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PC World becomes first retailer to give Windows 8 Pro with PCs

PC World has started to give away free Windows 8 Pro upgrades worth £15 when purchased with a qualifying PC or laptop, as the 26 October launch of OS approaches.

The PCs, the retailer says, are new PCs purchased with a valid Windows 7 OEM certificate of authenticity, product key and preinstalled with any Windows 7 edition (including Home Basic); which is surprising given that Windows 7 Professional by itself costs at least £116.

The company will essentially refund the £15 via a cheque payment within 40 days after customers have completed an online redemption form. Microsoft has also confirmed the UK price for Windows 8 Pro for those with older computers with a legal Windows operating system although it has yet to publish anything online.

It appears that the deal doesn't cover any Windows 7-based tablet like the Acer Iconia W500 or the Samsung Series 7 slate. More about that offer on PC World's dedicated Windows 8 Pro upgrade page.

Why not read two articles we produced recently on the things you need to know about the Windows 8 Upgrade offer as well as four tips for installing Windows 8.

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