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Step-by-step on how to use the $15 upgrade offer for Windows 8 Pro

Windows 8 Upgrade Offer page

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Back in June of this year, Microsoft announced that they would be offering a $15 Windows 8 upgrade to anyone who purchased a new Windows 7 PC on or after June 2. And best of all, rather than having the program administered by the OEMs, this time Microsoft is handling the whole process themselves.

Well, back in August I purchased a new system and recently decided to investigate the $15 Windows 8 upgrade. While the procedure was fairly easy, there were a lot of steps and some uncertainty here and there. As such, I decided to document the entire procedure in an article so that anyone wanting to go this route will know exactly what to expect. In this post, I'll show you all of the steps involved in using the $15 upgrade offer to download Windows 8 Pro and burn it to a DVD.

Keep in mind that the upgrade program will run until January 31, 2013, so you have plenty of time.

Prerequisites

  • You must have purchased a new Windows 7 PC on or after June 2nd, 2012.
  • You will need to have the Windows 7 product key from the machine that you are upgrading. The numbers will be on a small Microsoft sticker on your PC.
  • You will want to have either a DVD burner or an empty 3GB USB flash drive in order to store the download.

The Upgrade Offer page

To begin the process, launch your browser and head on over to Microsoft's Windows 8 Upgrade Offer page. As you can see, I have provided you with a direct link to the United States – English page. However, if you are from another country, just click the Change Location link at the top right. Otherwise, just click the Continue button.

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Greg Shultz is a freelance Technical Writer. Previously, he has worked as Documentation Specialist in the software industry, a Technical Support Specialist in educational industry, and a Technical Journalist in the computer publishing industry.