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Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Price

Aggressive promotion lets XP, Vista, and Windows 7 users make a low-cost jump to Windows 8 Professional.

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In a summer blockbuster announcement, Microsoft on Monday raised the curtain on an upgrade program that will let PC users upgrade their systems to Windows 8 Pro for about the cost of a couple of movie tickets and some popcorn.

Users of Windows XP, Windows 7, or Windows Vista will be able to purchase and download Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99, a Microsoft spokesman said. "We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8," said the spokesman.

The program, which starts with Windows 8's general availability later this year and runs through January 31, 2013, also lets users install Windows Media Center for free once they've completed the upgrade.

Microsoft is encouraging users to upgrade online with the help of its Web-based Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant tool. "We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience," said Microsoft's spokesman. For those uncomfortable with that process, the company is offering an upgrade DVD through retail stores, but it's priced at $69.99.

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The upgrade experience will differ depending on which version of Windows users are currently running. Windows 7 to Windows 8 offers the most seamless upgrade, as users' settings, personal files, and apps will remain intact. From Windows Vista, settings and personal files are preserved, and from XP, only personal files will make the jump, although apps can be reinstalled after the upgrade is complete (assuming users still have installation media and authentication codes).

The program is noteworthy as it will make it considerably less expensive for XP and Vista users to upgrade to Windows 8 compared to Windows 7. The price for a Windows 7 upgrade DVD is currently $199 when purchased through Microsoft's online store.

Microsoft's push to get users onto Windows 8 isn't surprising. The OS represents the biggest break with previous versions since the debut of Windows 95, which introduced the Start button, Task Bar, and other Windows staples. Windows 8 replaces the Start screen with Live Tiles, part of Microsoft's new Metro interface. Microsoft is counting on Metro to give its products a consistent look and feel across smartphones, tablets, and PCs.

The upgrade program will be available in 131 markets, including the U.S. Microsoft has yet to announce a formal shipping date for Windows 8, but it's expected to be available in the fall.

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User Rank: Apprentice
8/2/2012 | 2:36:31 AM
re: Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Price
Well Tater, a person could always install an encrypted data vault on their PC and store their personal files in it. I don't think Microsoft is going to take the time to try and guess the password or break the encryption?
User Rank: Apprentice
7/5/2012 | 6:07:20 PM
re: Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Price
I doubt you will have any problems upgrading to Win8 on a three year old Dell. I've put Windows 7 on 10 year old Dells. However, if you are currently on Vista, you will have to reload your application software once you have upgraded to Win8. It's even easier if you are on Windows 7 right now because you can do an in place upgrade and all your programs, settings, and files will already be ready for you.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/5/2012 | 4:26:41 PM
re: Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Price
Please upgrade online. Less chance of a disk falling into the wrong hands and being copied 10k times in a foreign market where we don't get paid. Oh by the way, we'll just have a look around your computer while we are know, real friendly see if you have things you shouldn't. My my, a student-teacher edition on a work computer. Flag that. Look at all those music/video/picture files. Flag those. Please let us collect ongoing user data to help us improve your "software expereience" - Hahahaha!

Props to Ron White, but the damn sign-up screen won't let you proceed without some entry *it* considers valid. Smart system with a yellow helmet.
User Rank: Apprentice
7/4/2012 | 2:51:56 AM
re: Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Price
This seems like a good incentive to switch. I am concerned that my 3yo Dell would not be compatible and that I might have to download/reinstalla number of programs like QuickBooks,Adobe Reader,etc,and then find them uncompatible with W8. What can you tell me about this?
User Rank: Apprentice
7/3/2012 | 7:08:46 PM
re: Microsoft Reveals Windows 8 Upgrade Price
At $40 a pop all my machines are going. I have been using 8 since the first preview and cant imagine why I would want to move the machines I have on 8 back and cannot wait to move the others up.
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