You can not get an upgrade for any magazine that has previously been issued no less a reprint or even a addendum, with or without a subscription.
Yes you can...to labour the point the February edition of the magazine is an 'update' of the January Edition.
But ignore that.
It is NOT the fault of Stardock that a program designed for Vista will not work on a later OS such as 8. For that you are obliged to blame Microsoft.
If you subscribe throughout the 'reign' of Vista the Stardock products released/you receive will be designed for/work for - Vista.
When you STOP subscribing you still have those programs - FOR VISTA.
You do not/will not have programs designed for an OS that has yet to be created AFTER your subscription ended.
The SINGLE INTENT of a subscription process such as Object Desktop is to maintain CURRENCY between your purchased product/s and your OS that you are running.
Example.... my subscription probably started around Windows 98. It is still current [obviously] and now provides functionality for my current OS uses [plural], namely 7 and 10.
Does that mean those old programs for 98 are unavailable? No....I have them in backup and can still use them if I ever felt a need to run 98 again.
Microsoft's inherent NEED to reinvent itself constantly when it comes to its OS means that the Object Desktop subscription process is the best solution for users to maintain currency [keep up with MS].
Just to push the point, I've been forced on 2 occasions to abandon my AV subscriptions simply to keep up with changes to my choice of OS when both companies were simply too slow with their compatibility to keep up with my need to be on a new OS. If I'd simply stayed with the current OS and AV I would have saved quite a bit of money.