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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:26   #1
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Windows 8 cut-price offers coming to a close

Expect to pay 500 per cent next month.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:41   #2
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Once I get paid this month I will do the media PC but I cant really see the point in my gaming rig.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:41   #3
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I've done every machine at home and work with this offer as it's so cheap.

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Old 21st Jan 2013, 10:46   #4
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My day to day OS is OSX. My HTPC is running win7 but could well be running open source for all the difference it would make.

The only windows install I have that I wouldn't remove is my bootcamp partition for occasional gaming. It's running windows 7 and will stay like that. It certainly wouldn't benefit from windows 8.
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Starting in February, the cost of a Windows 8 Pro upgrade package in the US will jump from $39.99 as a digital download to a whopping $199.99
Does this mean February 1st?
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 11:27   #6
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cmon google, hurry up with a full pc os ffs
while you're at it, throw a $bn at developing a free dx alternative
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 11:28   #7
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Does this mean February 1st?
Yup: the cheapy-cheap upgrades stop on the 31st of January.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 11:56   #8
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Yup: the cheapy-cheap upgrades stop on the 31st of January.
Oh, fark! I was going to buy another copy on payday, three days too late!

Thanks Gareth.
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I'm very okay with not upgrading any of my systems - Windows 8 has ruined the "Yay! New machine!" experience for my wife on her new laptop.
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So, can I do a clean install with the Win8 upgrade? Or do I have to install 7 first, and then upgrade?
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It's an upgrade. There was a way to clean install the Win 7 upgrade, but that was against the T&C.

Someone will correct me if I'm wrong, but I think the upgrade is not restricted to upgrading Windows 7; it will also upgrade XP/Vista.
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It is possible to upgrade XP SP3, Vista and 7. And yes, you can do a clean install with the upgrade version though it is against the Terms.
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I just simply cannot believe how much they are going to charge for it.

The sales figures are already low with the reduced price so it's going to be even harder to sell to people when the price has just shot up by such a stupid amount.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 12:47   #14
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Shame the offer was UK and US only in the first place
Then again, I'll be going for Win7 anyway
(unless there's a "Win8-SP1" that makes working desktop only possible)
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Anybody know if it's possible to take advantage of this offer now and just not use it until later?
At the moment I really dislike W8 but might get tempted to try it again later in the year, anyone know if I can buy this offer now as a cheap option to try later in the year?
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Anybody know if it's possible to take advantage of this offer now and just not use it until later?
A licence purchased now is valid indefinitely: if you think you might want to upgrade to Windows 8 at some point, buy now 'cos the price is unlikely to drop back to these levels until Windows 9 comes out and old inventory is cleared...
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 13:19   #17
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If i have a copy of Vista Ultimate oem would the upgrade work or is it only for retail copies. i cannot seem to find any information.
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It will upgrade an OEM install. My neighbour did exactly that with his laptop.
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Old 21st Jan 2013, 13:30   #19
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Might be worth looking at then as i have my xbox all hooked up and my missus has a windows 8 laptop.
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I got the £25 upgrade, went from OEM Win 7 to Upgrade Win 8 doing a clean install on a new SSD. You are given the option to save an image of the win 8 ISO when you've ordered your copy of Win 8. If I remember correctly, you simply ask to install later and it gives a couple of options on how to do it. I decided an ISO image that I could burn or put on a pendrive was the easiest way to install for me.
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