So you bought a new Windows 7 PC on or after June 2, 2012 and you're anxious to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro already, is that right? Well, you might be in the minority on the latter part (see User Experience Expert Pans Windows 8 ), but if that's your end game, registration is now open for Microsoft's $14.99 upgrade offer to Windows 8 Pro. You can't actually download your copy of Windows 8 Pro until it launches to the general public on October 26, 2012, but you can fill out the form and validate your eligibility.
In case you need a refresher on what we're talking about, Microsoft's Windows Upgrade Offer allows you to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99 if you purchase or have purchased an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. It's a low cost way to ensure that if you buy a PC today you can still rock the latest version of Windows once October 26 rolls around.
To register (or pre-register, as it were), you'll need to fill out a few personal details and provide information about your Windows 7 PC, including the 25-digit Windows 7 product key that came with it. After that, you sit back and wait for Microsoft to shoot you a promo code via email so you can redeem your upgrade at the discounted price.
On a related note, if you're a student, don't forget you can snag a free Xbox 360 console with the purchase of a new Windows PC for $699 or more from participating retailers.