Windows 8 pricing revealed through Newegg

It looks like we are finally getting some solid, and seemingly official prices for Windows 8 thanks to online retailer Newegg, who are listing Microsoft's operating system currently for pre-order. Four packs have been listed by Newegg, two of which are upgrades and two of which are the OEM System Builder packages.

  • Windows 8 (Full Version) - $99.99
  • Windows 8 Professional (Full Version) - $139.99
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only) - $69.99
  • Windows 8 Professional Upgrade - $69.99

These prices are essentially unchanged from their Windows 7 counterparts, as the OEM versions of Windows 7 Home Premium and Windows 7 Professional currently retail for $99.99 and $139.99 respectively. It should be noted though that Windows 8 Pro has the same feature set as Windows 7 Ultimate, an SKU no longer offered in the Windows 8 line-up and priced at a more expensive $189.99; this makes Windows 8 Pro cheaper than previous OSes.

As for the upgrades, it's not surprising to see the Professional Upgrade listed for $69.99 as that's what Microsoft previously listed the promotional price to be for a boxed upgrade copy - for those wanting a downloadable copy it will only cost $39.99 until January 31, 2013. Newegg states that you are saving $30 on the Pro Pack and $130 on the Pro Upgrade, suggesting the Upgrade will cost $199.99 after the promotional period, which is more than a full OEM copy.

For Windows 8 there will be no full package retail product, with the three main options for installing the operating system either coming through a new PC, an upgrade copy from an older version of Windows, or a System Builder copy as listed on Newegg. The prices listed here also back up a previous report from ZDNet, which said the OEM products would start at just under $100, with the Pro version costing $20 to $40 more.

Additionally, Newegg's listing again confirmed the Windows 8 box art we saw on Amazon yesterday, which is further backed up by a post from Microsoft themselves. In this post, Microsoft also reveals that pre-orders for Windows 8 and Windows 8 PCs have officially begun, although they failed to officially announce the System Builder prices as listed by Newegg.

Via: ZDNet
Source: Newegg

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Anyone know if the upgrade ($39.99) would reset the activation to another PC (so I could use my Windows 7 info here) to generate a copy that would tie itself to a new set of hardware? Building a second desktop soon perhaps, used Windows 7 OEM on this one.

Michael Lacey said,
Anyone know if the upgrade ($39.99) would reset the activation to another PC (so I could use my Windows 7 info here) to generate a copy that would tie itself to a new set of hardware? Building a second desktop soon perhaps, used Windows 7 OEM on this one.

That depends on if you are asking what is possible or what is legal. Legally, when you buy an upgrade you still only have one license, but you are now able to run the newer version. The license has been “upgraded.”

If you build another computer that does not have a license for Windows. You can't legally install the Upgrade version of Windows, there is nothing to upgrade. You are better off waiting for the OEM licenses to go on sale and buy one from Tiger Direct.

As far as what is possible, once a system is activated, it will stay activated until a hardware change requires it to reactivate. Even if it does reactivate, I am about 90% sure Microsoft's license clearing house does not void old license keys after they are upgraded.

Edited by sphbecker, Oct 15 2012, 7:14pm :

Nashy said,
Baaahahaha. I'm not paying those ridiculous prices for a POS I don't enjoy using.

am i the only person thinking these are quite cheap?

BGM said,

am i the only person thinking these are quite cheap?

I thought the same things. These prices are way cheaper than XP or Vista. It still doesn't change the fact that I don't care :-)

Microsoft is making the $40 'promotion' a hassle. What is truly the difference between an MSDN ISO install with key and downloading the RP from May, installing it, then 'upgrading' to 8 Pro gold/final? You get the same result except use more bandwidth & take up more time having to RP install then upgrade. Hopefully they backpedal on this.

./edit - MS deletes your installed stuff. Keeps personal files but programs and settings are gone.

This is neat too:
Step 1: Use the Upgrade Assistant to qualify the PC and pay the $40. (can be done from RP of win 8 from May 31st I believe) Step 2: When the "Install Windows 8" message appears, select "Install by creating media" to create a bootable USB flash drive or an .iso (a disk image) file. Step 3: Wait for the Assistant to download the Windows 8 Pro installation package and create the bootable media or .iso file. The flash drive must have 3GB or more of free space available. Step 4: Burn the .iso file, if that's the path you chose, to a blank DVD. Step 5: Use that USB drive or DVD to boot the PC. Step 6: When you get to the screen in Setup that asks, "Which type of installation do you want?' choose "Custom." Step 7: Select a disk partition for the OS in the next screen. At this point, you can create a new partition if there's enough space available, or reformat the drive. Step 8: Continue with the installation of Windows 8 Pro.

Edited by srbeen, Oct 12 2012, 8:04pm :

srbeen said,
Microsoft is making the $40 'promotion' a hassle. What is truly the difference between an MSDN ISO install with key and downloading the RP from May, installing it, then 'upgrading' to 8 Pro gold/final? You get the same result except use more bandwidth & take up more time having to RP install then upgrade. Hopefully they backpedal on this.

./edit - MS deletes your installed stuff. Keeps personal files but programs and settings are gone.

This is neat too:
Step 1: Use the Upgrade Assistant to qualify the PC and pay the $40. (can be done from RP of win 8 from May 31st I believe) Step 2: When the "Install Windows 8" message appears, select "Install by creating media" to create a bootable USB flash drive or an .iso (a disk image) file. Step 3: Wait for the Assistant to download the Windows 8 Pro installation package and create the bootable media or .iso file. The flash drive must have 3GB or more of free space available. Step 4: Burn the .iso file, if that's the path you chose, to a blank DVD. Step 5: Use that USB drive or DVD to boot the PC. Step 6: When you get to the screen in Setup that asks, "Which type of installation do you want?' choose "Custom." Step 7: Select a disk partition for the OS in the next screen. At this point, you can create a new partition if there's enough space available, or reformat the drive. Step 8: Continue with the installation of Windows 8 Pro.

so you're telling me that it is in fact possible to do a clean installation on a blank HDD using the Upgrade version?

primexx said,

so you're telling me that it is in fact possible to do a clean installation on a blank HDD using the Upgrade version?

I sure hope I am... I found the instructions on a Win 8 promo site and they seem legit. A host of other Win 8 questions answered and confirmed.
My question is does it work on other systems than the one who generated the USB/ISO?? and does it need to 'see' windows on there before formatting?
If this works as I believe it does I think I'll be getting some $40 licenses.

I at first thought win 8RP had to be installed (remember expires Jan 31 2013) or a legit copy of a previous win version (wonder if win 7 30 day trial would work?) then you could upgrade from it.. If I can put a disc in or a USB stick in and select a custom formatted install - im game.

David Thomas said,
there wont be a SP 2 for window 7 its the end of the line

Microsoft move hints at the death of Windows service packs


http://www.computerworld.com/s...th_of_Windows_service_packs

MS wont do this, they would have the enterprise market up in arms, IT pro network install SPs (andSRPs) are a godsend when you dont want to have to wait/force WSUS to install service packs n patches to reformatted PCs, of course though, they supply iso downloads for slipstreamed media these days.

Mando said,

MS wont do this, they would have the enterprise market up in arms, IT pro network install SPs (andSRPs) are a godsend when you dont want to have to wait/force WSUS to install service packs n patches to reformatted PCs, of course though, they supply iso downloads for slipstreamed media these days.


I hope they won't do it. They would be shooting themselves in the foot.

Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only) - $69.99

What does it mean?

I want to buy FULL Pro version, key only, no dvd, which one do I need?

This is the most confusing naming ever.

Is this Pro Pack or Upgrade and what is a PACK??? Is this bulk pricing?

FoxieFoxie said,
Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only) - $69.99

What does it mean?

I want to buy FULL Pro version, key only, no dvd, which one do I need?

This is the most confusing naming ever.

Is this Pro Pack or Upgrade and what is a PACK??? Is this bulk pricing?

The Pro Pack upgrades your Windows 8 standard installation to Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro Upgrade upgrades Windows 7, Vista or XP to Windows 8.

You will most likely need to buy a System Builder pack ($139.99) and then simply not use the disc. Not sure if you can get just a digital-only key.

Scorpus said,

The Pro Pack upgrades your Windows 8 standard installation to Windows 8 Pro. Windows 8 Pro Upgrade upgrades Windows 7, Vista or XP to Windows 8.

But not really, because Windows 8 Pro doesn't come with Media Center, and the Pro Pack does.. so it's a little different... I still don't see how people who buy Pro right out of the gate don't get Media Center, but people that buy the Pro Pack, get it...

FoxieFoxie said,
Windows 8 Pro Pack (product key only) - $69.99

What does it mean?

I want to buy FULL Pro version, key only, no dvd, which one do I need?

This is the most confusing naming ever.

Is this Pro Pack or Upgrade and what is a PACK??? Is this bulk pricing?

If a product key is $70 then i must be hungry to eat it lol. $70 for a stupid key is outrageous and insane. If i buy a key, i need the lock included or i am just throwing my money down the drain.

Condere said,
Grabbing my popcorn, getting my favorite chair, and waiting for the "reviews" to start rolling in.

Grabbing my Win 8 and tossing it in the lake /sarcasm. Goodbye Winbloz 8. If i want touch features my hands will do it for you and touch you till you scream.

Please remember, these are full versions we are talking about. You can skip it and go for the $39.99 upgrade then create a system image after you upgrade. This will exempt the need to always reinstall the qualifying license. When you want to install the future, all you need to do is restore the system image.

No. Windows 8 Enterprise has same feature set as Ultimate, not Pro. And Enterprise is not available for purchase via retail.

MsftGaurav said,
No. Windows 8 Enterprise has same feature set as Ultimate, not Pro. And Enterprise is not available for purchase via retail.

Well Enterprise is only in KMS/MAK activation I believe, so yeah.

MsftGaurav said,
No. Windows 8 Enterprise has same feature set as Ultimate, not Pro. And Enterprise is not available for purchase via retail.

No, Pro will have the same as Win 7 Ultimate. Enterprise has additional stuff that hasn't been available in other versions, not even Windows 7 Enterprise. So, you're wrong.

So, little confused here.... If you have Windows 8 and want to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, you have to get the "Pro Pack" for $69.99?

But the Pro Pack says it comes with:
Encrypt your data with BitLocker
Connect to company networks with Domain Join
Virtualize with Client Hyper-V
Windows Media Center

Problem is, I already have Windows 8 Pro, and it has all of that if I am not mistaken, except Windows Media Center....

Which I am curious on the cost of just WMC as well..

So it looks like if you have Standard Windows 8, and buy the pro pack you get WMC.. but if you decided to just go with Pro from the start, you don't get WMC and have to pay more... this seems a bit weird no?

It's free for all pro users till January 2013.

xendrome said,
So, little confused here.... If you have Windows 8 and want to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, you have to get the "Pro Pack" for $69.99?

But the Pro Pack says it comes with:
Encrypt your data with BitLocker
Connect to company networks with Domain Join
Virtualize with Client Hyper-V
Windows Media Center

Problem is, I already have Windows 8 Pro, and it has all of that if I am not mistaken, except Windows Media Center....

Which I am curious on the cost of just WMC as well..

So it looks like if you have Standard Windows 8, and buy the pro pack you get WMC.. but if you decided to just go with Pro from the start, you don't get WMC and have to pay more... this seems a bit weird no?

Kehinde Akinremi said,
It's free for all pro users till January 2013.

It doesn't matter because the same pricing still applies after January 2013, so the confusion still stands..

I bought a new laptop this summer, so I am "eligible" for the cheap upgrade, I'll get it, and toss it on the shelf. Until I get a TOUCH SCREEN, why bother. For MY use, win7 works perfect. For others, or buying a new computer, might as well get win8.
I have it running on a VM on both the laptop & home computer, but have turned off the UI and use the "old" start menu version.

$99 is too much.... not gonna get it. Win7 runs fine and there is no reason for me to go to 8 when give it a few months and SP2 for Win7 will release with some of Win8's features in it.

sava700 said,
$99 is too much.... not gonna get it. Win7 runs fine and there is no reason for me to go to 8 when give it a few months and SP2 for Win7 will release with some of Win8's features in it.

I think you can be sure that if Windows 7 gets an SP2 that it will contain security patches and fixes only, and won't have any of Windows 8's features...

sava700 said,
$99 is too much.... not gonna get it. Win7 runs fine and there is no reason for me to go to 8 when give it a few months and SP2 for Win7 will release with some of Win8's features in it.

If you are using Windows 7 you can upgrade for $39.99 not $99.99

Some... Not many of the features will be ported backwards I'd guess. Also $99 is nothing if you think how much daily use the OS gets. But hey, if you have no need, then no worries.

sava700 said,
$99 is too much.... not gonna get it. Win7 runs fine and there is no reason for me to go to 8 when give it a few months and SP2 for Win7 will release with some of Win8's features in it.

Software is always expensive when it first comes out. Just remember you can also download it for 39.99. But personally, I'm with you. I'll wait.

Tyler R. said,

Software is always expensive when it first comes out. Just remember you can also download it for 39.99. But personally, I'm with you. I'll wait.


wait for what, Jan 31 2013 when upgrade cost will go up from 40$? if it's about 7 SP2, it's extremely naive to assume that it will get any features from Windows 8.

Timble said,

I think you can be sure that if Windows 7 gets an SP2 that it will contain security patches and fixes only, and won't have any of Windows 8's features...


small price to pay if it means we deffo wont get Metro forced on us. ill personally wait for Windows 8s replacement, hopefully MS will have realised by then its a pig in a poke and make a proper w7 replacement.

Timble said,

I think you can be sure that if Windows 7 gets an SP2 that it will contain security patches and fixes only, and won't have any of Windows 8's features...

No way, are you serious? are they could put Metro Start to Win 7? why would they do that?