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To get ready for the launch of its latest operating system, Microsoft finally flipped on registrations for its Windows 8 upgrade program, the company announced today via its Twitter account.

For $14.99, anyone who purchased a Windows-based PC after June 2 is eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Customers in 140 countries have until January 31 to redeem the offer, which you can do via Microsoft’s official upgrade page. The offer is good for up to five different PCs per customer.

Anyone who misses the deadline must pay full $40 upgrade price if they want Windows 8 on their machine. Even without the promotional price, this version of Windows is substantially lower than what Microsoft has asked for in the past.

The real question will be if the lower price will be enough to attract Windows users to a radically different OS. As VentureBeat’s Sean Ludwig previously pointed out, Windows 8 could very well suffer from the same adoption problems that Windows Vista.

However, if you do plan on upgrading, the process seems relatively simple. You chose your country and then fill out a pretty basic form that includes information about what kind of PC you purchased and where you bought it from.

Do you plan on signing up for the Windows 8 upgrade? Let us know in the comments.

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