Buying a computer now but worried you'll be missing out on Windows 8? Microsoft's got you covered, but there are a few things to remember before getting excited.
There's been plenty of talk about new processors and new graphics cards, but what about the shiny new operating system, Windows 8? If you're holding off on a new computer or notebook purchase because you want Microsoft's latest OS, fear not: for just $14.99 Microsoft is going to offer an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro
. Before you get excited, there are some catches you need to be aware of.1. It's only for computers purchased after the 2nd of June!
This may have caught out many, but the upgrade offer only applies for computers bought after the 2nd of June. It does last until the end of January 2013, however.2. Windows 7 Starter isn't covered!
Netbook buyers should be aware that Windows 7 Starter isn't covered, only Home Premium, Professional and Ultimate. Based on the Windows 8 Release Preview requirements, most netbooks should probably be able to run Windows 8, but it won't be offered under the upgrade deal if your netbook comes with 7 Starter.3. Only five upgrades per customer.
This'll probably be of more interest to small businesses, but each customer can only make use of this offer five times. That's per organisation as well, so don't expect five upgrades per employee.4. You don't get an install DVD unless you pay extra.
While you can get an install DVD for Windows 8 Pro if you pay extra, the offer is otherwise for download only. That's cool for those of us with speedy internet connections and lots of bandwidth, but those with neither of those should keep in mind the extra cost. The official comment is: “At this point, we have not released pricing for the DVD option. Customers who elect this option will receive further details on pricing and delivery options once Windows 8 is generally available.”
We’ll keep you posted about the eventual pricing when it hits.5. You don't have to install it on the computer you registered the offer for!
When you buy an eligible computer during the promotional period, you don't have to upgrade that particular PC with Windows 8 Pro. If you've got another computer that you bought before the promotion started, you can put the upgrade on that one. For example, this'll be handy for those who buy a small ultraportable notebook but would prefer their desktop gets the precious Windows 8 Pro upgrade.