Finally, Microsoft Windows has reached a price point users have always demanded. Current Windows users will now be able to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Professional for $39.99 on machines running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Traditionally, Windows upgrades have costed upwards of $100. So will the new price convince users running Windows 7 to make the leap to the metro-style GUI when Windows 7 was so recently touted as the best version of Windows ever created? Maybe. The promotion should, at least, convince many users still clinging to Windows XP and Windows Vista to move to the modern Operating System.
Downloading The Windows 8 Upgrade
When the upgrade becomes available, users will be able to visit Windows.com and purchase it. The Upgrade Assistant will make upgrading simple by walking you through the process step-by-step from purchase to download and installation. Users will also have the ability to order a hardcopy backup DVD for an additional $15, plus shipping and handling.
Once downloaded, you will be able to install the upgrade immediately or create a bootable .ISO image that can be run from a DVD or USB drive.
Note: In order to upgrade to Windows 8, Windows XP or later must already be on that machine.
Prior to purchase and download, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistance will do checks to ensure you have compatible hardware and an Operating System that is eligible for the upgrade.
Windows 8 Upgrade Concluded
If you prefer to go old-school, you can still pick up a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at your local brick and mortar shop for $69.99 during this promotion, which runs through January 31st, 2013. In our experience, people either really like the new Metro interface or really hate it. At this price point, users should consider giving it a try. But if you’re still not sure, you can try running the Windows 8 Release Preview, which is as close to the RTM as you’ll get. You can also read more about the planned Windows 8 promotion here.
While it’s disappointing that this is only a promotion, the majority of people planning on upgrading will likely do so within the first couple of months following its release, so I suppose it’s better than nothing. In contrast, the Mac OS X Mountain Lion Upgrade this year will only cost Mac users $19.99. It’s a step in the right direction, though. If this promo release is a success, maybe we can count on similar discounts from Microsoft in the future.
Let us know how you feel about this promotion and whether or not you’re planning on upgrading to Windows 8 specifically due to this price point, or if you were going to do it regardless of the cost.