It's the final day (for most people) to get cheap Windows 8 upgrades

If you haven't bought your Windows 8 upgrade to your older Windows PC yet, today might be the day to do so. You have just a few hours to get the downloadable upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 for people who have a Windows XP, Vista and 7 PC. People who bought a new Windows 7 PC between June 2nd and today also have just a few hours to get an even cheaper upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99.

Starting on February 1st, the Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available via download and at retail stores for $199.99. The regular Windows 8 upgrade edition will be priced at $119.99, while the Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99. Finally, the optional Windows 8 Media Center Pack, which can be downloaded for at the moment, will cost $9.99 starting on Friday.

We contacted Microsoft to ask exactly what time the prices would go up for the Windows 8 upgrades and were told it would happen at 2 am Pacific Time on Friday. However, it's not clear if that's worldwide or just for the US market.

As we also reported this week, qualified college students in the US will be able to get an upgrade to Windows 8 for $69.99. The offer will be extended to college students in other countries around the world over the next several weeks.

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