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Windows 7: How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade?

01 Nov 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade?

You can get a smoking deal on an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro if you're ready to make that purchase before January 31, 2013. But there are some gotchas, and one inexplicable and unfair pricing decision means that early buyers of Windows 8 PCs pay more than Windows 7 users.

Microsoft has simplified the upgrade process for Windows 8 dramatically, at least for early adopters, starting with its decision to sell only two retail editions.

Between now and February 1, 2013, Microsoft is offering upgrades to Windows 8 Pro, the full-featured edition whose Windows 7 equivalent typically costs $200. (Upgrades to the less expensive base version of Windows 8 are not available at all right now, and won’t be available until these initial promotional offers are over.)

That makes for some smoking deals. But there are still a few gotchas to be had in the process. And one inexplicable pricing decision actually penalizes customers who are among the first to purchase PCs preloaded with Windows 8.

Here are the details.

Read more at source:
How do you get the best deal on a Windows 8 Pro upgrade? | ZDNet

See also:
Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run

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01 Nov 2012   #2

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit

Easy. Stay with Windows 7.
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01 Nov 2012   #3

windows 7 home prem 64 bit

Only if you get a touch screen for free
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01 Nov 2012   #4

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Windows 7 Home Premium x86 Service Pack 1 - Linux Mint Mate 14 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Easy. Stay with Windows 7.
I was going to stay the same thing

I'm sure I heard Windows Vista say: "I'll be back..."
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03 Nov 2012   #5

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)

Right now with the Windows 8 Upgrade Tool, from Microsoft's site, the one that tests for compatibility issues, you can upgrade to pro for $39 if you currently have Windows 7. I thought of taking the plunge, but am not sure about it yet.
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