Grab Windows 8 Pro now for $39.99 before it hits $199.99 in February

2013-01-19_011942Have even the remotest interest in Windows 8? Think you may upgrade, or will want to upgrade, in the future? If so, right now is the time to grab it.

As mentioned on dotTech earlier, Microsoft is running a promotion that allows everyone with Windows XP SP3 and higher to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. There is another promotion for people who recently bought Windows 7 PCs to grab Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. Both these promotions end on January 31, 2013; starting February 1, 2013, Windows 8 Pro upgrade goes to the normal price of $199.99.

Aside from Windows 8 Pro going to $199.99 starting February, here are the pricing details for other versions of Windows 8:

  • The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.).
  • The Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 MSRP (U.S.).

Grab Windows 8 Pro now, if you want it — otherwise forever hold your peace.

Windows 8 upgrade page

[via Microsoft]

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  • Can I install this promo version on a new system that has no OS installed?

  • jayesstee

    @happypaul: Hope that is amazing – good.
    Vista was amazing – poor!
    Thanks for the recommendation.

  • happypaul

    @jayesstee: I bought yesterday, it is amazing.

  • happypaul

    @bajadave: @bajadave: I bought yesterday, no problem, it works fine!

  • JT

    For what it’s worth I read that Windows 8 had gone to hardware product keys, which means whatever machine you purchase the upgrade for is all it will work for. If you have any luck with other PC’s let us know. Windows 8 is supposed to be the first version of Windows to do this.

  • Mags

    @bajadave: DO NOT, I repeat no not do anything about that!!!!!

    I clicked on that link and the first thing that happened is that Avast stopped them from trying to install Malware on my pc.

    I highly doubt that it is a legitimate key!

    Better to go through MS, or if still available, get a key card.

  • JonE

    @al hall: I came back here today since I learned some new things about your question. And you are technically correct about being able to downgrade with an OEM version of Windows 8, but rather than write what I was going to I will refer you to the comment by “Preacher” and the link he provides:
    Read the whole boring thing; from start to finish. Perhaps you will come to the same conclusion I did; In my opinion it’s just not worth all the trouble. And after watching the video that “Col Panek” pointed us to, and that ended up being a dotTech Post today it affirmed my opinion that it just isn’t worth the trouble.

    @Preacher: Thank you, for the link. I congratulate you on your obvious ablility to navigate Microsoft with a high level of skill. I always get frustrated on Microsoft.

    @Col. Panek: A thousand Thank You’s; an extremely informative video. Although peppered with humor throughout there is seriously nothing humorous about it; the subject of the video, that is. My opinion.

    Thank you!

    @Ron Helton: The last thing I want to send to Microsoft is my money, but as we all know there are very few alternatives that work as well as Windows. And from everything I’ve been able to find out Microsoft is still marketing Windows 7. If you refer to the last comment, my comment, on page one (1) you will find a link there to the Microsoft Store for Windows 7 Professional, but it can be found for much less if you look around, perhaps at one of the shops in your local.

  • JonE

    I guess part of the answer is mainly because of a thing called, if memory serves correctly, Genuine Advantage which is something, after a lot of research, I wanted no part of. I guess there is a lot of MS stuff I want no part of. I certainly understand, with all the pirated Microsoft stuff out there, Microsoft’s need to verify the validity and authenticity of their software, but oh my goodness it can end up being a goat rope, if not a joke especially when someone spends hundreds of dollars for legitimate Microsoft software just to be told by Microsoft that it is not valid, well you get the point; it ends up being extremely frustrating for legitimate end users of Microsoft software.

    And I guess part of the answer is that I had no idea about the software gem Advanced Tokens Manager which I do intend to download and install.

    I personally have never had a problem activating any of my Microsoft software, OS or otherwise, by phone, and have never had MS come back at me afterwards telling me I don’t have a legitimate copy of Windows or other MS application, like many other people I know have who have activated online.

    And I stated that some may disagree with me because I’m not an expert; just a regular schmo that ended up helping a lot of people with computer problems and ended up doing the things I do based on my experience over many years.

    Phone activation has just plain worked for me and have found it to be nearly effortless. I most sincerely appreciate the heads up about Advanced Tokens Manager; I wish I knew about it long ago. Off topic? I don’t think so.

  • JonE

    @bajadave: The last comment on page one (1) was written with everyone in mind, but it was supposed to point directly at you; for some reason my old brain neglected that step. Sorry!

  • jayesstee

    @JonE: I’d be interested in knowing why you recommend ‘phoning for activation. If you think this would be off-subject, please consider sending me a Private Message via dotTech.
    Incidently, after the initial activation their is a way of avoiding activation with MicroSoft ever again.
    See my post:

  • JonE

    I would be very leery about buying one these keys. From what I was able to find out Microsoft does or did support buying new product keys for existing OEM OS versions, but the key words here is legit and genuine (an MS buy word). The question is; is this vendor authorized by Microsoft to sell these keys? I serioiusly doubt it. If they were an authorized vendor for Microsoft I beleive they would proudly display this fact, BOLDLY; they don’t. Any of the links I found on MS concerning the purchase of product keys pointed to Windows 8 or no longer existed. However, one of the links pointed directly at; however, the only Windows product keys I could find listed, other than Windows 8, is for Office products, nothing for Windows 7.

    From Everything I’ve been able to learn Microsoft is still marketing Windows 7 in fact I found a page on Microsoft with three Windows 7 versions; Home Premium, Pro, & Ultimate. But, have you ever navigated MS before; it can be extemely frustrating, seemingly impossible at times. I tried to find this page again; bang my head against the wall. But here is the link for Windows 7 Professional;, but the MS price borders on ridiculous, but they are selling it; it seems. In fact newegg is one of the sites I was going to recommend. You can also look on eBay, but be cautious on eBay. But, when it comes to Windows OS you need to be absolutely sure of what you’re getting before you lay your money on the table. There may also be some local shops, in your area, that may still be selling it and installing it, as an option, on new machines; I know of one in my area, for sure.

    As for the buying new keys I think the safest thing to do is to call Microsoft and talk to them directly to find out what the real deal is. They also have a chat function on Just be absolutely 100% certain you know what you’re getting; how genuine and legit it is, before giving anyone your money for a MS Windows OS. Or any other MS software product for that matter.

    I will close by telling you, that although kind of a pain, the best way I’ve found to activate a Microsoft product is by phone, not the Internet. Some may disagree with that.

    I was just about to post this when I noticed “jayesstee’s” post. It does say Genuine, and I’m sure if you were to write them and ask them if they are legit they would, of course, say, “Of course we are!” But, I’m wondering what they would say and what proof they would offer if you ask them to prove it. Might just never hear back from them. And I most definitely agree with “jayesstee” about being pessimistic. Contacting Microsoft directly is your best bet; I think.

  • jayesstee

    @bajadave: Their website says it is a genuine key. Doesn’t say it’s unique. Imagine trying to authorise a key already in use?
    Mind you I am a pessimistic old s*d, if you try it and it’s OK please post.

  • bajadave

    Based on above comments and a few other sources I’ve decided not to buy Windows 8.

    I’ve been search for a way to get a second copy of Windows 7. Turns out you can just buy a new key for $26

    I’m really tempted to try it. Wonder however if it’s legit?


  • Mike

    @gtatech: But easy enough to add a Start button, right, through third-party utilities. Although, of course, that’s not the way it should be . . . . Ah, Microsoft and Apple, telling us, so often, and not listening to us.

  • @Switch-kun: Thank you, that is I what thought.

  • Ron Helton

    @Col. Panek: Funny and should be sent to Microsoft. LOL

    They really should continue to sell Win7 to allow the customers to choose what THEY want and not what Microsoft wants to sell regardless of what the customer wants.

    I will be playing with Linux based OSes and other alternative OSes until something better comes down the pike.

  • gtatech

    I would pay $39.99 not to install Windows 8 on my laptop. Overall it runs a bit faster on my non touch screen laptop, but the lack of a Start Button is the real deal breaker. Windows 7 is mature and refined a nice Desktop OS. Windows 8 is just all over the place.

  • Col. Panek

    FUNNIEST review of Win8 Evar:

  • Switch-kun

    @Tommy Douglas: Win8 gives you aids. DO NOT buy it. The difference between Win7 and Win8 is so little, you should stick to your Win7 copy. Nothing about Win8 is a good. It’s a waste of time and money. Wait for Win9 to surface and hopefully it won’t be crap.

  • clockmendergb

    Win 8 as it is, would not be much good in an office but I thought it was possible to get it to open to the desktop..
    If thats possible and if they install a start button (can get a free download for that) then it would work .
    It definitely runs faster and it starts to main log on screen really quickly .

    I still use 7 for my work computers but have my sons laptop and a gaming machine on win 8 now.
    The second was to help me learn it.
    I still have not totally got it but am starting to figure my way around and its not really as bad as people think.
    My son just adapted with no fuss.
    I am taking a little longer and he is now showing me how to get things done instead of the other way round.

    Its certainly not the disaster that Vista turned out to be accept my version of Office 2007 suddenly became illegal after 3 years and the install. of win 8 and a new motherboard

    I will get that sorted out I am sure but it is a nuisance that it happened
    Yes its a legal copy..

    It also told me win 8 was illegal after the new mother board but Microsoft fixed that for me and I assume office will be the same when I get on the phone.

    I downloaded it on one computer and loaded it normally on the two other machines. with no problem.
    I did do clean installs on them both though.

    Its great being able to pay by PayPal and 40 bucks for the pro licence with Bit locker (nice on the Laptop) is a bargain .

  • Preacher

    I wondered a bit about the downgrading of Win8 to Win7, here’s what I found:

    It seems it is only allowed if you purchase a ne PC with Win8 pre-installed AND it has “downgrade rights”.

  • Mike

    @al hall: Do I recall correctly that with one of the Windows 8 “enhanced versions”–perhaps Win 8 Pro?–one can backgrade to Win7? Or was that a dream that I had . . .?

  • JonE

    @al hall: It seems to me that I read something like that at some point, but really don’t know.

    I did some quick checking around and found some references that say it is not possible. Of course the least helpful was Microsoft themselves.

    If anyone has a definitive answer to “al hall” question then please enlighten us; thank you!

  • al hall

    Isn’t there also a deal that lets you “downgrade” to W7 if you don’t like W8?

    That would be a cheap way to upgrade an older OS to W7; which is IMO much more useful if you don’t have a touchscreen.

  • Ed


    Once you have made the purchase and have receieved your license key you should be able to install anytime you wish.

  • jayesstee

    @Ashraf: Have you heard of any time limit for installation? I got it at the bargain(?) basement price, but have no plans to use it any time soon.

  • JonE

    Make me the same deal for Windows 7 Pro and I’m all in.

  • Bob

    I’ll give it a try this weekend and post the results!

  • Ed


    I would think you could since you do recieve a license code after purchasing, personally I haven’t tried due to lack of time, I orginally purchased and installed on my desktop, didn’t like it due to lack of customisation so went back to Windows 7. When I have the time I plan on installing on my laptop.

  • Bob

    Can I download at the special price with my new computer, but install it on an older computer to test it out?

  • Mags

    Never on my desktop or laptop! I don’t have any need for a tablet so no Win 8 for me period.

    Maybe for tablet owners, but never for a desktop or laptop!

  • Ed

    Hurry an grab it for the $40 if you want to give it a whirl, I did and I will tell you it is NOT worth $199.

  • Kelltic

    Haha. I’ll just forever hold my peace. Thanks.

  • bajadave

    Hi Ashraf,

    Funny I was just about to buy Windows 7 to put on a Dell laptop that has Vista on it. I really do like Windows 7. The laptop does not have a touch screen but for $40 maybe I should go Windows 8?

    Does Windows 8 need any special hardware ? (other than a touch screen, I’ll use the mouse) I will install a new hard drive and 8 gigs of ram also. It does has a dual core processor.

    Any and all opinions/thoughts are welcomed


  • Are there any real advantages to Windows 8 if you only use your home PC and do not have a touch screen?