For buyers of Windows 7 PCs who wants to upgrade to Windows 8, Microsoft has officially started the Windows Upgrade Offer program. Under the program, purchasers of Windows 7 PCs can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a cheap price of $14.99.

All customers who purchased a new Windows 7 PC from June 2, 2012 to January 31, 2013. Yes, you’re eligible for the Windows Upgrade Offer even if you buy a Windows 7 PC after Windows 8 general availability on October 26th, 2012. The Windows 7 computer can be pre-installed with almost any editions of Windows 7, namely Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate. As all editions of Windows 7 will upgrade to the same Windows 8 Pro upgrade version, there is no need to spend extra money to upgrade current Windows 7 edition when purchasing PC if you intend to upgrade to Windows 8.

To register for the Windows 8 Upgrade Offer, a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key are required. Note that for now, it’s just a registration for the upgrade offer. Actual purchase payment and fulfillment through downloading will be available beginning October 26, 2012, when the registered customers will receive an email with a promotion code and instructions for purchasing and downloading the software. The promotion code can be redeemed during the upgrade ordering process to receive the promotional price of $14.99.

Windows 8 Upgrade Offer

While Windows 8 Pro is the most ultimate version of Windows 8 other than Windows 8 Enterprise, do note that Windows 8 no longer support DVD playback. To playback DVD, you will need to fork out more money to purchase the Windows 8 Media Center Pack or use a third-party media player.

In addition, as the Windows 8 Pro is of Upgrade SKU, it requires a valid “genuine” version of Windows to upgrade from. So don’t hope of using the downloaded Windows 8 Upgrade ISO image to perform a clean install, although a workaround to do so will be available by then.

Windows Upgrade Offer must be registered, redeemed and paid by February 28, 2013.

Register for Windows Upgrade Offer at

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  • Reyn

    I want yo upgrade my lappy from W7 to W8 but too sad, cant afford the price :(

  • Manny

    The deal is actually easy to get even if you DIDN’T buy anything between that time.. they don’t ask for any licensing information, so anyone can get the deal. (even cracked copies of windows)
    and yes. the Microsoft faq allows transfters, (bought a laptop, use the os on the desktop)

    • Michael

      That is neither legal nor ethical (using a cracked version.)

  • Shankar

    What is the upgrade price for 3 user pack of Windows 7?

  • Shankar

    What is the price for 3 pack upgrade? I

  • Navneet

    Well i think we should only migrate to windows 8 only when it get a stable update till then windows 7 is best :)

  • NatNitNut

    thank :)

  • Surrey

    No thanks Microsoft, I’ll stay with Windows 7.

  • Ray

    Thank you. I would like to know, whether is this upgrading promotion only for PC’S or we can use it for our laptops?