Security Flaws Allowing Any Windows User to Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro For Just $14.99

Security Flaws Allowing Any Windows User to Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro For Just $14.99

The long awaited and the most advanced windows operating system by Microsoft is ready and available to buy from Microsoft Store. Earlier we got three Pre-release version of Windows 8 -Consumer Preview, Developer Preview Release Preview. Along with these the Redmond based software giant also released an Enterprise Edition of Windows 8. With those releases, Microsoft declared that they will start selling Windows 8 from October 26. As per the schedule Microsoft opened its virtual store and began selling upgrades to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99, making good on a promise made last summer. The upgrade, which must be downloaded and installed via a utility called "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant," can be applied to Windows XP-, Vista-, and Windows 7-powered systems. So far so good, but not that good as it looking, recently a security hole has been spotted in the wild which is allowing Windows user to buy a license for Windows 8 Pro for just $14.99 by faking the details on the WindowsUpgradeOffer page. According to a post from Technology Personalized -For the uninitiated, the MRP of Windows 8 Pro version is $169.99 and during the promotional offer period, which runs till Jan 31st 2013, Microsoft is offering a big $130 discount to encourage early adaption of the latest Windows OS. So, the existing Windows 7/Vista/XP users can upgrade to Windows 8 for just $39.99 (or INR 1999). Additionally, Microsoft had announced that those who bought a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 are eligible for a further discount and can actually upgrade for a meagre $14.99. Moreover, users get to download the ISO and/or save Windows 8 as bootable USB.

Shockingly, the WindowsUpgradeOffer page requires people to enter some extremely basic details about their Windows 7 PC purchase as shown below. As you can see, the details they ask for can no way be used to validate the purchase. It neither asks for a serial number nor Windows 7 key, but just the PC brand and model! As you can see, we entered some random info into each of the fields.

Once the details are submitted, user will get a confirmation email about the registration. Within a few minutes, another email with the promo code is sent to the same email address. This promo code can be used to purchase the Windows 8 Pro edition via the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant app, for a nominal fee of USD 14.99. Unbelievable, isn’t it? 
So far Microsoft did not responded about this issue, but for those who want to buy Windows 8 Pro (Download) click Here & those who want to get Windows 8 Pro shipped to you click Here.


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