Computerworld's tests, including the one that was quickly approved, were conducted on a Mac, even though the upgrade offer FAQ clearly states, "This upgrade offer requires you to use your Windows PC to register."
Closer to the Oct. 26 ship date for Windows 8, registered users will receive an email that includes the promo code, download links and instructions, and information on how to buy the optional $69.99 installation DVD.
Microsoft has expanded the deal from 131 markets to a total of 140. The company has posted a list of eligible countries, upgrade languages, and accepted currencies on its website.
Each customer may apply for up to five discounted upgrades, assuming he or she purchased that many new PCs from June 2 onward.
The promo codes must be redeemed, the $14.99 payment made and the download completed no later than Feb. 29, 2013.
The second Windows 8 upgrade offer -- a $39.99 upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for owners of older Windows XP and Vista PCs, and Windows 7 machines ineligible for the less-expensive upgrade -- has not yet begun taking registration information. Like the $14.99 upgrade program, the more inclusive deal will let customers download the upgrade starting Oct. 26.
This confirmation email is sent after completing the order for the $14.99 offer; a second email will arrive later with the promo code for the discounted upgrade.
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