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Windows 7: Cheap Windows 8 upgrade may now require your Windows 7 key


19 Dec 2012   #1
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64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 
Cheap Windows 8 upgrade may now require your Windows 7 key

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People who bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99, but they now have to supply the Windows 7 product ID.

Microsoft kicked off registration for the $14.99 deal in August. Anyone who bought or will buy a new Windows 7 PC between June 2 of this year and January 31 of next year can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for that special price. Shelling out the $14.99 lets you download a copy of the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, which helps you install the new operating system.

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Cheap Windows 8 upgrade may now require your Windows 7 key | Microsoft - CNET News


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19 Dec 2012   #2

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

Microsoft really want to push the Metro UI and Windows 8 onto consumers, with IE10 and Hotmail/Outlook both adopting the Metro UI; I like the clean Metro interface with IE10, although Opera is still my primary and favourite browser.

I do like the idea of Microsoft asking for a Windows 7 Product ID, as a further means of validation for the upgrade to Windows 8, it will stop many users with non-genuine version of Windows taking the advantage of not having to paid for a non-genuine Windows 7 OS and still being able to upgrade at a low cost.
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19 Dec 2012   #3

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

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19 Dec 2012   #4

Windows 8.1 Pro RTM x64
 
 

This is no different to when I first got XP. Although it was an upgrade version, you didn't actually have to have an OS installed (it would clean install), but it would ask you to insert qualifying media (in my case, Win98SE) before it proceeded.
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20 Dec 2012   #5

Win7 Pro 32-bit, Win8 Pro 32-bit
 
 

My own objection to this (and I ADMIT that I didn't actually read the article!) is that, in my case, I used Vista as the qualifying OS, not Windows 7 -- which is in agreement with the upgrade terms.

So, as long as they allow you to enter a Vista key, then this is OK.
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22 Dec 2012   #6
Microsoft MVP

Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center 64 bit
 
 

I glanced at the article. It's for "People who bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2". I would think that Vista doesn't qualify?
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29 Dec 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
I glanced at the article. It's for "People who bought a Windows 7 PC on or after June 2". I would think that Vista doesn't qualify?
The terms are that if you buy a PC with Win 7 on it between the qualifying dates you are entitled to the upgrade, but you don't have to install it on that machine, you can install on any machine running a qualifying (ie legal) version of Windows.

From my own experience of going through this upgrade process, I don't understand how this is going to make a difference, it is possible (nay even recommended) to grab an ISO copy of your upgrade, and then a clean install is possible.

To even qualify for the upgrade, you need a legal and recently bought copy of Windows, if windows asks you for a genuine product key, and the machine you are installing on is not running genuine windows, would you not just put the key from the COA sticker in? You must have at least one genuine license key to upgrade, so I don't see how its going to make a difference.

DRM for the sake of DRM I say - Also Mark in your case, I imagine the COA key for the machine you bought rather than the machine you plan to install it on would do.
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29 Dec 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Doesn't really matter anyways, I saw windows 8 pro selling for $49.99usd at best buy last week which is still extremely cheap.
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06 Jan 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 32-Bit - Build 7600 SP1
 
 

If I download the $14.99 deal, do they give me a Product ID or do I use the same Win 7 ID?
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06 Jan 2013   #10

Windows 8 Pro (32-bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by bigmck View Post
If I download the $14.99 deal, do they give me a Product ID or do I use the same Win 7 ID?
You get a new product key.
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