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Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) - available to download for £24.99 from 26th October 2012
Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)  - available to download for £24.99 from 26th October 2012

Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade) - available to download for £24.99 from 26th October 2012

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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: 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 windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-…nfo
- Musicrab

Don't forget to get the Free Windows Media Player key - windows.microsoft.com/en-…cks
- 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'

pokki.com - Free
stardock.com/pro…t8/ - $5
sourceforge.net/pro…ll/ - Free
startbutton8.com/ind…tml - Free
lee-soft.com/vis…tml - 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 - ccftp.creative.com/man…exe
- fluidz

How to burn the official .iso to a dvd - winiso.com/sup…tml
- fluidz

STILL AVAILABLE!
- intime

Windows 8 PDF download ebook for free courtesy Dell.
hotukdeals.com/fre…062
- 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

1668 Comments

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" 18th Oct 2012

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, … 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" 18th Oct 2012

Is this an upgrade version?

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

£49.99 is the advertised price but there is an "option" to purchase for £24.99. What are the conditions of this option?

Thanks, I noticed it after I posted and quickly deleted it. Not fast enough for you guys!

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."

pocket-lint.com/new…ws8

£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.

mtc1

£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, … £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!

mtc1

£14.99 upgrade here, just make up a purchase date after the 2nd of june, … £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?

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.
Edited by: "CyDoNiA" 18th Oct 2012

will this work on a non touch pc?

I believe this is the normal price for the download version, so how is this a deal?

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 :-)

pete_l

You realise that's theft?



Well it's better than them getting nothing from an illegal download.

obiwakka

Seems too good to be true - is there any cross checking/ verifcation … 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

Heat added for the price

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.

pete_l

You realise that's theft?



we should had these prices from the start USA been saving a load on MS software

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" 18th Oct 2012

Dorsk

Whether you like the OS or not, £24.99 is far less than any of the … 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:



How stupid is that for Microsoft!!!

I have Windows 7 Pro yet can't upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, but instead have to do a clean install. Yet you can upgrade from the cheaper versions.

Idiots, although just now another reason to stay with Windows 7 and save the money

CyDoNiA

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


So you were full of awe?

I know betas are meant to have problems but when I tried this I really did not like it at all.Lasted a week until I was drove insane and don't think I have any reason to upgrade from windows 7. Good price if this is what you're after but I'm going to hold out and see what people think when it's released.

people who are just slating it saying it's only for touchscreens really obviously haven't given it a proper chance or probably just used it for about 5 minutes.
CyDoNiA it doesn't have to be hacked for it to look like windows 7 once you start it you don't have to use the metro interface if you don't want to just change it to desktop at startup and don't even have to look at the metro interface

Download ?? Feck me... by the time I've downloaded it on my line Win9 will be out !

From what I understand, even without a touch-screen, this will be considerably faster - although never having considered 7 to be that slow, I too will hold out and see what the full reviews are like. Very god price though - well spotted and heat from me.

K4RIMIN4L

people who are just slating it saying it's only for touchscreens really … people who are just slating it saying it's only for touchscreens really obviously haven't given it a proper chance or probably just used it for about 5 minutes. CyDoNiA it doesn't have to be hacked for it to look like windows 7 once you start it you don't have to use the metro interface if you don't want to just change it to desktop at startup and don't even have to look at the metro interface



Yes, but you do have to 'hack' it in order for it to default to desktop, like a proper Desktop OS should. It should only default to Metro when on a touch enabled device. I use Start8 to "Bring back the Windows® "Start" menu". Much more productive than metro.
Half the time the apps only send you back to the browser because the apps are crippled/half-baked.

Initially I wasn't too keen on Windows 8 (coming from Windows 7) but having used it now for a few months I rather like it and it's definitely a little bit faster only problem is I need a full edition rather than upgrade to do a clean install which no doubt will cost a lot more.

BTW to get to the desktop you just press the Windows key, easy
Edited by: "mmacarthur" 18th Oct 2012

Used it for a week,didn't like it back to windows 7.

Wait for SP1 before installing this, as with any Windoze OS....

On my netbook I prefer this to 7. Bit faster, and the larger start menu is great for the smaller screen.

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.

This comes with downgrade rights to win 7 pro, so buy this, use win 7 pro until the bugs are worked out, then install windows 8 (downgrading to windows 7 doesn't use up your windows 8 license)

This isn't a special offer...standard download price. Not necessarily a hot deal. Not sure whether I'll give this a try yet, not saw much about it and wondering what the "desktop" view option will be like. If it's similar to Win7 in this mode and faster then I might consider the upgrade.

I bought a PC last month, but cant see on that link were I can register, just gives info.

Do I have to wait until the 26th ?

Banned

Voted COLD.

This is the normal upgrade pricing.

l just hope this os will give a kick to the multi touch screen overlay kits market trying to cash in and more companys making them and wider range of prices choices

theres some good ones out there just cost a load

As someone who has had windows 8 for 2 months. I can tell you that it is much better than Windows 7 with zero drawbacks whatsoever. You can completely ignore the new user interface if you want and it will be just like 7 but faster and smoother. Some of the apps that you can install are pretty useful too.

Could be good to load on to a SSD drive

Also remember that Microsoft have dropped DVD playback, its only available with a paid Media Center upgrade
, though you can circumvent this by installing VLC or another free 3rd party program.

theverge.com/201…ade
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