Windows 8 Upgrade and Pricing Details
We’ve covered in the past that Microsoft is giving customers a discount to upgrade their new PCs to Windows 8, but now we have all of the details. Anyone who purchases a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 is eligible to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $14.99! To get the upgrade you’ll need to register for it at the Windows Upgrade Offer site as this is an online-only promotion. Customers can register through February 28, 2013. You can register now, but you won’t get access to the upgrade until October 26th, 2012 which is the General Availability release date for Windows 8.
If you weren’t convinced that this was a great deal then maybe seeing the leaked prices for Windows 8 will help to sway your opinion. The Verge is reporting that until the end of January you’ll be able to purchase a full copy of Windows 8 Pro for $69.99. After that promotional period ends the price will go up to $199. If your next computer ships with the base SKU of Windows 8, simply called Windows 8, then you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99 until January 31, 2013 also. The price for the upgrade will then change to $99.99. If however you are currently running Windows XP SP2, Vista, or Windows 7 you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for only $39.99. This upgrade offer also expires at the end of January.
We’ve long wondered if Microsoft was planning to push Windows 8 Pro as the primary SKU for their next OS. This pricing leak and upgrade offer only add to that speculation. If so, that would mean that it will be cheaper than originally suspected for most common home users to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.