Upgrade to Windows 8 for £14.99 on new Windows 7 machines £14.99 @ Microsoft Windows Downloads
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Upgrade to Windows 8 for £14.99 on new Windows 7 machines £14.99 @ Microsoft Windows Downloads

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Found 2nd Jun 2012
Not sure if this will be considered a deal but if you're thinking of buying a Windows 7 machine as of today (until Jan 2013), you can upgrade to Windows 8 for under £15.
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Tried windows 8 through all the development stages and I hate it
wayno93

Tried windows 8 through all the development stages and I hate it



Go on tell us why, I haven't been bothered to try it yet.
Was free from vista to 7, but it was vista!!!
its good offer
but watch out for free ones in between as well as now every one going via ipad's and pc sales will go for developers only
brainbug100

Was free from vista to 7, but it was vista!!!



Did you have to pay postage or something though? I did the upgrade I've been trying to remember... I thought I had to pay something.
moneysavingkitten

Did you have to pay postage or something though? I did the upgrade I've … Did you have to pay postage or something though? I did the upgrade I've been trying to remember... I thought I had to pay something.



Yeah and it was expensive for postage as well. £20 or so if I remember correctly so considering that it's not a bad deal.
moneysavingkitten

Go on tell us why, I haven't been bothered to try it yet.



For one there's no start button, when on desktop mode you have to hover over the left bottom corner for it to appear then takes you to the metro screen, to shut down you have to hover on the right side, to get to control panel takes about 4 stages i think if i remember correctly. Just feels like so many stages to do simple things, trying to idiot proof it by making it less user friendly for those who have been using windows for years
Yes. Most of the free upgrades had postage of about £13
wayno93

Tried windows 8 through all the development stages and I hate it



Me too, felt the 'tablet friendly' interface got in the way when used on a conventional laptop/PC. You could hide/work around most of it, but it still slowed down productivity. (supposed to be refined in more recent versions, but can only judge what I used.)

If I was to use it on a tablet, I'd spend the whole time wishing I was using Android.
Also, unless in the desktop mode, programs are full screen only
Bought two win 7 machines last month. What's the word?
wow you all make it sound sh*t. Think Ill stick with W7 and save £15.

Im not one for change.

*lights gas lamp*
Edited by: "chaplin" 2nd Jun 2012
i installed on a seperate HDD and used it for an hour and decided against it, will wait to see if they change anything, but i cant see it improving enough to impress me.
heat added though, im sure someone will like it, just not for me.
earwolfigz

What's the word?



Grease?
earwolfigz

Bought two win 7 machines last month. What's the word?



youtube.com/wat…184
I'm also gonna wait and see with Windows 8. I really want to like it but that interface was a pain to use with a keyboard and mouse in the developer preview. Hopefully, they sort it out by release.
What information will I need to provide in order to be considered eligible for the Windows Upgrade Offer?

You should expect to provide information such as:

Name
Contact Details
Email address
Phone Number
PC purchase details
PC make / model
Purchase date
Retailer / PC Manufacturer

Additional information may be requested to enable your registration to be validated, including the Windows 7 product key for your qualifying PC.


Is Windows Media Center included in the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro?
For customers who want to install Windows Media Center they will need to purchase the Windows 8 Media Center Pack after upgrading to Windows 8 Pro through Add Windows Feature.

Will DVD playback work after upgrading to Windows 8?
For customers who already have third-party playback software, the Windows Upgrade Assistant will help determine if this software is compatible with Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7, you will have the option to keep this software during the upgrade to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall it. Otherwise, you will need to acquire third-party playback software after the upgrade to play DVDs. Alternatively, you can acquire the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or the Windows 8 Pro Pack post upgrade. Both Packs include Windows Media Center, including the ability to play DVDs.

Will installation media be available for purchase?
A Windows 8 upgrade DVD will be available for purchase at an additional cost. The price will be in addition to the cost of the downloadable software. You may also need to pay applicable shipping fees, duties and taxes for the DVD. Import duties and taxes may be assessed by the customs organisation of the country into which the media is being imported. You should consult your local tax authority if you have any questions. You are responsible for any applicable duties and taxes.


Above obtained from windowsupgradeoffer.com/en/…Faq

Edited by: "thetarget" 2nd Jun 2012
AlmightyCushion

I'm also gonna wait and see with Windows 8. I really want to like it but … I'm also gonna wait and see with Windows 8. I really want to like it but that interface was a pain to use with a keyboard and mouse in the developer preview. Hopefully, they sort it out by release.



liked it because i agree, and your name and picture made me laugh *easily pleased* haha.
AlmightyCushion

I'm also gonna wait and see with Windows 8. I really want to like it but … I'm also gonna wait and see with Windows 8. I really want to like it but that interface was a pain to use with a keyboard and mouse in the developer preview. Hopefully, they sort it out by release.



and a VERY LARGE +1 from me.
NeoTrix

liked it because i agree, and your name and picture made me laugh *easily … liked it because i agree, and your name and picture made me laugh *easily pleased* haha.



Easily pleased, you say. You sound like my type of lady.
I have been using both releases of 8 and on a tablet it should be good but on a PC, an abomination using the Metro interface. This version may not sell well until Microsoft listen to users.
chaplin

Grease?



bird
What edition of Windows 8 will I receive when I upgrade?
Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)
Windows 7 is the perfect operating system, and there is no need to upgrade to windows 8, if it isnt broken, why fix it?
kalel786

Windows 7 is the perfect operating system, and there is no need to … Windows 7 is the perfect operating system, and there is no need to upgrade to windows 8, if it isnt broken, why fix it?



Because windows 8 has some really nice features and in a lot of ways is better than windows 7. The only real downside is that the interface is pretty poor when used with a keyboard and mouse. If they sort that then I'll happily upgrade and kiss my windows 7 install goodbye.
[quote=brainbug100]Was free from vista to 7, but it was vista!!![/quote
How you get win 7 free from vista
kalel786

Windows 7 is the perfect operating system, and there is no need to … Windows 7 is the perfect operating system, and there is no need to upgrade to windows 8, if it isnt broken, why fix it?



I wouldn't say perfect, but it is very good. MS isn't a charity though, new OS means more dollar.
M$ has to create a new OS to generate sales. However, they've shooting themselves in both feet with Windows 8 as their sales are driven by business and as many (including mine with 40,000 desktops / laptops across Europe) have only just begun to trust W7 and started an upgrade from XP. So, business users are not going to jump to W8 now, it's simply not going to happen.

But the biggest threat is the Metro front end. It's blatantly designed for tablets and phones and NOT desktops or laptops. Why M$ have thought this is a good idea is 2 billion light years beyond bonkers. In a 150 person IT department not a single person I know has (or intends to buy) a Windows mobile phone. The most common comment is the dislike of Metro and the huge tiles; it makes it look like a device for children or OAP's. Maybe Windows phones are nice to use but they have a massive image problem when compared to the best that Apple and Android makers have to offer.

When W7 came out I jumped on the pre-sales and bought 4 copies from PC World for £45 each for my machines and I've never regretted it. W8? Why would I want to 'upgrade' to an OS that looks awful, is clunky, there is no start button (Why M$? WHY!?) and is about as far from intuitive as Voyager 1 is from my back garden.

Microsoft have lost the plot with W8 and whilst it might be very nice on tablets that don't even exist to buy yet, it's absolutely pointless on desktops and laptops.
I wonder if u by a win8 PC can u get win7 for £14.99?
Win 8 is Win 7 with a new interface that can be switched off.

You can turn the tablet interface off and have a much better Win 7 system with more functionality/compatibility and stability.

M$ lost the way 4/5 yrs ago but have since focussed on fixing that and are making very good headway.

Watch Windows 8 phone take off within the next 2 yrs....
If MS wants win8 to take off they need to emulate the win7 launch and offer the retail copy for £49 for pre-orders, those flew off the shelf, I regret not purchasing a second and third copy. Win8 has to compete against a OS that is liked by the majority, so for users of the old OS they are not going to upgrade unless given a incentive to do so.

Win8 appears to have some good features like the super quick boot time and taking up less resources than Win7, but the lack of a start button in desktop mode is stupid, as is forcing the Metro menu on everyone, and I think they use the office07 ribbon task bar in explorer now.
Can you use java apps on win8?
Does photoshop have to be remade as a metro app?
Q-Tec

M$ has to create a new OS to generate sales. However, they've shooting … M$ has to create a new OS to generate sales. However, they've shooting themselves in both feet with Windows 8 as their sales are driven by business and as many (including mine with 40,000 desktops / laptops across Europe) have only just begun to trust W7 and started an upgrade from XP. So, business users are not going to jump to W8 now, it's simply not going to happen.But the biggest threat is the Metro front end. It's blatantly designed for tablets and phones and NOT desktops or laptops. Why M$ have thought this is a good idea is 2 billion light years beyond bonkers. In a 150 person IT department not a single person I know has (or intends to buy) a Windows mobile phone. The most common comment is the dislike of Metro and the huge tiles; it makes it look like a device for children or OAP's. Maybe Windows phones are nice to use but they have a massive image problem when compared to the best that Apple and Android makers have to offer.When W7 came out I jumped on the pre-sales and bought 4 copies from PC World for £45 each for my machines and I've never regretted it. W8? Why would I want to 'upgrade' to an OS that looks awful, is clunky, there is no start button (Why M$? WHY!?) and is about as far from intuitive as Voyager 1 is from my back garden.Microsoft have lost the plot with W8 and whilst it might be very nice on tablets that don't even exist to buy yet, it's absolutely pointless on desktops and laptops.



If you work in IT you'll know no sizeable business ever jumps on a new OS straight away as it would be a stupid gamble, particularly from a security point of view as they wait for SP1 or will skip OS releases. You are right though that Microsoft is crazy thinking releasing new OS versions every 2 years will make sense for businesses who want stability and minimal upgrade costs.
ugly windows 8 .
Thanks OP.

Chris
ajgrahamdotcom

If you work in IT you'll know no sizeable business ever jumps on a new OS … If you work in IT you'll know no sizeable business ever jumps on a new OS straight away as it would be a stupid gamble, particularly from a security point of view as they wait for SP1 or will skip OS releases. You are right though that Microsoft is crazy thinking releasing new OS versions every 2 years will make sense for businesses who want stability and minimal upgrade costs.



A probable reason is so they can cease support for Vista.
Traditionally, M$ don't support more trhan two previous versions of their operating systems
Why would anyone choose to upgrade to Windows 8? If you want to buy a crap OS, then buy a Mac!
I also tried the beta version and hated it. I think you'll find anyone who tried the beta version, by very definition, embraces change! Think it will work for old people who only want to click on a picture to access a limited number of apps but competent pc users will just find it clunky and frustrating. I installed it on a touch screen laptop which you'd think would be ideal... The thought of installing it on my desktop pc makes me feel physically sick!
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