Microsoft has unveiled its pricing scheme for the upgrade to its latest operating system, Windows 8. After its launch, anyone with a Windows 7 operating system, Windows Vista, or Windows XP, can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at a standard price of $39.99 in all major markets – 131 regions, according to Microsoft – one can also add Windows Media Center for free after installing the new operating system.
Its upgrade for $40 will be made through the site Windows.com, once we finish the process of buying the wizard will start downloading the upgrade, featuring a pause and resume functions in case we need the bandwidth for other tasks. The wizard will guide you step by step through the upgrade process, offering a complete compatibility report that will tell us what applications might not work under the new operating system. The update will allow us to keep updating our personal files, settings and applications if we are upgrading from Windows 7 , personal files and settings if we upgrade from Windows Vista, or only our personal files if you’re upgrading to Windows 8 from Windows XP, though of course we simply choose to delete everything and start from scratch.
The update consists only of a digital copy, but we also have the option to purchase a Windows 8 DVD for $15 additionally. However, once downloaded via the update wizard, we can also create an image file that we can burn to a DVD, if needed later. In stores, the “upgrade” version to Windows 8 will be available for a price of $69.99 (and its equivalents in other currencies) while the promotions continue in force until January 31, 2013. Failure to have a previous version of Windows on our system, one can purchase and install the “System Builder” version of Windows 8 Pro, at a yet undisclosed price. This is a good initiative from Microsoft, and a very kind gesture from the company to which version after version, its users updated their machine to obtain the advantages of its new Windows systems. An upgrade to a lower price than usual will improve the rate of adoption of Windows 8, which could cause little “problems” among the more traditional users because of the new Metro interface, which is not liked by everyone.
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