDRV_LB_WIN8_3_00_2003.exe
- fluidz

How to burn the official .iso to a dvd - http://www.winiso.com/support/tutorials/burn-Windows8-iso.html
- fluidz

STILL AVAILABLE!
- intime

Windows 8 PDF download ebook for free courtesy Dell.
http://www.hotukdeals.com/freebies/free-e-book-windows-8-for-dummies-pdf-dell-1354062
- stealthx

MAKE SURE YOU SELECT "Nothing" when the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant asks you what to keep, this is how we get a full disk instead of an upgrade.
- badzed
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Top Comments

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LRGM 238 Likes
m5rcc
Wait for SP1 before installing this, as with any Windoze OS....

The 90's called, they asked if they could have their outdated advice and tech jokes back.
blammo 107 Likes
CyDoNiA
I get it for free through Dreamspark and it's just aweful.

So you were full of awe?
mtc1 34 Likes
pete_l
mtc1
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.
You realise that's theft?

Well it's better than them getting nothing from an illegal download.
CyDoNiA 33 Likes
Nasty OS. Stick with Windows 7.

Well saying that if you have a touch screen then feel free but otherwise steer clear imo.

I get it for free through Dreamspark and it's just aweful.

PS: Not voted either way. ;)

Edited By: CyDoNiA on Oct 18, 2012 10:52
giorgoXXI 23 Likes
For those of you who are confused:

- The £49.99 buys you a hard copy of Windows 8 Pro UPGRADE (you need a previous Windows version, XP or higher).
- It will only do a "true" upgrade from Windows 7 Home Basic or Premium (i.e. it will upgrade and keep your pograms intact). If you are on any other version of Windows, it will essentially do a clean install of Windows 8 Pro and you will have to re-install all your programs.
- On the 26th there will be a downloadable version of the UPGRADE for £24.99
- On the 26th the full version (for brand new installs) will be unveiled along with its price.

Edited By: giorgoXXI on Oct 18, 2012 14:23: Added extra info

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CyDoNiA 33 Likes #1
Nasty OS. Stick with Windows 7.

Well saying that if you have a touch screen then feel free but otherwise steer clear imo.

I get it for free through Dreamspark and it's just aweful.

PS: Not voted either way. ;)

Edited By: CyDoNiA on Oct 18, 2012 10:52
Dorsk 9 Likes #2
Whether you like the OS or not, £24.99 is far less than any of the previous versions of Windows. Heat added for that reason.

Just a quick warning about upgrading:
If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC.


Edited By: Dorsk on Oct 18, 2012 10:55
krazie2004#3
Is this an upgrade version?
krazie2004#4
happylarry
Says £49.99 when I use the link

Pre-order by October 24th and get free shipping.* Starting October 26th, you'll also have the option to download it for £24.99
cheddarman#5
£49.99 is the advertised price but there is an "option" to purchase for £24.99. What are the conditions of this option?
happylarry#6
Thanks, I noticed it after I posted and quickly deleted it. Not fast enough for you guys!
happygary 3 Likes #7
According to this article, the upgrade can also be purchased for £14.99 if you got a Windows 7 PC between June 2012 and end of Jan 2013.

"If you recently bought a Windows 7 PC and don’t want to stump up the fee for the upgrade, Microsoft offers a discount. Any Windows 7 computer bought between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 can be upgraded to Windows 8 for just £14.99. Worth remembering."

http://www.pocket-lint.com/news/48027/how-do-i-upgrade-windows8
mtc1 18 Likes #8
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.
obiwakka#9
mtc1
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.

Seems too good to be true - is there any cross checking/ verifcation process? I couldn't see anything!
pete_l 9 Likes #10
mtc1
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.
You realise that's theft?
CyDoNiA 5 Likes #11
Remember if you are a student then your uni may be part of the Dreamspark program and you might be able to get this and a lot of other MS stuff for free anyway.

I still can't recommend the OS but yes the price is cheap. Enterprises will skip this version for sure. We have no intention of leaving Windows 7 for it where I work. For home users I think it's gimmicky and really offers little over Windows 7 unless you have a tablet or touchscreen. Even the UI is horrible with a mouse.

Yes you can hack it to look like Windows 7 but then why not just run Windows 7 instead. :p

Edited By: CyDoNiA on Oct 18, 2012 11:25
rob585 1 Like #12
will this work on a non touch pc?
merchant_ac 3 Likes #13
I believe this is the normal price for the download version, so how is this a deal?
Major_Lee 1 Like #14
might be worth getting at this price but not installing until any of the usual teething problems are sorted....

Heat for pointing out the deal :-)
mtc1 34 Likes #15
pete_l
mtc1
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.
You realise that's theft?

Well it's better than them getting nothing from an illegal download.
mtc1#16
obiwakka
mtc1
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.

Seems too good to be true - is there any cross checking/ verifcation process? I couldn't see anything!

They don't check the purchase details for the PC just that your PC is running a valid version of Windows 7
realdeals#17
Heat added for the price
delusion#18
Need this for my mother who isn't tech savvy, am hoping this is the full install price? I don't have anything to 'upgrade' from.
Lonefalcon 2 Likes #19
pete_l
mtc1
£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, enter any PC retailer, tick other for brand and leave the model empty. Worked for me, registration approved.
You realise that's theft?

we should had these prices from the start USA been saving a load on MS software
Sin_of_nature#20
Have to agree with CyDoNiA. This is considerably different UI from what we're all used to. For touch screens, I think it will work very well. Yet to be convinced by it on Desktops. It is faster though.

Brilliant price if you want it. Hot from me.

Edited By: Sin_of_nature on Oct 18, 2012 11:45

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