Windows 8 Users Can Upgrade to Windows 9 For Free - Update

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Windows 8 Users Can Upgrade to Windows 9 For Free - Update

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President of Microsoft Indonesia Andreas Diantoro has confirmed that Windows 8 users will get Windows 9 free-of-charge.

Update: A spokesperson for Microsoft America has told us that the company "has nothing to share," regarding this report, so it may not be as "confirmed" as the Indonesian site claims.

Original Story: If you're thinking it hasn't been that long since Windows 8 launched, you'd be right. Released just two years ago, in October of 2012, Windows 8 was plagued with problems and criticsm right from the get-go - so much so that Microsoft is desperately trying to distance itself from it by getting Windows 9 out there as soon as possible. But what about those dedicated Microsoft early-adopters who made the switch to 8? Well, Microsoft Indonesia president Andreas Diantoro has confirmed that as a reward for their loyalty, Windows 8 users will be able to upgrade to Windows 9 completely free-of-charge.

Speaking to Indonesian publication Detik, Diantoro said that users will be able to easily install the Windows 9 update after downloading it from Microsoft, in a similar way to how Apple currently rolls out its OSX updates. He said this in relation to the free upgrade from Windows 8, so it's unsure if users on older OSs, such as Windows 7 and the no-longer-supported Windows XP, will be able to upgrade digitally.

Diantoro also didn't make it clear if the free upgrade would extend to Windows 7 users, but we can probably assume it won't. He also didn't announce any pricing options for a stand-alone Windows 9 version.

Microsoft is rumored to be revealing the OS this month, and leaks have suggested it will feature the return of the Start menu, the Cortana voice-based search assistant that's currently available only on Windows Phone, the Notification Center, support for multiple desktops, and several other UI enhancements.

We've reached out to Microsoft of America for confirmation that this deal will extend to those in North America.

Source: Detik (Indonesian) via BGR

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But I like the metro start menu. Hopefully it's still an option for desktops or they at least make the old start menu less shit. Being able to pin everything in place and quickly open shortcuts via muscle memory beats out a great big list any day.

Who wants to bet Minecraft will come installed with it just like minesweeper and solitaire?

Also, I hope for their sake that isn't actually going to be it's logo.

oh god this better be true for the US because when I bought 8 I expected it to last the entire life of my laptop(2-4 years and its only 1 year old now)

iblis666:
oh god this better be true for the US because when I bought 8 I expected it to last the entire life of my laptop(2-4 years and its only 1 year old now)

Even if they don't give you a free upgrade to 9 Windows 8 will still be supported for a few years atleast so you will get the life out of your OS. Whats more likely is that "Windows 9" is really Windows 8.2 renamed to get away from the bad press of 8 and given a face lift responding to feedback from the public. All they really need to do is give people options for how they want their desktop to operate.

iblis666:
oh god this better be true for the US because when I bought 8 I expected it to last the entire life of my laptop(2-4 years and its only 1 year old now)

As RicoADF said it will last the lifetime of your Laptop, Microsoft only just recently stopped supporting Windows XP. They did extend it because of the reception of Windows Vista, but Windows 8 is currently scheduled to have extended support until 2023.

Here is the Microsoft link with their lifecycle information

Link

I wonder if the "odd-numbered windows rule" is an official Microsoft marketing strategy at this point. I mean, they have to be hoping Windows 7 users buy 9 based on that history.

xXSnowyXx:
But I like the metro start menu. Hopefully it's still an option for desktops or they at least make the old start menu less shit. Being able to pin everything in place and quickly open shortcuts via muscle memory beats out a great big list any day.

Yeah, I have to agree. Although the Start Screen shares faults with the Start Menu (mainly in making it a PITA to find your newly-installed programs), I love the way I can put all my commonly-used programs on it, plus get my news and email sent to the Live tiles.

Hopefully there will be a manual override option for the desktop users that want to keep the Start Screen, but if not, it's no huge thing. I used the Start Menu for fifteen or twenty years. It won't be that tough to go back to it.

OT: Hope this news turns out to be true. Even though I'll probably snag a stand-alone copy at some point, updating my current systems for free would be a sweet deal.

Hmmmm, interesting dilemma for me now; Do I upgrade when 9 comes out, or do what I normally do and Stick with what's already installed (In this case, 8)?

Thanks Microsoft, but I think I'll stick with 8. At least for now. My laptop runs perfectly on 8 and I don't wanna risk ruining my computer by Upgrading it. Plus, we don't know if 9 will run smoothly when first released. I don't like taking chances.

Redlin5:
I wonder if the "odd-numbered windows rule" is an official Microsoft marketing strategy at this point. I mean, they have to be hoping Windows 7 users buy 9 based on that history.

Didn't Microsoft offer a similar service for upgrading from Vista to 7? Or was that just at a reduced price?
Either way, it kinda flows well with that rule. "Buy our experimental OS and you'll get the following stable release for free".

I'm still looking to upgrade to windows 7 from XP, wouldn't touch 8 because I don't believe the user should have to manually fix something like removing that interface designed for tablets. I hope 9 is just a more resource efficient 7.

Yeah... the only way to make me upgrade from Win 7 is prying it from my dead, cold hands.

Or you know, make a good incentive to do so, like 7 from XP :P

Mr.Mattress:
Thanks Microsoft, but I think I'll stick with 8. At least for now. My laptop runs perfectly on 8 and I don't wanna risk ruining my computer by Upgrading it. Plus, we don't know if 9 will run smoothly when first released. I don't like taking chances.

It is an unspoken rule that most non-disc software does not work properly on launch. Expectations are pointless to rely on, too, as you can get software at any time within several years. Windows 9 might be great, once the bugs are patched.

their just gonna kill compatibility with my old games even more, i don't want it.

RicoADF:

iblis666:
oh god this better be true for the US because when I bought 8 I expected it to last the entire life of my laptop(2-4 years and its only 1 year old now)

Even if they don't give you a free upgrade to 9 Windows 8 will still be supported for a few years atleast so you will get the life out of your OS. Whats more likely is that "Windows 9" is really Windows 8.2 renamed to get away from the bad press of 8 and given a face lift responding to feedback from the public. All they really need to do is give people options for how they want their desktop to operate.

Sanunes:

iblis666:
oh god this better be true for the US because when I bought 8 I expected it to last the entire life of my laptop(2-4 years and its only 1 year old now)

As RicoADF said it will last the lifetime of your Laptop, Microsoft only just recently stopped supporting Windows XP. They did extend it because of the reception of Windows Vista, but Windows 8 is currently scheduled to have extended support until 2023.

Here is the Microsoft link with their lifecycle information

Link

yes but you see I want the newest operating system

sturryz:
their just gonna kill compatibility with my old games even more, i don't want it.

My computer is "dual boot" with XP and Vista for much this reason. If you have the hard drive space to spare, it's not too difficult to set up. A little time-down menu runs when you boot, asking which OS you wish to boot to.

...Of course, that was before games started to show up not working for Vista 64. I'm really hoping Windows 9 is worth a damn... And contemplating picking up an OEM Windows 7, just in case.

iblis666:

yes but you see I want the newest operating system

Why? Newest does not mean best or even more advanced. For quite awhile Windows XP was the best OS to use even for gaming as they ran better on it than Vista, then 7 took the throne and even with 8 out your still better off with 7 (I have both OS's and 7 runs better, has less headachs and in general is a better OS). Just because 9 is released does not guarentee an improvement, if anything I would argue 7 is the pinnicle of Windows (atleast for now) and as such there's nothing another version can do to improve it until a major change in the hardware field (which has mostly plateaued since their hitting the ceiling of what can be realistically done.

Callate:

...Of course, that was before games started to show up not working for Vista 64. I'm really hoping Windows 9 is worth a damn... And contemplating picking up an OEM Windows 7, just in case.

I'd recommend grabbing a copy just incase, I'm considering grabbing a Windows 7 Pro OEM myself.

Thank fuck!

I got a shiny new laptop this summer and my only complaint about it is how much I HATE Windows 8. I loved Windows 7 - greatest thing since XP - I loved every feature (and could turn off those I didn't) and then Windows 8 came along and STOLE MY GODSDAMNED START MENU!!!

Gone were the little check boxes that let me easily choose what to select in a folder.

Gone was the ability to quickly go to often used folders.

Gone was the ability to stop Windows FUCKING Update from running (Windows 8 says it's off, but it isn't really off).

**seethes in hatred of Windows 8**

I hope they bring it all back, or at least the option to select features, or something that isn't this steaming pile of tablet shit.

frizzlebyte:

xXSnowyXx:
But I like the metro start menu. Hopefully it's still an option for desktops or they at least make the old start menu less shit. Being able to pin everything in place and quickly open shortcuts via muscle memory beats out a great big list any day.

Yeah, I have to agree. Although the Start Screen shares faults with the Start Menu (mainly in making it a PITA to find your newly-installed programs), I love the way I can put all my commonly-used programs on it, plus get my news and email sent to the Live tiles.

Hopefully there will be a manual override option for the desktop users that want to keep the Start Screen, but if not, it's no huge thing. I used the Start Menu for fifteen or twenty years. It won't be that tough to go back to it.

OT: Hope this news turns out to be true. Even though I'll probably snag a stand-alone copy at some point, updating my current systems for free would be a sweet deal.

I really think you two are in the minority. I hate it so much that I prefer just going through the folders one at the time to find what I need. I've also manually erased every tile because their existence offended my sensibilities.

Anyhow, my biggest gripe with 8 was the permissions lock. It is so annoying that you are working as Admin and have to figure out how to bypass extra locks to make changes to things as simple as the Program Files directory. Literally, to mod games you have to fight the system. Now I know how to do it so it's easy, but I was so upset by that change and the presumption that I'm an idiot who can't take care of my own computer.

Microsoft not being a money grabbing whore? I'm astonished. This really is a good development. But I guess Windows 8 users deserve this for all of their suffering.

I just want to see what else they have done. Because if they think the only problem was "No start menu" then they will still have a problem with adoption. The biggest issue is the horrid mish-mash between Metro and Windows UIs - badly planned and badly implemented. The Start Menu was just the most obvious symptom of that.

I do hope they spent enough time working out the bugs to make a proper operating system this time. Windows 8 was such garbage at release that it took no time at all to cause fatal errors by doing normal activities that one uses an operating system for and being able to remotely edit and delete code without the users permission was security nightmare. Regardless of techs refusing to use it or even give assistance to those who do, trying to manually shut down the holes in security was a like trying to untangle a ball of yarn, needlessly tedious and time consuming. I don't even want to get into the UI problems and how companies just flat out refused to make software for it. Although I am concerned about the rushed windows 9 coming out too soon, I can understand their hurry to get it to market due to the mess 8 was.

maxben:

frizzlebyte:

xXSnowyXx:
But I like the metro start menu. Hopefully it's still an option for desktops or they at least make the old start menu less shit. Being able to pin everything in place and quickly open shortcuts via muscle memory beats out a great big list any day.

Yeah, I have to agree. Although the Start Screen shares faults with the Start Menu (mainly in making it a PITA to find your newly-installed programs), I love the way I can put all my commonly-used programs on it, plus get my news and email sent to the Live tiles.

Hopefully there will be a manual override option for the desktop users that want to keep the Start Screen, but if not, it's no huge thing. I used the Start Menu for fifteen or twenty years. It won't be that tough to go back to it.

OT: Hope this news turns out to be true. Even though I'll probably snag a stand-alone copy at some point, updating my current systems for free would be a sweet deal.

I really think you two are in the minority. I hate it so much that I prefer just going through the folders one at the time to find what I need. I've also manually erased every tile because their existence offended my sensibilities.

Anyhow, my biggest gripe with 8 was the permissions lock. It is so annoying that you are working as Admin and have to figure out how to bypass extra locks to make changes to things as simple as the Program Files directory. Literally, to mod games you have to fight the system. Now I know how to do it so it's easy, but I was so upset by that change and the presumption that I'm an idiot who can't take care of my own computer.

LOL! Worse than that, it was easier for someone to remotely edit and delete code than it was for the average user to!

I bet it will be a 20gb download. No more than 30. Maybe.

Did Microsoft pay for this ad? Because I see vista is not mentioned and it was considered a catastrophe, but it's temp patch Win 7 is mentioned.

Is Microsoft really desperately trying to distance itself from Windows 88?
Or are they just continuing their plans for yearly Windows releases?

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/bd5a21e6-3a53-11e2-baac-00144feabdc0.html

EDIT: Here's a google link to the article that doesn't give me the sign up to Financial Times thing.

http://www.google.be/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CB8QFjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ft.com%2Fcms%2Fs%2F0%2Fbd5a21e6-3a53-11e2-baac-00144feabdc0.html&ei=ny4pVLaZGMO07QbdsoHQBg&usg=AFQjCNG5TpHsK0zzlMZcikXifTWxD1tRxQ&sig2=XdQ4do_-6PartrYo_YQ9TQ&bvm=bv.76247554,d.bGQ&cad=rja

Good, Windows 8 is shit as fuck. I put all of my paths to my standard folders on my desktop because I was sick of waving my mouse over the right side side of the screen hoping that eventually the thing would wake up and give me the menu.

I'm not going to blindly run into 9 because it might have compatibility issues or whatever but once it looks fine i'll get it if it's free.

iblis666:

yes but you see I want the newest operating system

Why? I use Windows Vista/7 (they are the same thing now) on all my Windows based PCs and expect the same longevity I got from Windows XP. I have no intention of getting a new overpriced operating system for over a decade.

Nuxxy:
I just want to see what else they have done. Because if they think the only problem was "No start menu" then they will still have a problem with adoption. The biggest issue is the horrid mish-mash between Metro and Windows UIs - badly planned and badly implemented. The Start Menu was just the most obvious symptom of that.

I don't understand why those features couldn't be released as optional extras for Vista/7.

Mr.Tea:

Or you could install games somewhere other than C:\ ... Still, I don't mod a lot of games, but I've never had a problem with that.

I use 8, and I agree with you about it being fine, but this is an annoying bit. You have to setup notepad to run as administrator by default, or else you can't edit ini files.

Also, interestingly, I've never had compatability issues with win8. I was even able to play Jade Empire and Kotor 2 on it. It's certainly not as nice as XP, but Win8 gets a bad rap for user error a lot of the time.

Mr.Tea:

maxben:
Anyhow, my biggest gripe with 8 was the permissions lock. It is so annoying that you are working as Admin and have to figure out how to bypass extra locks to make changes to things as simple as the Program Files directory. Literally, to mod games you have to fight the system. Now I know how to do it so it's easy, but I was so upset by that change and the presumption that I'm an idiot who can't take care of my own computer.

Or you could install games somewhere other than C:\ ... Still, I don't mod a lot of games, but I've never had a problem with that.

In any case, it was a lose-lose decision for them; Before UAC, people kept bitching about how "insecure" Windows was. Now, people are bitching that the OS doesn't "trust them" with constant Admin rights... They made the right choice though. At least idiots are more secure now and non-idiots should know how to adapt.

Well if you were the person who had to deal with these kinds of issues you would know why they are so frustrating, I mod and change things within all my games, but I also deal with other aspects of the computer that are locked (the games is just a go-to example). What they should have done is hide a button somewhere deep that you can turn on to get out of "I'm an idiot" mode. Because while I can deal with it now, it is still frustrating and takes time. Such a button would solve my issues while protecting the idiots, and that's what we call win-win.

I heard some people talking nice things about Windows 8 and I had a chance of buying a Windows 8 Pro licence for only 10 euro. I though that the price was so low that even if I end up disliking it, it won't be much of a waste.
Oh boy have I been wrong. Windows 8 and 8.1 are nothing more than 2 piles of shit. This is literally the worst Windows Microsoft has ever released. During the first day I had experienced the Windows 8 equivalent of BSoD 3 freaking times. What the fucking hell Microsoft?
Boots up faster than Windows 7? Yeah, my ass. It boots at least 25% slower. It doesn't even shut down buy hibernates. If you compare the ridiculously fast hibernate from Windows 7, this is a freaking snail. And if you actually shut down windows 8, it gets ridiculously slow to boot up.

The star menu is obviously made for tablets and phones. The whole OS feels like it's made for phones and then someone during the last month of development thought "hey, why don't we add Windows Explorer to it and shit it out as a PC OS?" and he got promoted because of this idiotic decision.

The only thing that Windows 8.1 does better than Windows 7 is the icon for the start menu and the ability to pause copying/moving files from one location to another. If I wasn't this laze, I would have installed Windows 7 again but I can't be bothered now. I will do it during the weekend.

So MS, Windows 9 better be a huge leap forward. Taking DirectX 12 hostage won't help you sell that shit if it's even remotely as bad as Windows 8.

After using Windows 8 I wonder if all the complaints were knee jerk reactions. The start menu worked no different from window 7,seeing how I pinned stuff to the start menu. The only issue I had was figuring out why a program had use the minimum screen resolution my moniter couldn't support. Took a hour to realize it was a app for the tablet, something a friend of mine claimed took him all day to figure out which is why he hates Windows 8. Most of the time it sounded like not knowing how to use the new UI, if so then I wonder how. All in all after the not steep learning curve it works like 7 for me. Like 8 I'll wait a year for 9 to have issues resolved. Seeing how I don't wanna use my pi as a main driver.

While I thought it was a bit fiddly when I started with it, Windows 8 has been fine for me. Granted, I didn't have it day one so most of the kinks were ironed out by the time I got there. Unlike a fair few Windows OS, it runs quite light. Even with Firefox open, I'm not drawing more than 10% of my CPU(an AMD FX 4130) and just a bit over 10% on 16 GB of ram.

I probably won't take them up on the offer. Every time a new OS comes out, a whole bunch of shit breaks. If I can upgrade at any time, I'll wait a while before I grab the new OS. If I can't, this will work fine.

Great news, assuming that Europe will also get the free update. Even though i don't really hate my windows 8.1, i only used the old start menu for search and i do the same with this one and everything else works better for me than with win7 since i had some annoying driver issues with 7.

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