Introducing the Windows 8 Challenge

October 22, 2012 by . 8 comments

Win8Challenge: Ask, Answer, Win

October 26th is coming fast. Are you ready for Windows 8? Super User is!

We’re having a party and you’re invited. Ask and answer questions to complete the challenge levels, and complete different tasks like editing, voting, and blogging to win the eight tile challenges. Each level you beat and each tile you finish enters you for sweet prizes, including the grand prize of a Microsoft Surface RT!

To increase your chances of success…

Before you jump in though, make sure you’re asking good questions, and make sure your question hasn’t already been answered. Use the built-in search, or your favorite search engine. When writing answers, leave a full answer (no bare links!), make sure to cite any resources you use, and use the Markdown formatting to make your post beautiful.

If you’re new here, please read our How to Ask page and the FAQ in its entirety before you begin. Earning the Analytical badge (awarded for reading all sections of the FAQ) is required to win any prizes. And remember, questions that are closed and answers that are deleted don’t count towards the contest.

 But wait! I don’t have Windows 8 yet…

That’s OK! If you want to get started now, you can still:

  • Download the release preview (beware that it expires January, and has some differences from the final release)
  • Install a 90 day evaluation copy of Windows 8 Enterprise (this cannot be directly upgraded to Windows 8 standard or Pro, so consider installing in a VM or a machine you can reinstall later)
  • Preorder Windows 8 Pro
  • Wait until October 26th, at which point you can upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 to Windows 8 Pro for $40 through the built-in upgrade system

Microsoft Surface RT

Good luck!

We hope you enjoy our contest, and that you keep coming back for your future Windows 8 questions. If you have any questions, drop a comment or come visit our chat room. Good luck!

Note: for contest details and full rules, visit “Windows” is a trademark of Microsoft.  This site is not affiliated with or endorsed by Microsoft in any way.    

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  • aaamos says:

    I’m sorry, but whom did Microsoft bribe to get Win8 not only on this blog but also like an intrusive ad banner on the site?!? I can’t speak for other users, but I don’t think that’s right.

  • Peter says:

    One way to participate is to vote 25 time on a Win8 post. Won’t this lead to votes all over the place, even for low-quality posts? I have the feeling this happened for this post: (which isn’t even a question).

    • avirk says:

      @Peter you can downvote too, its not only about upvote on posts which could be a question/answer. For downvote on a question you will not lose any any reputation of yours, but for downvote on an answer you will lose 1 rep point.

  • Root says:

    Why is it taking so much time to announce the winners?

    • nhinkle says:

      Because it took a long time to find and suspend all of the cheaters like you, who used multiple accounts to artificially increase their chances.

  • rajat says:

    When should be expect the results ? , it’s been 3-4 days already since this thing got over .

  • Mike Brown says:

    LMAO @nhinkle’s response to Root.

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