03/07/2012 16:00 | By Matt Farrington-Smith, editor, MSN Tech & Gadgets

Microsoft to offer Windows 8 upgrade for just $39.99

Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 users will be able to upgrade online for a special price.



Microsoft have said that existing Windows users can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 (£25) later this year.

Microsoft to offer Windows 8 upgrade for just $39.99. Image MSN


Bargain

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. This offer will be available across the world in 131 markets.

Upon visiting Windows.com users can purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

Once Windows 8 has been downloaded users will be able to create their own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. There is also the option to purchase a backup DVD for $15 (about £9.50) plus shipping and handling.

A fully-packaged DVD version of Windows 8 Pro will also be available for $69.99 (£45) throughout the promotion.

The Windows 8 upgrade offer will run until 31 January 2013.


Prices for system builders

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 instead.


Get Windows Media Center for free

After upgrading to Windows 8 you will be able to add Windows Media Center for free through the "add features" option in Windows.



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