Windows 8 Pro upgrade to cost $39.99 until January 31, 2013

Microsoft has just announced that it will sell Windows 8 Upgrades, for all versions of Windows Xp and above for $39.99. This deliciously low upgrade price will certainly tempt the masses as the price is low enough to be an impulse purchase and creates a low barrier of entry.

When you use Windows.com to purchase your upgrade, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will walk you through the steps needed to update your machine. After this install completes, you will also be given the option to install Windows Media Center, which is a free add-on.

The application will run its usual checks to alert you of applications or settings that may cause issues after the upgrade, all common practice for Windows upgrades. After all of the checks are complete, the upgrade assistant will download the copy of Windows 8 with its built in download manager.

If digital downloads are not your cup of tea, Microsoft will make a retail version available too. To purchase the physical DVD, the upgrade cost will be $69.99.

To note, this is a promotional price that will run until January 31, 2013. If you want to get the cheap upgrade price, you best act quickly and Microsoft has not said what the cost will be after January 31, 2013.

Source: Microsoft

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I'm currently running Windows 8 only. But after using it for weeks now, I regret having installed it. The ONLY reason Microsoft has this discounted price is because they know people will not switch to it.

Yeah Windows 8 is faster booting up. But from my experience it appears to be due to the fact they removed most of the default drivers that normally come with Windows. Lots of your hardware will not correctly work with it.

Its a huge hassle having to jump between the desktop and the Metro interface, constantly. And your always having to hunt for everything. This is going to be a bigger flop than WindowsME ever was.

jd100 said,
I'm currently running Windows 8 only. But after using it for weeks now, I regret having installed it. The ONLY reason Microsoft has this discounted price is because they know people will not switch to it.

Yeah Windows 8 is faster booting up. But from my experience it appears to be due to the fact they removed most of the default drivers that normally come with Windows. Lots of your hardware will not correctly work with it.

Its a huge hassle having to jump between the desktop and the Metro interface, constantly. And your always having to hunt for everything. This is going to be a bigger flop than WindowsME ever was.

Other than GPUs (that do require new drivers due to a driver-model change), name common hardware that doesn't support use with even Windows 7's drivers.

I have some rather old (as far back as XP old) hardware that Windows 8 RP supports (either directly or by using Windows 7 drivers).

My own ancient-but-supported list -

Creative SoundBlaster XtremeGamer low-profile - dates back to XP's Service Pack 2; drivers never included with any version of Windows - uses Windows 7 drivers downloadable from Creative Support.
HP Deskjet 940C - supported directly by Windows XP and later, including Windows 8.
Logitech Communicate STX - detected automatically by Windows Vista and later and auto-installs Logitech driver (provided by Logitech to Microsoft). Updated Windows 7/8 driver and software available online from Logitech.
Microsoft Wireless Keyboard 6000 V.3 - automatically detected by Windows Vista and later; supported by Windows 8-specific Microsoft Hardware Center (beta) available via Microsoft's Hardware page.
Logitech V220 Cordless Mouse - ironically, detected as Microsoft Wireless Laser Mouse 6000 by all versions of Windows; can use IntelliPoint 8.2 and Microsoft Hardware Center (beta) for Windows 8.

Also, in case you haven't noticed my own posts, other than games, I run *one* WinRT app (AccuWeather.com) - that runs entirely in the background. Otherwise, I run desktop (and Win32) applications and utilities (or those included with the OS). That is *entirely* due to poor app quality - AccuWeather is the exception, and why it replaced AWS WeatherBug.

That's not a bad price at all, but I don't think I'll buy it for my desktop, but just for my Fujitsu Core 2 drawing tablet Windows 7 rules on the desktop, alongside Linux Mint

Anyone know if they'll allow to upgrade from an upgrade? Going from Windows 7 upgrade to Windows 8 upgrade.

You can only upgrade if you bought a PC with an OEM copy installed, if like most of us, you bought Win7 and built your own machine you are SoL

For the UK at least

BeLGaRaTh said,
....

Whaaa?
You don't buy OEM licenses when you build your own systems?
I ONLY buy OEM licenses due to their cheap price, and I'm forever buying 'qualifying hardware' since my local retailer tells me case fans qualify.

deadonthefloor said,

Whaaa?
You don't buy OEM licenses when you build your own systems?
I ONLY buy OEM licenses due to their cheap price, and I'm forever buying 'qualifying hardware' since my local retailer tells me case fans qualify.

They do - so do hard drives purchased on OEM/system-builder packaging (bare).
I registered as a System Builder with Microsoft in 1995 (simultaneously with the launch of Windows 95) - the hard part of building an entirely-compliant PC is being able to buy OEM software locally in retail (fortunately, MicroCenter *does* sell Microsoft's entire OEM line in quantities as few as one). BeLGarath - were you just plain unaware that you *personally* could have simply bought an OEM copy of 7 - quite legally - and built your own PC around it, or is the issue that you don't have MicroCenter, Fry's, or other participant in the SystemBuilder program locally? (That is, in fact, the reasoning behind Newegg's ShopRunner program; while it was originally thought to be aimed at SMBs, there's no legal impediment for individuals to take advantage of it.)

deadonthefloor said,

Whaaa?
You don't buy OEM licenses when you build your own systems?
I ONLY buy OEM licenses due to their cheap price, and I'm forever buying 'qualifying hardware' since my local retailer tells me case fans qualify.

I am a registered system builder but I bought Win7 Pro Retail as it was far cheaper than OEM when pre-ordered And I don't have my Vista or XP OEM disks any longer, just my 2K, ME, 98SE which I doubt will qualify

@PHGammer, we dont have Microcentre, Frys etc here in the UK, just Currys/PC World/Dixons (all the same company) who are uber expensive.

I was thinking not to upgrade till I buy a new PC (I'm thinking to buy one in july 2013), but now, for sure I'll upgrade. Well, if I'll be able to change PC without losing the windows validation.

It appears to be a desperate move. If Windows-8 is such a huge improvement over Windows-7, why would a profit-oriented company not known for their charity "give it away?"

TsarNikky said,
It appears to be a desperate move. If Windows-8 is such a huge improvement over Windows-7, why would a profit-oriented company not known for their charity "give it away?"

1) To reduce support costs. They bet to reduce the XP & Vista users.
2) The big business is the Apps store. If more people use Win8 more Apps are going to be sold.

TsarNikky said,
It appears to be a desperate move. If Windows-8 is such a huge improvement over Windows-7, why would a profit-oriented company not known for their charity "give it away?"

Microsoft is a non profit organization. I don't know what you're talking about.

TsarNikky said,
It appears to be a desperate move. If Windows-8 is such a huge improvement over Windows-7, why would a profit-oriented company not known for their charity "give it away?"

It's desperate for economic reasons. In case you've been living under a rock, the economy (globally) is *still* in poor shape; such was not the case when 7, Vista, or even XP shipped (XP is the closest any recent Microsoft OS came to shipping during a poor economy). The first area folks (personal or business) cut back is upgrades to computers (hardware and software both - see XP's super-slow user-base deterioration) - single-handedly, Microsoft just made the cost (purchase) excuse go away.

Well... MS took the win7 Family Pack deal, will let you buy one rather than making you buy 3 licenses, but reduced their cost as a download since they don't have to worry about discs or packaging or distribution. They can also set a firm cutoff date -- Family Packs still show up retail -- don't have to discount to retailers, & unless they have the Family Packs too, we won't see retailers marking down MSRP.

At the end of the MS blog mentioned builder licenses OK for VMs - think that might be new, though OEM keys work in VMs now. Also said you allegedly need the same builder license if you install fresh or to another partition -- win7 upgrade keys work with fresh installs, so here's hoping that's true of win8 upgrades as well.

I will get the digital download for $39.99, Can't wait for it i'm excited for it and I am glad you can get it for a low price until January 31st, 2013.

With such a low price, the price barrier to upgrades is gone. Now let's see if people really like the unappealing Metro style and Windows 8.

xpclient said,
With such a low price, the price barrier to upgrades is gone. Now let's see if people really like the unappealing Metro style and Windows 8.

I like it just fine - I wouldn't have completely fired Windows 7 otherwise. (As I've said before, the only reason I have 7 installed at all has to do with a beta I'm in being hostile to Windows 8; as it is, my triple has 8 CP as the default, while I run 8 RP most often.) Now I can, in fact, suggest 8 to my home-users when it goes retail - at this price, I'd be silly not to.

Darn thing could be free for all I care. I wouldn't touch it with a 10 foot pole. My only regret is missing out on the $50 Win7 deal when that was released.

Have to admit, this is a pretty awesome move. Especially with Media Center thrown in; it should tidy over existing Windows 7 users.

Well I was ready to pay $149, so however many times $39.99 goes in to $149, that's how many copies I'll buy.

Enron said,
Well I was ready to pay $149, so however many times $39.99 goes in to $149, that's how many copies I'll buy.

That's kind of useless considering that this is only an UPGRADE disk, and doesn't actually include a full product/license key.

andrewbares said,

That's kind of useless considering that this is only an UPGRADE disk, and doesn't actually include a full product/license key.

I don't care. It's more copies for Steve Ballmer to autograph when I see him next time.

I know a few people on here don't like the Metro and that is your personal decision to make. I know some on here are ****ed that the start button has gone and that too is your personal decision. Both of these will have hacks so you can bypass metro or you can have an old start menu back.
Now just given the fact that Windows 8 (on the desktop side of things) is quite a bit faster than 7 is very much more secure and problem free than 7 and includes many more features than 7 why would you say im not upgrading especially at this price. It isreally stupid not too even if you don't like metro and the start screen. both of which will have some kind of way for you to have them back so it looks the same as 7 does but just a better, faster, more secure and robust OS.

Come on metro haters and start screen haters upgrade and get your hacks later to make it look like you are still running windows xp or 7.

korupt_one said,
Come on metro haters and start screen haters upgrade and get your hacks later to make it look like you are still running windows xp or 7.

Yes, and even install your other third party tools so you don't have to use the new ribboned file explorer and built in iso mounting support.
Let's not forget Storage Spaces!

Sounds like I'll be able to upgrade after all.

My mom might even go for it, being able to upgrade from 7 Starter. ("Consumer edition" includes Starter, right?)

I think this price cut pretty much sums up the poor design decisions and overblown arrogance of MS, they know that many people do not want to boot up their home pc only to see some poorly thought out, ugly and highly intrusive start screen known as "metro" in their face, but if they slash the price then the abomination will be easier to accept for more people.

The price cut will certainly show higher sales numbers and *might* help prevent a total embarrassment of Ballmer and co. although it's not a sure thing, I think it will still flop, however, given the proven track record of blatant dishonesty by MS we will probably never really know if it flopped or not.

I'll be sticking with 7, windows "8" isn't even worth pirating let alone purchasing at a discounted price.

Order_66 said,
.....

I would argue the same point in a positive light.
Perhaps the intent is to get the consistent experience on all MS powered screens with as little barrier to entry as possible.

I for one want to have consistency in my Tablet and Phone and Game and PC experience.
You get more from MS when you go all-in.

Order_66 said,
I think this price cut pretty much sums up the poor design decisions and overblown arrogance of MS, they know that many people do not want to boot up their home pc only to see some poorly thought out, ugly and highly intrusive start screen known as "metro" in their face, but if they slash the price then the abomination will be easier to accept for more people.

The price cut will certainly show higher sales numbers and *might* help prevent a total embarrassment of Ballmer and co. although it's not a sure thing, I think it will still flop, however, given the proven track record of blatant dishonesty by MS we will probably never really know if it flopped or not.

I'll be sticking with 7, windows "8" isn't even worth pirating let alone purchasing at a discounted price.

Not - they are working on getting rid of the price of the upgrade as an excuse.

Lack of low-priced upgrades kept folks from upgrading to 7, let alone Vista - and that was from XP. The economy (globally) is in far worse condition than it was when either OS went retail. Hence the biggest upgrade offer in Microsoft's history. There may be many excuses for folks not upgrading - however, Microsoft is making darn sure that *price* won't be one of them.

I hadn't planned on upgrading my 3 Win7 machines, but at this price I just might do it. Kudos, MS.

probably go for the Physical, mostly because I won't use it until the proper hardware is out and they've killed the kinks. and someone has some sort of addon that mimicks a touch screen that lies on top of the monitor. But it seems to show they have great doubt about that product. I like MS and ubuntu. Not much else. So out of habit sure I'd probably consider buying the disk. and tweak it to make sure that Metro is no where to be found

PatrynXX said,
probably go for the Physical, mostly because I won't use it until the proper hardware is out and they've killed the kinks. and someone has some sort of addon that mimicks a touch screen that lies on top of the monitor. But it seems to show they have great doubt about that product. I like MS and ubuntu. Not much else. So out of habit sure I'd probably consider buying the disk. and tweak it to make sure that Metro is no where to be found

Define *proper hardware*.

Lots of us are running Windows 8 on desktops and portables without touch support - and quite happily, at that. (My existing triple (7 and *two* versions of 8 - CP and RP) is a desktop - a mid-tower, to be precise.) Adding a touch-screen monitor is very much a trivial exercise; Dell, Planar and HP each have one - with the same resolution I enjoy today - for all of $300; while the HP and Planar touch-screens are TN, so is my current flat-panel; Dell's touch-screen - the S2220T- on the other hand, is IPS.

A friend has a legal version of Windows Vista (OEM) which was purchased in 2007.

She then downloaded an illegal version of Windows 7 in 2009.

She has that Windows 7 installed on her machine now.

Can she purchase this Windows 8 Pro upgrade, given her circumstances?

What proof will she need to enter on the Microsoft Store website when she goes to buy?

If it's a product key she needs, that's fine, can just enter the legal Vista key. If she needs to download a tool to check anything on her system, it will fail (due to the illegal product key).

deadonthefloor said,

Why would you do that to 'your friend'?
what a pickle.
Do what to my friend?

I want her to have Windows 8 via. her legal Vista OEM key.
Backup data
Install legit OS
Restore data
Buy cheap online upgrade.

S3P€hR said,
I would have set it free if I were Microsoft. I don't see the crowd waiting for upgrading their sweet Win 7 to a mess dubbed Win 8

Indeed, and windows 7 will probably be the last good operating system created by microsoft, even MS knows that many people do not want that horris "metro" thrown in their face and that's probably why they drastically slashed the price so that people would be tempted to buy it regardless.

Hope this applies to my MSDNAA licenses too

Looks like all the Media Center boo-hooing will now disappear.


(I'm surprised someone hasn't made the ridiculous claim yet that this is "only" and upgrade but you can get the "full" copy of OSX cheaper... once you own a Mac.)

lt8480 said,
Hope this applies to my MSDNAA licenses too

Looks like all the Media Center boo-hooing will now disappear.

I was wondering the same thing as my Desktop is a MSDNAA key.

briangw said,

I was wondering the same thing as my Desktop is a MSDNAA key.

AFA I am aware, the upgrade offer applies to *all* upgrades to Windows 8 Pro - including MSDNAA/ MSDN/TechNet, existing/in-use System Builder/OEM 7 (and earlier) licensees back to XP, etc.

In short, this is THE single biggest upgrade offer Microsoft has ever done - for any OS.

Sweet. And I just bought a MSI laptop and will be getting 8 for $14.99 for the upgrade price.

Now I can get this for my desktop!

I'm staying with Windows 7 on my desktop, simply because I won't be upgrading it, but come the Windows 8 Pro tablets, I'm going to be all over them.

A340600 said,
I'm staying with Windows 7 on my desktop, simply because I won't be upgrading it, but come the Windows 8 Pro tablets, I'm going to be all over them.

I thought the same, until I remembered storage spaces and OS level spellcheck.

I have a feeling that with new bootloader, Windows 8 will be a challenge for pirates, so I for one will buy upgrade if that's going to be the case.

cybertimber2008 said,
...they made Media Center a FREE add-on? Or is that because this is for Pro?

The way i read it, i think it's just an offer to those who upgrade early.

FISKER_Q said,

The way i read it, i think it's just an offer to those who upgrade early.

Or... they realised that the number of people who will actually use this will be relatively small, so by making that an optional extra which presumably you'll have to register to receive, they can still save themselves alot of money on DVD decoding royalty costs, while still not pi55ing off the customers who do need it

cybertimber2008 said,
...they made Media Center a FREE add-on? Or is that because this is for Pro?

I think upgrades were always going to get it (for feature parity with 7 HP).

For legal reasons, they are prohibited from distributing Media Center pre-installed on the base OS. However, they can make it available as a free add-on.

Gotta love the EU. They interpreted the Media Center experience as an upgrade of the original Windows Media Player. That original verdict resulted in the N flavors of Windows. This time, they're releasing only the N flavors instead of confusing customers.

cybertimber2008 said,
...they made Media Center a FREE add-on? Or is that because this is for Pro?

Free because it's pro.
They've said since the removal announcement it would carry a small fee for the consumer version, with Pro getting the free optional media pack.

Xenosion said,
Am I the only one who seems to remember a similar deal with Windows 7 upgrades?

Windows 7 Upgrades didn't allow you to go back 3 generations of Operating Systems (meaning upgrade as far back as Windows 2000 up to Windows 7) as far as I remember!

Xenosion said,
Am I the only one who seems to remember a similar deal with Windows 7 upgrades?

Nope it was $50 but I think only for Home Prem. This is Pro.

I think a good question to ask now is how much will PCs Tablets and Laptops cost now that we know the pricing is only $40 for a license, and that's retail. I suspect OEM pricing will be even lower if not virtually free. I guess MS sees this as a way to get the Store into as many PC owner's hands as possible.

Drewidian said,
I think a good question to ask now is how much will PCs Tablets and Laptops cost now that we know the pricing is only $40 for a license, and that's retail. I suspect OEM pricing will be even lower if not virtually free. I guess MS sees this as a way to get the Store into as many PC owner's hands as possible.

Seems that way! The store is a huge new revenue stream for them, so this won't hurt them a bit!

Not to mention, having a very large install base will draw developers to the platform in very large numbers! That large of an audience is simply too big to ignore!

Drewidian said,
I think a good question to ask now is how much will PCs Tablets and Laptops cost now that we know the pricing is only $40 for a license, and that's retail. I suspect OEM pricing will be even lower if not virtually free. I guess MS sees this as a way to get the Store into as many PC owner's hands as possible.

That's $40 for an upgrade, not for a one-off non-upgrade copy. Upgrades have always been cheaper than full products.

TCLN Ryster said,

That's $40 for an upgrade, not for a one-off non-upgrade copy. Upgrades have always been cheaper than full products.

judging from that price, let's make a comparison:

Windows 7 Pro Retail - $299.99
Windows 7 Pro Full OEM - $179.99
Windows 7 Pro Anytime Upgrade to Pro - $89.95

that's a difference of about $90 for OEM and $120 for Retail.
so using that "flawed" math:

Windows 8 Pro upgrade - $39.99
Windows 8 Pro OEM - $39.99 + $90 = $130
Windows 8 Pro Retail - $250

still sounds like a steal to me. i'm waiting for them to bring back the 3 user family pack they had for Windows 7 Home Premium. that was limited release too.

winlonghorn said,

Seems that way! The store is a huge new revenue stream for them, so this won't hurt them a bit!

Not to mention, having a very large install base will draw developers to the platform in very large numbers! That large of an audience is simply too big to ignore!

That is exactly the driving force behind WinRT as an API (and especially the commonality between WinRT and Windows Phone 7+) - Windows Phone 7+ by itself is far smaller than Android, let alone iOS; however, Windows Phone 7+ combined with merely twenty-five percent of the non-corporate Windows base (exempting all business/government purchasers - including SMB) is bigger than Android and iOS combined. (That twenty-five percent number is, in fact, smaller than the current installed base for Windows Vista.) Basically, even a flop of Vista proportions would still be larger than Android and iOS put together - unless a developer is a fanatic of massive proportions, why would they ignore a customer base that large?

Basically, WinRT is looking less and less stupid/silly all the time.

Pajter said,
Bought my laptop on May 22nd.

It doesn't matter. It still applies to you as well. Even Windows XP users can upgrade using this offer.

I will probably acquire one if they allow upgrading from a OEM license of Win 7 Home Premium and allow a clean install from a bootable disk.

ShMaunder said,
At long last, affordable Microsoft operating systems - competition FTW!

Half of the time I think Microsoft wanted to loose its perception of domination in the computer industry. When they made that DoJ agreement (in 2001) due to the law suit from Apple, Netscape, Real Networks and several other companies, it prohibited them from integrating their collective services from 10 years. They now have perception of competition from Apple and Google in the mobile space. Without this competition they would never have been allowed to create a store or integrate their various services the way they will in both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8 with the interactivity with the XBox. It will be interesting to see how this all shakes out, but I'm almost convinced they were "losing" mindshare on purpose.

Excellent price. I hope it's a similar price in the UK.

I hope there will be a promotion for retail copies too, as there was for Windows 7.

lcg said,
Excellent price. I hope it's a similar price in the UK.

I hope there will be a promotion for retail copies too, as there was for Windows 7.

It said this offer is valid online and in retail...

Dot Matrix said,

It said this offer is valid online and in retail...

I meant the full retail version, as opposed to the upgrade version and OEM version.

From OP,

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 in 131 markets.

lcg said,
Excellent price. I hope it's a similar price in the UK.

I hope there will be a promotion for retail copies too, as there was for Windows 7.

American currency conversion to British Pounds seems to be "Put a £ where $ used to be".

BajiRav said,
From OP,

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 in 131 markets.

Thanks. I noticed that after posting. When I read the article there was no source given, although GP007 posted it in the comments.

McKay said,

American currency conversion to British Pounds seems to be "Put a £ where $ used to be".

Yes, I was thinking the same too, although it seems that isn't the case here.

McKay said,

American currency conversion to British Pounds seems to be "Put a £ where $ used to be".


There is no such thing as American currency

I can't help but wonder why the price of the physical is almost double that of digital. I understand the costs into having the physical media, case, etc, but from $40 to $70?

Panda X said,
I can't help but wonder why the price of the physical is almost double that of digital. I understand the costs into having the physical media, case, etc, but from $40 to $70?

Perhaps the gap in price is to ensure the majority of the purchases are the digital versions. Media, packaging, inserts, shipping etc would certainly not reach $30 but MS must know the profit margin is better for the digital copy

Panda X said,
I can't help but wonder why the price of the physical is almost double that of digital. I understand the costs into having the physical media, case, etc, but from $40 to $70?

Shipping... Giving a cut to whatever store makes the sale... Actually getting the manufacturing process set up...

Digital is essentially free distribution.

Kyle said,

Yes

My laptop came pre-installed with 7 Home Premium, I took the plunge and installed 8 as the only OS, my laptop came with no OS Disk or recovery etc. Am I eligible for the offer still?

McKay said,

My laptop came pre-installed with 7 Home Premium, I took the plunge and installed 8 as the only OS, my laptop came with no OS Disk or recovery etc. Am I eligible for the offer still?

You might be able to use the product key, but don't quote me on that. I am not sure.

McKay said,
My laptop came pre-installed with 7 Home Premium, I took the plunge and installed 8 as the only OS, my laptop came with no OS Disk or recovery etc. Am I eligible for the offer still?

Yes. However, you cannot upgrade Windows 8 RP to the final version. You'll have to reinstall Windows 7 Home Premium and then do the Windows 8 install (clean install or upgrade, your choice).

glyfz said,
They'd have to pay me $40 to use it.

.....and even at that, no thanks. Not even for a Dime would I buy this heap of crap.

Hum said,
Still not buying

suit yourself. as for me, this sounds really awesome. windows 8, here i come! well, unless texas a&m sells windows 8 for an even cheaper price...

Hum said,
Still not buying

Wow! I liked Win8, and have a few apps ready for the store once the marketplace opens for submission. But those three simple words you wrote have completely changed my mind - and my life. I will forever be grateful to you for saving me $40. Thank-you for showing me light.

Hum said,
Still not buying

of course not. here is the reason:
No matter how much they try to put this in people's brain that win 8 is for Desktop/Laptop/Tablets I would say it is just for tablets and touch interfaces and an early version as well (not as stable as win 7).
Literally upgrading from win7 to win8 only worth if Microsoft offers some money for upgrading time you waste

air- said,

no one cases weather you buy it or not.

And no one 'cases' .... 'weather' you ....'cases' if he buys it or not.

Fantastic deal!

They even allow you to make a bootable DVD and or USB Media stick so we can do clean install

Or you can even have them said you a Windows 8 DVD for $15.99

$39.99 for a brand new Windows 8 OS seems like a very good deal to me.

The only question now is even if it can be had for under $40 can I get used to the Metro interface?

Even if you can't, you can now install Classic Shell and just choose to only install the Classic Start menu, install the Windows 7 skin (there's a thread on it that's been popular the last couple days with a certain poster posting tons of irrelevant material), and pretty much disable metro. Personally I'm currently preferring a combination of Start8 and WinLaunch. That way I have a nice app launcher, and if I want to install metro apps I can do that too (and access the start screen without filling the entire screen with it).

gate1975mlm said,
Fantastic deal!

They even allow you to make a bootable DVD and or USB Media stick so we can do clean install

Or you can even have them said you a Windows 8 DVD for $15.99

$39.99 for a brand new Windows 8 OS seems like a very good deal to me.

The only question now is even if it can be had for under $40 can I get used to the Metro interface?

try it out. I would recommend dual boot. Also, you don't really have to use metro (I mostly live on the desktop and use Metro as a glorified start menu)

georgevella said,
try it out. I would recommend dual boot. Also, you don't really have to use metro (I mostly live on the desktop and use Metro as a glorified start menu)

That is the way I have treated the StartScreen - even when running 8 as sole OS; as it is, I only run 7 *at all* due to one beta that won't run (currently) on any version of Windows 8.

This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.

It's a temporary offer but I think lots of people will take advantage of it. Also, If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

GP007 said,
This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.

It's a temporary offer but I think lots of people will take advantage of it. Also, If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

While the upgrade offer *is* temporary (and on par with similar upgrade offering for previous versions of Windows at launch) the inclusion of virtualized instances in System Builder is, if anything, even bigger - and is permanent.

warwagon said,
Can we do a clean install? Do they except technet 7 installs to ugprade from?

According to the source article:

"Oh, and by the way - 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."

What that means, I dunno.

warwagon said,
Can we do a clean install? Do they except technet 7 installs to ugprade from?

Well the listed cost were for the upgrade discs, that said, I can do a clean install with my upgrade disc for Windows 7.

warwagon said,
Can we do a clean install? Do they except technet 7 installs to ugprade from?

Yes we can if that article is 100% accurate!

warwagon said,
Can we do a clean install? Do they except technet 7 installs to ugprade from?

Upgrade terminology is only for licensing purposes. Meaning you need to own a legitimate license to a valid Windows product available for upgrade. Only under rare cases did Microsoft ever require physical media to be presented during an upgrade installation or have it already installed.

Xenosion said,

Upgrade terminology is only for licensing purposes. Meaning you need to own a legitimate license to a valid Windows product available for upgrade. Only under rare cases did Microsoft ever require physical media to be presented during an upgrade installation or have it already installed.

I was saying Microsoft needed to provide this cheap upgrade option a few months back. Its a massive market they can grab hold of for their Metro user base and they've done just that.

Now, considering all Windows that qualify for the upgrade have to be activated (or at least have a valid COA attached. I'm sure it'd be easy enough for Microsoft to use the same valid XP/Windows 7 etc keys to install, and then update the product keys on the activation server to Windows 8. Meaning your existing Windows XP/Vista/7 keys are migrated to Windows 8.
It'd be a way to lock people in to Windows 8 after the upgrade as they'd no longer activate the older Windows installs and validate the upgrade option while at the same time do away with the need for old installation media or keys to authenticate upgradability user rights.

Dot Matrix said,

According to the source article:

"Oh, and by the way - 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."

What that means, I dunno.

What that means is that the *qualifying hardware* requirement for System Builder goes *completely away* - this is a major win for desktop virtualization folks (such as yours truly) as we can now run Genuine Windows in our virtual machines - legally. (In fact, it's a bigger win for Windows 8/Server 2008 and better - which has better native support for desktop virtualization (especially as a host) due to Hyper-V.)

rev23dev said,
Wow.... smart...or needy?

I'll say smart!

I would say it is a little of both. I think they knew that people have questions and concerns about Windows 8. They hope to gain momentum by getting early copies out to people who may not have otherwise bought it. It is a smart move…assuming people actually like Windows 8. That is a big if.

I honestly thing Windows 8 is going to be a big flop. Businesses are going to stay away from it like the plague (with the acceptation that a company that is not comfortable with iOS devices might be enticed by Windows 8 tablets). On a personal level, no one I have talked to is very interested in it, not a scientific sampling, but still, this is no Windows 7.

rev23dev said,
Wow.... smart...or needy?

I'll say smart!

Its a necessity. Microsoft have lost the game so far. They are lagging majorly behind when it comes to smart phones and tablets, and of course with those devices comes the ecosystems that generate a lot of cash. With the cheap option to upgrade, Microsoft is going to gain a huge amount of Metro users very quickly. More Metro users early on means they're more likely to stay locked into that ecosystem for paid purchases, but for Microsoft it also means the metro brand travels further a field, from Xbox, Windows 8 on the PC, on the Windows Phone and soon Windows Tablets. Its an immense jump as a starting point for them from the less then 1% market they currently have.

Voice of Buddy Christ said,
I say needy. They probably keep up with the power users who are panning Windows 8 on principle. Why else would they choose now to drastically slash upgrade costs?

Considering the price is only $200 for Windows 8 Pro by itself, $40 for an upgrade only is a pretty sweet deal.