Windows 8 (Pro) Upgrade for New/Recent Windows 7 Users £14.99 @  Windows
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Windows 8 (Pro) Upgrade for New/Recent Windows 7 Users £14.99 @ Windows

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Found 7th Jul 2012
Really reasonable price, especially good if you have a touchscreen laptop/monitor

IMPORTANT: You must purchase a qualifying Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is 28 February 2013.

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Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for £14.99.
Refer to the information below for the offer details.

Eligibility Details

The offer is for customers (e.g. home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualifying PC. A qualified PC is a new PC purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key for, and preinstalled with:

Windows 7 Home Basic;
Windows 7 Home Premium;
Windows 7 Professional; or
Windows 7 Ultimate.

The promotional price is limited to one upgrade offer per PC purchased and a maximum limit of five upgrade offers per customer.

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Outside of this offer. If you already have a computer that's running Windows XP upwards (Vista, Windows 7) and bought it before the time-frame outlined in the OP, then you will be eligible for another offer (for slightly more money - around £26). More information can be found here: gizmodo.co.uk/201…ow/

Note: You don't NEED to have the Windows 8 release preview installed to upgrade to the full Windows 8.
Is there a non-Metro interface for Windows 8? If not then I don't think it's worth paying for.
anewman

Is there a non-Metro interface for Windows 8? If not then I don't think … Is there a non-Metro interface for Windows 8? If not then I don't think it's worth paying for.



There are workarounds in the preview that allow you to disable the Metro desktop. Not entirely straight forward, but possible.
I wonder why there is no mention of laptops?
*&^%$£%*
Good to see UK being overcharged again! - cost for upgrade £14.99 in UK, €14.99 in europe and $14.99 in USA!
anewman

Is there a non-Metro interface for Windows 8? If not then I don't think … Is there a non-Metro interface for Windows 8? If not then I don't think it's worth paying for.



As far as I'm aware you don't have to use the metro? you just have to see it pop up everytime you boot, but as far as I know you can use it like a normal pc.
good info, have some heat
WHAT !!!!!
So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, microsoft will let me pay them to have the updated one.. WOW thanks MS.

When I bought my macbook, I got a free upgrade to their new O/S Lion , and charged 25.00 on the market for people who just wanted a new O/S on the old systems.

How is it that apple charge 25.00, but MS charge 100.00 and you guys hack on apple...

I have both systems, but still cant understand MS pricing, 100.00 for an o/s...
canada16

WHAT !!!!! So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, … WHAT !!!!! So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, microsoft will let me pay them to have the updated one.. WOW thanks MS.When I bought my macbook, I got a free upgrade to their new O/S Lion , and charged 25.00 on the market for people who just wanted a new O/S on the old systems. How is it that apple charge 25.00, but MS charge 100.00 and you guys hack on apple... I have both systems, but still cant understand MS pricing, 100.00 for an o/s...



Since you paid a premium of about 200-400 for Mac OS in the first place, do you think it would be fair for Apple to also Charge £100?

I have a Mac and i love it, but Apple are not cheaper for OS they are way more expensive.
It was 25.00 for Lion, so thats a heck of a lot cheaper than windows 7.
You pay an extra 200-300 for a mac, but you make the savings on new O/S over the years.
Also 3 year warranty through the school shop and they dont ask for proof.
Got mine for 849.00, 3 year warranty, and 60.00 gift card, and also I have had my mac for a year and I can still sell it on the bay for 850.00 as it still has 2 years warranty, lets see a laptop or pc do that.
But I like my PC as well, both have their pros and cons
Banned
Nice price, hot from.... heey, wait a minute, nice try! £15 for a downgrade? No thanks!
I've pondered a Windows 8 upgrade for my 2 laptops and 1 desktop but having read the reviews I just don't see the benefits at present, most reviews are quite critical.

In any case the upgrade for older XP, Vista and 7 OS's will be only £25 given the latest press release.
Do desktops bought off the dell website qualify?
canada16

It was 25.00 for Lion, so thats a heck of a lot cheaper than windows 7. … It was 25.00 for Lion, so thats a heck of a lot cheaper than windows 7. You pay an extra 200-300 for a mac, but you make the savings on new O/S over the years. Also 3 year warranty through the school shop and they dont ask for proof.Got mine for 849.00, 3 year warranty, and 60.00 gift card, and also I have had my mac for a year and I can still sell it on the bay for 850.00 as it still has 2 years warranty, lets see a laptop or pc do that.But I like my PC as well, both have their pros and cons



You make the savings on the new OS over the years? how often do you need a new OS? If you're justifying paying over the odds for a Mac on the grounds that you can sell it for what you paid in a year, how many upgrades are you going to install in that time?? You're double accounting for the benefits.

I'm not entirely sure many people actually pay that much for a windows upgrade (certainly not enough to cover the difference in cost between a PC and a Mac even after several upgrades), nor do they happen as frequently as you seem to think, I'd expect any windows PC to work with maybe 2 versions of the OS before it becomes more cost effective to replace with a more modern PC, so you're looking at around 3-4 years and 2 upgrades, but how many people actually upgrade?

I think MS have seen sense in offering the software cheaper, at £25 I would automatically upgrade all my PCs to the latest version, whereas in the past I'd keep the older ones on XP or Vista, as they work perfectly fine without the upgrade.

mike
I installed the Windows 8 preview... it was the most frustrating day of computing that I have ever had.

It is not that the install had problems, quite the contrary, but the UI is a horrendous frankenstein mixture of desktop (sans start button) and full screen metro.

Never again - even if the upgrade cost was free.
Remember: Microsoft never release 2 good versions of Windows in a row.

2000 - good
ME - shhh, it never existed
XP - good
Vista - ahem
7 - good
8 - bloated piece of ****
when is 8 released
Microsoft have lost their way by mashing desktop and touch devices together and ending up with a "Marmite" OS. As a desktop user I wouldn't use if it were free.
Problem here is y'all are scared of change. I also did not like it at first but after about 3 days I got used to it. I will defo upgrade to it.
deaglecat

I installed the Windows 8 preview... it was the most frustrating day of … I installed the Windows 8 preview... it was the most frustrating day of computing that I have ever had.It is not that the install had problems, quite the contrary, but the UI is a horrendous frankenstein mixture of desktop (sans start button) and full screen metro.Never again - even if the upgrade cost was free.



I bought my PC a couple of years ago now, and it has W7 on it, so I don't think I'll qualify for this offer due to the promo period.

But having watched a video on YouTube of the new UI, I dont think I'll be upgrading to W8 anytime soon. It just looked far too complicated/conveluted for the simplest things, like shutting down, or even just accessing the start menu.
The real question is: why would you want Windows 8 if you have Windows 7? For all its flaws, Windows 7 OS is quite a nice desktop OS, something that cannot be said for Windows 8. You lose some features (like DVD playback), and you gain a UI that is useless until you have a touch screen.

Windows 8 is the new Vista.
I been on the consumer preview and release preview since it went live, yes it took some getting use to and now I wouldn't go back

matches my windows phone and my xbox 360 so happy days, just roll on windows phone 8 and surface release
canada16

WHAT !!!!! So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, … WHAT !!!!! So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, microsoft will let me pay them to have the updated one.. WOW thanks MS.When I bought my macbook, I got a free upgrade to their new O/S Lion , and charged 25.00 on the market for people who just wanted a new O/S on the old systems. How is it that apple charge 25.00, but MS charge 100.00 and you guys hack on apple... I have both systems, but still cant understand MS pricing, 100.00 for an o/s...



But when you take the price of the hardware away your paying about £400 for the apple OS in the first place...
MrPuddington

Windows 8 is the new Vista.



Funny thing about Vista is that for those who stuck with it they've found a very stable, useable OS which isn't actually far away from 7. It just needed all of MS tweaks and updates from the start rather than at the end of it's life.
canada16

WHAT !!!!! So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, … WHAT !!!!! So your saying if I buy a PC with an outdated O/S now, microsoft will let me pay them to have the updated one.. WOW thanks MS.When I bought my macbook, I got a free upgrade to their new O/S Lion , and charged 25.00 on the market for people who just wanted a new O/S on the old systems. How is it that apple charge 25.00, but MS charge 100.00 and you guys hack on apple... I have both systems, but still cant understand MS pricing, 100.00 for an o/s...





Simply because they already raped you in the price of the hardware and microsoft does not make "windows computers" (AFAIK)!

Edited by: "gcmarcal" 7th Jul 2012
But why is is an "upgrade"?
An O/S is there to interface between the application and the hardware. You still use the same application. So, if a document was created and printed using Word on XP how is that different from a document created using Word on Win7? Does this post look any different in Win8? If I create a webpage using notepad on Windows '98, will that look any different from one crafted using notepad on Vista? I don't see the point of this never ending O/S "upgrade cycle", when as mentioned on posts above, a lot of these so-called upgrades are just slow retro steps.
Discuss:
i will wait for review first
I have an Acer iconia w500 windows tablet and win7 was dire on it where the win8 preview is superb and I could not go back to win 7 ever. Maybe on a laptop I would not upgrade though.
canada16

It was 25.00 for Lion, so thats a heck of a lot cheaper than windows 7. … It was 25.00 for Lion, so thats a heck of a lot cheaper than windows 7. You pay an extra 200-300 for a mac, but you make the savings on new O/S over the years. Also 3 year warranty through the school shop and they dont ask for proof.Got mine for 849.00, 3 year warranty, and 60.00 gift card, and also I have had my mac for a year and I can still sell it on the bay for 850.00 as it still has 2 years warranty, lets see a laptop or pc do that.But I like my PC as well, both have their pros and cons


I can't tell if that's a joke or not You still have to pay for... you know what.. never mind.
I'm using the preview now and it's took a few weeks to get used to it. It's annoying in places but nice to use in others
awastedyouth

Remember: Microsoft never release 2 good versions of Windows in a … Remember: Microsoft never release 2 good versions of Windows in a row.2000 - goodME - shhh, it never existedXP - goodVista - ahem7 - good8 - bloated piece of ****



Couldnt agree more.........
I love some of the idea's in win8 like log in with your microsoft login and it synch hotmail, facebook etc in Metro.. If they just put the startmenu back in on the desktop then it would probably be a win win for me.
Not sure this is a hot deal, since this is Microsoft's own price. But it's not a bad price.

I can't stand Windows 8, though. I'm not the kind of person who has trouble moving to new things, but I just don't like what they've done.
ditto, becknise, i tried the beta for a few days and it was rubbish, then installed the rc a month later and i love it, install Start8 for the start menu functionality and it's just like 7 only better
becknise

I also did not like it at first but after about 3 days I got used to it. … I also did not like it at first but after about 3 days I got used to it. I will defo upgrade to it.



Why? It sounds like you like change for the sake of it. Others like a very good reason. For many an OS upgrade is a downgrade as they often lose performance and functionality, at least initially.

So what is the best reason for the average user to upgrade now?

Personally I prefer to let guys like you do the testing, complaining etc and I'll upgrade when the consensus is that it is worthwhile.
Edited by: "newskiller" 7th Jul 2012
already signed up, in for a penny in for a pound. Like most operating systems that have launched over the years, people eventually move over at some point or another, just a case of working out your own individual style of making best use of the new features etc..
It's great that you are cherry picking your evidence. Most Mac OS upgrades have cost over £100. The one you mention was less because it wasn't much more than a service pack.
Don't want to chime in on all the Win8 hate, but it really is as bad as people are making out. I used it in a VM, couldn't for the life of me work out how to launch programs that weren't metro apps - no start menu to launch standard programs
Whether you like the metro style or not on a desktop is all down to taste, but MS have improved plenty of things in W8, you only have to have been following their blog to see all the different improvements they've made (or google windows 8 features for some of them). Under all the UI changes, there are better things.

It's always difficult to convince people to upgrade though and that is not helped with how good Windows 7 is. However, i think MS have got it pretty spot on with the pricing/offers they have going right now. I think some people have unrealistic ideas about it, they weren't ever going to just give it away (although this is pretty cheap!), there's still been a lot of work put into it that needs to be paid for.
Edited by: "blaze" 7th Jul 2012
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