How do I get Windows 8 and how much does it cost?
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 just $39.99 (£25).
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 £25. 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 £49.99 throughout the promotion.
The Windows 8 upgrade offer will run until 31 January 2013.
Buy Windows 8 from the Microsoft Store
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.
Want a Surface too?
Prior to 26 October if you want Microsoft's new tablet - Surface - you can place a preorder at the UK Microsoft Store. Following the launch of Windows 8 you can use the same link to pick one up (provided Microsoft still have stock!)
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Windows 8 is tailored for smartphones and tablets for amateur users, the main serious computer user has been well and truly spit on.
The fact of being a computer technician and the reduced pre order price is the only reason i will be ordering a copy for testing purposes.
But I will not be using it as my own operating system.
These constant upgrades are like a Stealth Tax, Granted £50 quid may seem cheap to a billionaire but not to us pensioners. I started with windows 5 and as a wwweb and general computer enthusiast I have bought every subsequent up grade. These days however they seem to be coming thick and fast and at even shorter intervals, I would love to say no more I'm not buying this one, but I know and suspect Microsoft are aware people like myself will be constantly wondering what they're missing, so in the end we will cough up once again, giving Bill and the misses more money for "good causes" HA ! don't make me laugh ! Can't even say I'll go to Apple Bill has a questionable 45/50% of the worlds Biggest Corp in his back pocket. Rockefeller with all his un taxable "institutions" got nowt on this modern mogul.
Its £24.99 on release day download direct only. If U want dvd and box its gonna set U back £49.99.
If U buy a pc, laptop, tablet with windows now U can upgrade to win 8pro for £14.99.
These R ur options the writer is right but did not explain clearly the options.
So my advice is wait till Oct 26 and direct download for £24.99 make ur own usb or dvd.
Or if ur installing on multiple machines and not sure about making ur own disk buy one at £49.99 with disk and buy the rest at £24.99 online and use the one disk to install multiple times using different product keys per machine.
STICK WITH 7. Used pre-release version of 8 for 6 months and it was crap. No good for use on a pc.
7 does a great job and you don't need to fix what doesn't need fixed!!!!
Upgrading to Windows 8 on my laptop has been a big disappointment & expensive mistake. It is only for tablet computers. I would rather have vista over this pile of carp!
if you get windows 8 you will be a guenea pig for the next 2 years finding it's faults for microsoft to eventualy iron out.
Maybe then I will get a copy. Maybe not.
WIndows 7 works fine and if it ain't broke, don't fix it!
This article however is in my opinion, aimed at those of us who already have a Windows XP, Vista or 7 pc bought before Windows 8 was offered as an upgrade on our current PC's.
Those who want to upgrade OS rather than buy a new PC to get a discounted Windows 8 upgrade, or a PC with Windows 8 preinstalled can now obtain Windows 8 Pro for as little as £25 (approx) or Windows 8 (base) would be cheaper one would expect.
I'll stick with vista after using the preview version for a couple of months on my secondary PC I found the interface to be cumbersome, ill laid out and just a pain in the backside.
This is the advantage of having 2 computers I can evaluate new Operating systems on the "nd system which Is mainly used for photo editing and music downloads while everything else is on my primary system.