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Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 Windows Blog


We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.


When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.


According to WindowsSecrets Newsletter:


The good news is that setting up and exploring Windows 8 is relatively cheap and easy. You can buy five upgrade licenses for $40. The official site states that you can upgrade from XP, Vista, or Win7.


Being a bit short on working PCs at the moment, my Windows 8 test system is running as a virtual machine within Oracle’s free VirtualBox (site). It was easy to install and works great. Plus it has no effect on my working Windows 7 system. If you need help installing your own copy, read Fred Langa’s Top Story, “Step by step: How to safely test-drive Win8.”


BOLD emphasis mine.


At that price it would be great to get the upgrade and play around with one of the licenses in VirtualBox.

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Guest LilBambi

Excellent! Thanks Corrine! Was just coming in to post that! :thumbsup:


A couple things to note:


1. Although you can get up to 5 licenses, it means that you can buy up to 5 licenses at the $39.99 each. Just in case it was not clear.


2. You can still get the 64-bit version as long as you do the download from a 64-bit computer.


See Ed Bott's Part 1 that Corrine posted for the details on all of this. He even goes into who qualifies for the $14.99 upgrade.


Thanks Ed!

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Everyone here knows I'm not much of a Windows fan, but for $40 I figured it is worth it just to keep up to date with what's going on. Of course the first thing I did was to install a third party replacement for the Start button.


It pretty much took all morning to install it on a laptop running Win7 Home Premium. Now that I have it running, I'll have to spend time figuring out how to customize the Start Page. I don't use half the things they have as defaults. I only take pictures once in while to sell something on craigslist or ebay. My idea of social networking is here at Scot's and I don't use the laptop for music or videos. Could care less about the Dow or the weather around the world, don't use Bing or MS's maps and don't want MS controlling my mail. And without a touchscreen, Metro doesn't make a whole lot of sense anyway.


Well, now that I've finished bellyaching, I guess I'll go play with it for a while. :whistling:

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