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Author Topic: Windows 8 prices seem to have been announced during period to 31st January  (Read 3446 times)
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« on: July 03, 2012, 07:08:59 PM »

They are desperate to get this thing out there:

http://www.v3.co.uk/v3-uk...ers-upgrade-windows-gbp25
http://www.windowsitpro.c...-special-promotion-143592

This seems to be any version of XP, Vista or 7 to 8 Pro and they are even throwing in Windows Media Center for free during the promotion (well whoopdidoo).

Seems you are going to be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 (US) or £25 (UK) until the end of January from the day of release.

That is for a download version. You can get a DVD but it will be $70 - (yep that's $30 for a DVD that costs 15 cents) (see articles)

Either they are trying to compete with MacOSX prices or they are desperate to tempt people to adopt early so they can say what a success it has been!

They are either being clever marketing it like this or the bad press rumbling over this release has them scared! Can't quite decide which. I suspect it is the first because they see Joe public adopting Metro wholesale and buying everything they need from the store - maybe that will happen - or maybe pigs will fly.
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« Reply #1 on: July 03, 2012, 10:52:04 PM »

This is a great idea. Now how about throwing in Office 2013 (or whatever the version is), too?
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« Reply #2 on: July 07, 2012, 10:42:06 AM »

This is a great idea. Now how about throwing in Office 2013 (or whatever the version is), too?

Pretty much they do.  Most of the functionality is available on the web in Office Live.
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« Reply #3 on: October 16, 2012, 07:43:15 PM »

If anyone is planning to order Windows 8 Pro at the upgrade price of $39.99, you can get the DVD for the same price at Amazon until Oct 30.
Windows 8 Pro
Well, only if you don't mind spending the $30 promotional credit at Amazon.
Someone has to support it, right?
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« Reply #4 on: October 16, 2012, 09:56:37 PM »

^ Thanks.  I might actually do that.
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« Reply #5 on: October 17, 2012, 09:21:31 AM »

If anyone is planning to order Windows 8 Pro at the upgrade price of $39.99, you can get the DVD for the same price at Amazon until Oct 30.
Windows 8 Pro

-the date seems to be "Through October 20, 2012", not "30".



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« Reply #6 on: October 17, 2012, 10:44:09 AM »

No offers on Amazon UK - in fact they only seem to offer Pro Upgrades at £50 at the moment.

Has MS made it clear yet what happens to WMC when you upgrade from Win 8 Standard to Pro - does the 'upgrade' delete WMC ?
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« Reply #7 on: October 17, 2012, 01:06:34 PM »

Looks like the pre-order copies from Amazon itself are sold out.
Pricing is now for a third party - at $159.99 for Windows 8 Pro
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« Reply #8 on: October 17, 2012, 01:48:22 PM »

Well, back in stock and $69.99 again
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« Reply #9 on: October 17, 2012, 05:29:44 PM »

Has anyone looked at the lovely shiny new Windows 8 N-editions?

Fantastic offer - only 3+ times the normal price. I am sure they will be snapped up very quickly - grab yours while you can!
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« Reply #10 on: October 18, 2012, 04:32:24 AM »

Has anyone looked at the lovely shiny new Windows 8 N-editions?

Fantastic offer - only 3+ times the normal price. I am sure they will be snapped up very quickly - grab yours while you can!

this ms page claims they should be the same price - but maybe they just dont make any offers with 'N'.

Do you know does this mean that we in the EU can *only* get 'N', or is it simply another option?
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« Reply #11 on: October 18, 2012, 09:07:37 AM »

Has anyone looked at the lovely shiny new Windows 8 N-editions?

Fantastic offer - only 3+ times the normal price. I am sure they will be snapped up very quickly - grab yours while you can!

this ms page claims they should be the same price - but maybe they just dont make any offers with 'N'.

Do you know does this mean that we in the EU can *only* get 'N', or is it simply another option?

IIRC - The N versions are just crippled versions that you can fix through downloading some MS software (WMP) that the EU in its infinite wisdom deemed illegal.

I'd recommend using a VPN with an IP in the place where you want to purchase. Once you pop out there, you're pretty much good to go, as long as you can get through the torture of the payment process.
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« Reply #12 on: October 18, 2012, 09:29:29 AM »

Amazon are selling standard and N versions in the UK - been the case since Vista and the EU court case. The case didn't stop standard versions being sold but N versions had to be available too. Last time I looked on Amazon Win 8 Pro upgrade was £49.99 but Windows 8 Pro N version was £158.99

Perhaps time for another court case as the N version should be the same price or cheaper (since it lacks a number of features like WMP and Internet Explorer).
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« Reply #13 on: October 25, 2012, 11:20:38 PM »

I went non-pro System Builder 64-bit with additional 30 USD off (valid through 2012-10-25?) of 99.99 USD:

  http://www.amazon.com/Windows-System-Builder-DVD-64-Bit/dp/B0094NY3R0/

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« Reply #14 on: October 26, 2012, 02:18:46 AM »

I went non-pro System Builder 64-bit with additional 30 USD off (valid through 2012-10-25?) of 99.99 USD:

  http://www.amazon.com/Windows-System-Builder-DVD-64-Bit/dp/B0094NY3R0/
 (see attachment in previous post)

Why? Why pay $60 more than you need to?
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« Reply #15 on: October 26, 2012, 02:45:40 AM »

Is there a cheaper non-upgrade option?
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« Reply #16 on: October 26, 2012, 07:57:03 AM »

Is there a cheaper non-upgrade option?

I'd like the answer to *that* one.  Doing the math... 99.99 - 30 (your price) - 60 (the more you paid that you needed to) = 9.99.  I'd go for that!
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« Reply #17 on: October 26, 2012, 08:35:57 AM »

You can still get a full OEM copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for about $75 if you shop around.

I still think that's a smarter buy and a much better deal.  tongue


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« Reply #18 on: October 26, 2012, 02:23:47 PM »

You can still get a full OEM copy of Windows 7 Pro 64-bit for about $75 if you shop around.

I can get a full OEM copy of Win 7 pro for 35 euros (45$) tongue
oooh, let me bask in that a bit cheesy I'm so used to things being a lot more expensive here than in the States.
(this bargain is made possible because the courts here declared it legal to sell on OEM versions.)
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« Reply #19 on: October 26, 2012, 03:00:49 PM »

^ Thmbsup LOL
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