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Windows 8 Pro available to basically everyone for $40

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Initial post: Jul 2, 2012 3:32:33 PM PDT
Jon says:

"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 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.

The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will provide a detailed compatibility report that lets you know of anything you may have to address before or after the upgrade and outlines actions to take.

It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues. It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files. Of course, if you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along. Or if you prefer to format your hard drive as part of your upgrade experience, you can do so as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it.

Once you purchase your upgrade, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant kicks off your download. It has a built-in download manager that allows you to pause and continue your download at any time as well as a check to ensure your download completes successfully.

After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade ("Install now") or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.

We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows. We've continued to listen to our customers and have expanded the ability to download to over 100 countries and 37 languages. We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks - it's seamless. And if you're an enthusiast you will have the flexibility to download and control how you upgrade.

If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.

We wanted to share information about this upgrade promotion with you as we continue to drive toward the RTM milestone for Windows 8. We will of course have more to say and more details to provide closer to general availability.

Oh, and by the way - if you're not upgrading from a prior version of Windows and are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition, you will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product.

Kind of hard to pass when its only going to be $40.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 3:41:56 PM PDT
I wonder what kind of price people with .edu email addresses can get. I mean, we could get Windows 7 for $30 when it came out.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:48:07 PM PDT
M. Ogre says:
Wow. Thanks. Good info. I wonder what improvements W-8 has over 7?

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 3:48:41 PM PDT
got mayo?™ says:
No bad. Curious how this will affect the the upcoming games on PC , if at all. Win 8 looks more cosmetic than anything.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:50:47 PM PDT
I know that at least some of Microsoft's upcoming games will be asynschronous meaning that you could play Skulls of the Shogun on Xbox 360 and pick up where you left off on a Windows 8 phone, Win-8 tablet or PC.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:52:26 PM PDT
M. Ogre says:
Regardless, I'm not going to be an early adopter. Which is another term for Beta-tester. Let them unleash it on the public for 6 months, I'll see what the feedback is.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:53:35 PM PDT
And I'm sure it'll be over $100 if you aren't "upgrading." Why the hell is Windows OS so expensive?

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 3:54:45 PM PDT
Anthony says:
i think i'm going to stick with Windows 7. for all we know, Windows 8 might be another Vista.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:55:58 PM PDT
Jon says:
There should be a ctrl-z for OS updates.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 3:56:16 PM PDT
Note that by default, Win 8 does not include DVD playback in Media Player anymore. That's why they're promoting a free upgrade to the paid version of that.

Frankly I don't see much need to upgrade to Win 8. The non-cosmetic features I might care about are the native USB3 support and the RAID/JBOD thing you can do. But frankly, it's nothing you can't do in Win 7 already.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:57:51 PM PDT
Jumping on a new OS or piece of hardware on release is always a bad idea, but never so much a bad idea as when the product is made by Microsoft.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 3:58:58 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 4:03:20 PM PDT
got mayo?™ says:
I meant more in terms of OS compatability/requirement standpoint. Are newer games shipping with Win 8 listed ?

Most things about Win 8 look like a marked improvement: shorter boot times, faster audio/vid transcoding, improved PCMark7/ 3D Mark/ Cinebench scores...but my only concerns atm are dropped frames in games scenario appear worse than in Win 7...though they could be attributed to graphics driver issues as this was a benchmark a few months ago...Nvidia just recently released Win 8 certification in their last driver....but i have my reservations until more feedback is out there.

I'm just hessitant to make the move until i get feedback from the pc gaming community. May have to wait it out closer to that deadline.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 4:00:11 PM PDT
R. Nickerson says:
Just to play devil's advocate - try using your computer without Windows. You can, for sure as there are a number of good linux distros that people can install for free but how would that change your PC experience. For most people they'd largely be stuck out in the cold, trying to figure out how to obtain, install and configure unfamiliar software in an unfamiliar environment just so they can perform their everyday computer tasks. The Windows OS provides (relatively) simple acces to almost all software created for computers, to me that makes it worth $100-200 easy.

That said, I pretty much use a Mac for everything except gaming, so... :-)

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 4:12:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 4:12:27 PM PDT
"Microsoft requires that Windows 8 PCs support no-reboot upgrade of graphic card drivers"

Gamer's paradise? We'll see...

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 4:24:55 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 4:26:26 PM PDT
Movie Monkey says:
I have a couple buddies who have Windows 8 already (developers) and it looks pretty awesome. I switched to Mac about 3 years ago, but if this stays as cool as it looks, and as fast as it is, I might buy a PC just to have it. The Windows 8 phone looks great too.

I have to say, Microsoft is making some pretty bold, but awesome moves with their UI's. They are honestly making me think about my next phone and computer. I have an iPhone and Mac right now, but the Windows 8 phone and PC combo looks pretty sweet.

Forgive me Android lovers, but I had an Android for a while and had more bugs and issues then any PC I've ever owned. Never going back to that.

EDIT: For the record, I won't be an early adopter, and will definitely wait to see if what I've seen on my friends computers, and what they've stated actually comes to fruition with no major hiccups.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 4:35:12 PM PDT
I use Mac for everything including gaming.

Well, what little gaming I do on a personal computer, anyway.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 4:37:01 PM PDT
Anthony says:
I kept using XP until Windows 7 was already out for quite awhile. my dad still uses XP on his pc. he was offered Vista a year or two ago for free and asked my opinion. I told him to turn it down and keep XP, lol.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 7:20:38 PM PDT
You do have to hand it to M$, really upping their game and trying to hang with the times.
A lot of big companies have horrible problems adapting.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 7:55:17 PM PDT
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In reply to an earlier post on Jul 2, 2012 8:09:25 PM PDT
"you shouldn't be using Windows."

That's some of the bet advice I've ever seen on the VGF.

Posted on Jul 2, 2012 8:13:54 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 2, 2012 8:15:42 PM PDT
I heard about this earlier today. This is a Great move for MSFT. I have the Consumer Preview of Windows 8 on my laptop and I love Win 8. Not having a Start Button has not effected me one bit. I am looking forward to seeing how MSFT Incorporates/Syncs their devices using Win 8. I already have a PC & Xbox 360 and will be getting a Surface Pro when they are released. I have an upgrade in September with Sprint for my Photon and right now I am looking at the SGS III, HTC EVO ONE LTE & Win 8 Phone. I may get the Win 8 phone to have all my devices Sync easily with one another.

BTW - I have NO ISSUES using a Mouse/KB on Win 8. It does not slow me down one bit. People who are saying this are falsely reporting it.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 1:07:19 AM PDT
Pick 34 says:
This could be the dumbest question, but Ive never updated windows before. If I updated to windows 8 will office, word...ect still work, or will I have to buy an upgrade of any kind?

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 3, 2012 1:15:22 AM PDT
Depends which version of Windows and Office you currently have. E.g., upgrading from Win XP to Win 8 requires a complete reinstall so you'd need to reinstall all of your applications from scratch, including Office. If you have a very old version of Office, like Office 97, it might not work on 8 either.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 4:59:35 AM PDT
Finger says:
This sounds like pretty good news. Upgrading in the past has always been so expensive, and often a pain in the neck. I'd still love to know what the options/prices for system builders will be, but this sounds great so far.

Posted on Jul 3, 2012 5:13:07 AM PDT
As a general rule, I won't upgrade my OS until the 1st SP releases AND i've used it enough to be comfortable that what I use my computer for benefits from the upgrade. Your computer lives and dies by it's OS, it's what all of your software uses as its foundation. Also, please keep this in mind. Once you upgrade your OS, it's practically impossible to revert unless you have a ghost of your previous HD.
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