Windows 8 has been released a couple of months ago and while the verdict is still out in regards to how successful or not the operating system is, it is important to remember that a couple of deadlines will run out in January 2013. This includes options to purchase the upgrade of the operating system for a discount, get Windows Media Center for free, or that preview versions of the operating system will expire soon.
As far as updates are concerned, the offer to buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for the discounted price of $39.99 expires on January 31, 2013. The price may differ depending on which localized version of the shop you buy the upgrade from. It is worth remembering that you can update any legitimate version of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro using the upgrade, and that you can buy it right now and install it after January 31, 2013 as it won't expire after the deadline.
Note that you can install Windows 8 upgrades on a PC without operating system, that the version of your current operating system defines whether you are downloading a 32-bit or 64-bit image of Windows 8, and that you can download a Windows 8 ISO image again.
The free Windows Media Center update that Windows 8 Pro users can get a license for on this page expires on January 31, 2013 as well. All you need to do is visit the page, enter an email address and wait for the license code to arrive. Check out our guide here on how to add the feature pack to Windows 8. Remember that it is only free for Windows 8 Pro users, and that Windows 8 users (that is the standard desktop version of the system) need to purchase the discounted Windows 8 Pro Pack for $69.99 which not only adds Media Center to it but also upgrades the system from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro.
Also note that you need to add the feature pack to Windows 8 Pro prior to the deadline as the free licenses expire afterwards.
If you have purchased an eligible PC or laptop running Windows 7 or plan on purchasing one before January 31, 2013, you may register for an upgrade offer to get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.
All Windows 8 Preview versions that Microsoft has released will expire on January 15, 2013. If you need a test version of Windows 8 afterwards download the Windows 8 evaluation version for developers from the MSDN Evaluation Center. (via)
Ghacks is a technology news blog that was founded in 2005 by Martin Brinkmann. It has since then become one of the most popular tech news sites on the Internet with five authors and regular contributions from freelance writers.