Windows 8.1 40 Dollar Upgrade offer July 10th, 2013
Microsoft may offer a $40.00 upgrade for Windows 8.1, at this time this is pure speculation but not out of the realm of possibility.
Who will be eligible for the upgrade offer? Located on Microsoft’s Buy Windows 8 web page in the ‘System Requirements’ section you will notice that both the Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview are valid upgrade paths.
This could also be the basis for Microsoft to offer the 8.1 upgrade and the wording may read as follows: To install Windows 8.1 upgrade or Windows 8.1 Pro upgrade, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Preview.
Note: Windows 8.0 users will receive the upgrade for free.
I believe that if such an offer is made the product key ( NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F ) used when performing a “Custom” / clean on install on a PC that had no prior version of Windows installed will be used to validate the upgrade. Users who upgrade their prior version of Windows (XP, Vista or Windows 7) may also be eligible.
Note: Unless you plan to create a "Dual boot" computer, the best solution is to install the preview on an unused / unformatted drive with any other drives disconnected. The preview will take a while to load the initial setup files, during which you will see the colorful fish logo. The fish seems to be Microsoft way telling you it is in effect a preview as was the case with last year’s Windows 8.0 public preview / Beta builds.
Once the necessary files are copied, the installation starts by prompting you to choose your 'Language to install', 'Time and currency format' and the 'Keyboard or input method' settings you want to use. After making any changes from the default settings, click 'Next' to continue.
Click 'Install now' when prompted. Next you will be asked to 'Enter the product key to activate Windows'. Type: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F and click 'Next' to continue. This product key may well be what the $40 upgrade offer will consider as one of the valid options.
After you read and accept the license terms you are asked to choose between making an upgrade or a custom installation. Choose "Custom: Install Windows only (advanced)".
Next you will be prompted for 'Where you want to install Windows'. Select the drive or partition you want to use for Windows 8.1 and click 'Next'. The remaining installation steps are automatic and may require that Windows reboots. The final steps are 'Personalization', Settings and creating a user account. I would suggest a Microsoft Store account and not a Local account although both may work in order to be eligible for the $40 upgrade offer.
If there is an upgrade offer and it does include users who installed the preview you win as you do not need to surrender your existing Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 installation as the basis for the upgrade. Windows 8.0 users will receive the upgrade for free.
As was the case last year you will receive an Email confirmation with the order number, product key and a link to download Windows 8.1, print a hardcopy of the Email and put it in a safe place for future reference.
Notice: At this time (July 10th, 2013 no such offer is available).