Windows 8 pricing overview
Windows 8 has been officially released by Microsoft, and while it is too early to tell how big of an impact the operating system will make in the coming twelve months period, it is fair to say that Microsoft is doing what it can to promote the operating system. What may be a little bit confusing though is how much you have to pay to get a copy of Windows 8 because of the number of promotions that Microsoft is running.
This article tries to resolve confusion and provide you with the information you need to find out how much you will have to pay for a copy of the operating system.Below is the list of versions of Windows 8 that are currently offered as part of Microsoft's promotional efforts. All promotions run out on January 31, 2013 except where otherwise noted. The price for 32-bit and 64-bit editions is identical.
Windows 8 Upgrades
- from Windows XP, Vista or 7 to Windows 8 Pro: available as a download version for $39.99 or shipped as a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade DVD for $69.99. The upgrade is also available at retail shops and online shopping sites such as Amazon or Newegg. Please note that all Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 editions are eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. The version chaos is gone.
- from eligible Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro: if you have bought a qualifying PC with Windows 7 between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 you can purchase the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $14.99
- from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro: if you have bought a PC with Windows 8, the standard version of Windows, you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro Pack, which includes Windows 8 Pro and Windows Media Center Pack, for $69.99
Windows 8 Retail
- Microsoft Windows 8: available for $99.99 during the promotional period
- Microsoft Windows 8 Pro: available for $139.99 during the promotional period
You are probably also interested in how the pricing will change after the promotional period ends. Some offers won't be available anymore after that period.
Windows 8 Upgrades after January 31, 2013
- From old versions of Windows to Windows 8 Pro: the upgrade will cost $199.99 after the promotional period ends. That is roughly three times the price it costs during the promotion if you look at physical media, or five times the price of the download version.
- From old versions of Windows to Windows 8 (standard): the upgrade will cost $119.99 and will be available online and at retail.
- From Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro: this will retail for $99.99 after the promotional period.
- The Windows 8 Media Center Pack for Windows 8 Pro will cost $9.99
- The Windows 8 Pro Pack for Windows 8 will cost $99.99.
Windows 8 Retail after January 31, 2013
- Windows 8: available for $139.99 after January 31, 2013.
- Windows 8 Pro: available for $199.99 after the promotional period.
Here is something to consider if you are thinking about getting Windows 8 Pro during the promotional period. If you do not have an eligible old version of Windows available for the upgrade, or prefer not to upgrade your existing system to Windows 8, and do not want to pay the $139.99 for the Pro version of Windows 8, you can alternatively do the following: hop over to eBay or another shopping site and buy a full copy of Windows XP from there. Make sure it is legit and all before you buy. With that copy in your possession, you are now eligible to buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $39.99 so that you pay roughly $70 for XP and Windows 8 which is half the $139.99 that you would pay for the full version of Windows 8 Pro during the promotional period.Advertisement