Finally, Microsoft has released its new Windows 8 OS in India, and worldwide. For those, who are unaware Windows 8 operating system comes in four different flavors—Windows 8, Windows 8 RT, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 enterprise. Windows 8 is designed from the scratch and optimized to work on ARM (tablets) based devices as well as normal PCs. Before you scratch your head head over to Wiki page to understand the basic difference between all of the above flavors. With this release Microsoft has also unveiled a special promotional campaign for those who have purchased a genuine Windows 7 PC during the period 2nd June 2012 to 31 January 2013. The promotional price is same for all Windows 7 PCs that came with following OS preinstalled
- Windows 7 Home Basic
- Windows 7 Home Premium
- Windows 7 Professional
- Windows 7 Ultimate
Microsoft seems to be quite aggressive with its marketing this time. Whisperers are claiming that Microsoft has had a series of private meetings with Indian retailers, and Microsoft insisted to provide only genuine software and product during their meetings. It is also said that retailers are warned for any piracy and should be prepared to pay a hefty penalty in case found guilty. Microsoft understands the Indian market very well, and hence they have decided to offer promotional offer to Indian users to take maximum advantage in this festival season. It is a win-win situation for both Microsoft and consumers.
How to Buy Windows 8 Pro for cheap
The usual price for Windows 8 Pro version is Rs.1999 ($39.99). However, if you have purchased any genuine Windows 7 PC (laptop/ notebook/ netbook) on or after 2nd June 2012, then you can buy it at Rs.699 instead of Rs.1999. Let’s follow the step by step procedure to buy Windows 8 Pro for cheap.
Also check out some of the best Windows 8 applications.
Note: Make sure your PC is eligible for Windows 8 upgrade before following the below steps.
Step 1: Go to Windowsupgradeoffer.com (India)
Step 2: Now press the Continue button placed at the bottom left corner.
Step 3: Fill up the form with real information. If you’re unsure then download Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from here.
Step 4: Fire up Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. It will check your system and report any issues or incompatible apps. Click on Next at the bottom right option
Step 5: On the next Window make sure you choose the appropriate option (I selected Windows settings, personal files, and apps) to keep your data intact. Once again, select Next option from bottom right corner
Step 6: It will prompt you with a Window saying Just a little bit longer. Press Next.
Step 7: You will be presented with Windows 8 Pro version and buying option. Click Next. In the next window, you can also select to purchase a DVD worth Rs.1060.00. Click on Checkout
Step 8: In case, if you have skipped the first part of Step 3, you can enter billing information here. Click Next
Step 9: You will be asked to provide more information about your previous Windows 7 purchase. Make sure you enter correct information. Also make sure you enter the date after 2nd June 2012 to unlock this promotion code.
Step 10: Select the payment method (paypal or credit card).
Step 11: Check your email. You will get a couple of emails along with the promotional code.
Step 12: Come back to Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and in the next purchase windows enter the promotion code.
Step 13: The final price of the product will be Rs.699. Click on Buy to finalize the decision
That’s pretty much all. Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will automatically download Windows 8 Pro version for you. Later, you can select to save the installation file on PC or burn on the disk.
We will provide a detailed guide later on how to install Windows 8 Pro on your PC.