Gigabyte Technology, a manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, has announced that the entire range of currently available Gigabyte motherboards is ready for Microsoft’s Windows 8 operating system. This readiness includes driver and BIOS support that will ensure the absolute smoothest transition to the new OS.

Some advanced Windows 8 features require optimised specifications such as a touchscreen monitor, a UEFI BIOS and an SSD that may not be available in every legacy and entry-level system.

Gigabyte Motherboards are ready for Windows 8

Gigabyte Motherboards are ready for Windows 8

According to a recent report, Microsoft has now started accepting user registrations for Windows 8 upgrades and will continue accepting them till February 28, 2013. The deliveries, however, won't begin until October 26, 2012. Those users purchasing a qualifying Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can go in for the registration by paying Rs.699.

The offer is applicable to customers (e.g. Home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is essentially a new PC that has been purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key, and preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, or Windows 7 Ultimate.

Once users are done with their registration and get validated by Microsoft, they will receive a registration confirmation e-mail. Once the deliveries begin on October 26, 2012, the registered users will receive an e-mail containing the promotion code and instructions for purchasing and downloading the software. Users can redeem the promotion code that they receive during the upgrade ordering process to avail the promotional price.

Earlier in July this year, we had reported about Microsoft offering Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 as part of a promotional scheme. This offer is up for grabs up to the 31st of January, 2013 and will be available in 131 markets. Not only users with Windows 7 are eligible for this offer, but it is also valid for users who have Windows Vista and XP. Microsoft has not just stopped there; they have also stated that users can even add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after the upgrade procedure.

For more information on Windows 8 optimised motherboards from Gigabyte, please visit the Gigabyte Windows 8 web page.

To register for Windows 8 upgrade, click here.

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