Microsoft opens the door for Windows 8 Pre-orders

Microsoft has officially kicked-off Windows 8 pre-order sales for those who want a retail packaged version of the platform. The offer, made available today, is a packaged DVD of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $69.99. You can find this deal right now on Amazon, Bestbuy, Staples, Office Depot, and of course, Microsoft stores.

The retail packaging, which is now official (and the image that you see above) has gone green as well. Microsoft states that they have moved the packaging to a paper based material and that it weighs 41% less than previous packaging that equates to an 80% reduction in greenhouse gases used to produce and deliver the product.

Of course, if you want to wait to place your order until October 26th, and you do not want physical disc, you can get the same Windows 8 upgrade online via Windows.com using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant for just $39.99 USD

In addition to being able to pre-order retail copies of Windows 8 today, you can also pre-order new PCs from any of the vendors who have already announced Windows 8 products.

Seeing as the official launch of Windows 8 is right around the corner, Microsoft is kicking off the pre-order party right on schedule. Although, we suspect that not many consumers will pre-order the retail copy seeing as the digital download will give you everything the retail product provides but at a much lower cost.

Source: Windows Blog

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On the previous versions of Windows you could make a clean install using an upgrade version, at same point of the installation you would be asked to put the CD of the previous version and the serial key.

I just don't know if it will work on Windows 8...

Even though I have a legit copy of W7 Home Premium I might as well buy the full version of Windows 8 for £75 and then sell W7 Home Premium as ill easily be able to get £50 for it so W8 will only cost me £25. Half the price of the upgrade which is £50

I am right thinking that with the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (£49.99), you have to install it over Windows 7 and can't do a clean install/format? Would you need to buy a retail/OEM version to do that?

Peewee210 said,
I am right thinking that with the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (£49.99), you have to install it over Windows 7 and can't do a clean install/format? Would you need to buy a retail/OEM version to do that?

Honestly I don't know if anyone has ever fully answered this question.

The question is, do I have to install the original OS I upgraded from, to get back to Windows 8 or will I just be able to provide a product key during the Windows 8 upgrade disc install to continue and install fresh from that disc..

Quick question guys. This is the first time I've ever upgraded to a newer windows version. Most of the time I buy a computer and the latest windows is already on it haha.

So I preordered the Windows 8 Professional for $69.99 (the upgrade version I believe it's called). Now I have an Alienware running Windows 7 at home. I was wondering if I bought the right thing. I didn't want to have to buy it and it ends up not working.

perrypetri said,
Quick question guys. This is the first time I've ever upgraded to a newer windows version. Most of the time I buy a computer and the latest windows is already on it haha.

So I preordered the Windows 8 Professional for $69.99 (the upgrade version I believe it's called). Now I have an Alienware running Windows 7 at home. I was wondering if I bought the right thing. I didn't want to have to buy it and it ends up not working.


I think you've just bought the retail disc. It's different from the upgrade. With that, although you can still upgrade, you can clean install or install it on another computer which did not qualify for the upgrade (Mac OSX, Linux builds, or Windows with another bit architecture)

Yes, the $69.99 offer is for a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade retail box that includes a physical disc and the ability to upgrade a Windows XP, Vista, or 7 PC. I am not sure about the ability to do a clean install like you could with Vista and 7 upgrade discs/keys.

Jose_49 said,

I think you've just bought the retail disc. It's different from the upgrade. With that, although you can still upgrade, you can clean install or install it on another computer which did not qualify for the upgrade (Mac OSX, Linux builds, or Windows with another bit architecture)

Where can I buy a pre-order the full version of Windows 8 then in Canada?

yep, £49.99 for pro upgrade DVD.

£77.49 and £109.99 for windows 8 and windows 8 pro OEM DVD's at ebuyer.

The OEM copies are just a few pounds more than windows 7 OEM dvds.

Me too, some questions:
a)I have a Win 7 pro 32bit Systembuilder version can I upgrade too Win 8 pro 64bit, or is a "upgrade" only possible for a full retail version of Win 7?
b)Is this a standalone upgrade for an empty new PC or it require a running win7?

In regards to your (b) question, I'm sure the $39.99 online upgrade requires you to be running a version of Windows that qualifies to be upgraded. I think the same is true for the $69.99 retail/box purchase as well that includes a physical disc. It doesn't appear (based on my understanding) that any of the tricks work like they did with Vista and 7 that allowed one to use upgrade media and a product key to do a clean install.

I wish they would just implement some simple mechanism to enter a Windows 7 product key (during Windows 8/Windows 9 installation) that you wish to upgrade and that Windows 7 license would be flagged as being activated/used as part of an upgrade. Of course, you could not turn around and use that Windows 7 product key for another installation on the same or another PC. Furthermore, a Windows 7 product key would not be able to be "passed around" without a problem arising in the process of upgrading or at least upon activation.

Edited by JayZJay, Oct 12 2012, 2:30pm :

Lastwebpage said,
Me too, some questions:
a)I have a Win 7 pro 32bit Systembuilder version can I upgrade too Win 8 pro 64bit, or is a "upgrade" only possible for a full retail version of Win 7?
b)Is this a standalone upgrade for an empty new PC or it require a running win7?

I also have a Win7 32bit install and want to go to Win8 Pro 64bit but I want to install it on my new ssd not the current C drive that's a normal HDD. I dunno if the upgrade version will let me pick where to install so I figure i'll be forced to buying a new system builder copy.

Any info on how the upgrade will work? I have a Windows 7 Home Premium license (came with my Dell) ... would that be upgradeable? Or this applies to non-OEM versions of Windows?

georgevella said,
Any info on how the upgrade will work? I have a Windows 7 Home Premium license (came with my Dell) ... would that be upgradeable? Or this applies to non-OEM versions of Windows?

Yes. You'll be eligible to the 40$ upgrade.

I don't recall the part about WMC being included for free with Microsoft's $39.99 online upgrade offer. Can anyone point me to the official blog post or other announcement confirming this?

will there be any special pre order deals on amzon uk like there was with the full retail versions
of windows 7? that low price of £47.99 was well worth it.

Gotenks98 said,
Anything on oem pricing? I am looking to buy like 5 copies of Windows 8 Pro for 2 laptops and 3 desktops.

Go to Newegg and search for Windows 8 OEM

Newegg is offering $10 instant off on all Win8 pre-orders for the next 72 hours. Saw it in the newsletter this morning. Good deal. Use code EMCJNJH82 (not sure if you have to be subbed to the newsletter for this code to work)

I get the newsletter, but hadn't noticed in my email yet. So, I just used the code you provided above and it works. I have a feeling the code works for anyone.

I got the email but I will go with the $39 price from Windows.com and just download the .ISO file and put it on a USB drive.

I am getting a physical copy, because I just feel like this is the last of it for Windows in terms of physical releases. It will be my memento.

Mr. Dee said,
I am getting a physical copy, because I just feel like this is the last of it for Windows in terms of physical releases. It will be my memento.

You could always download the ISO and burn it on a DVD... Physical disc.

SK[ said,]Will the download version eventually be available for pre-order or pre-purchase too?

Ummm.... seriously? When you pay for it on he 26th online you can download it right away, so why would you need to pre-order it.

xendrome said,

Ummm.... seriously? When you pay for it on he 26th online you can download it right away, so why would you need to pre-order it.

He's scared they'll run out of GBs