Microsoft has detailed the Windows 8 upgrade price, which costs just $39.99, with Windows Media available for free after installation.
Expected upgrading to Windows 8 to be cheap? Well, it is: costing just $39.99
The cost of Windows 8 has been elusive for a while, despite leaked upgrade details that were apparently sent to OEMs, but Microsoft has made the official announcement: it costs $39.99, and covers upgrading to Windows 8 Pro.
PCs running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 qualify for the upgrade – we covered what does and doesn’t transfer over from each operating system yesterday -, and Microsoft claims that covers 131 markets. Post-upgrade, Windows Media Center can be selected through the add features options. For free.
The upgrade is done through Windows.com where there is a Windows Upgrade Assistant which walks users through the virtual process and also identifies any issues they might have. That’s probably going to be if the PC doesn’t meet the requirements to run the operating system, though if you’re running Windows Vista or 7, you should be fine, and apps and/or device incompatibility issues.
Bargain Price For Premium OS
Users will be able to choose whether to do a fresh install, format the hard drive after beginning the Windows 8 installation and booting from the media, or bring settings over from the previous version of Windows. As you move down towards XP, what you bring over becomes less ending with just personal files coming to Windows 8 from Windows XP. To be honest the operating system is over a decade old at this point, so I have little sympathy with people who complain about information not being carried over. There have been two version of Windows to upgrade to since.
Of course there are options to install from an .ISO or USB stick, or a DVD. There will be a backup DVD available for $15, including shipping. A retail version of Windows Pro will be available for $69.99. The upgrade offer ends January 31, 2013.
The move to digitally downloading an operating system and installing immediately after was done by Apple with OS X Lion, which took about an hour for me. And when Microsoft is offering a low price, it becomes a no-brainer.