Windows 8 shows up on Amazon UK, confirms box art

Official Amazon UK listings for Windows 8 have appeared, which confirm the box art that was previously leaked a while back. Amazon are listing three upgrade versions of the operating system - Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Pro N (the European version without Media Player), and Windows 8 Standard to Pro - with the Standard to Pro upgrade pack coming in a box with just a product key.

Unfortunately no prices have been listed on the site, instead each listing says "sign up to be notified when this item becomes available". We already know that you can upgrade to Windows 8 from previous Windows iterations for a special promotional price of $39.99 until January 2013 (or $69.99 boxed), and other prices for the OS have been floating around, although none have been confirmed by Microsoft.

At this stage it doesn't look like Microsoft will reveal the final price of Windows 8 as a standalone copy until the official launch on October 26. Things are starting to get very exciting!

Via: The Verge
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I pre-ordered mine back on 12th August 2012. It was and still is £49.99.

Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC)

Bit of a swizz as in the U.S.A. it's a 1/3 of the price so I once saw, now it has no price, like

amazon.co.uk.

How come we cant see the price yet on Amazon? I was hoping for some pre sale discounts. When Windows 7 was released about 2 months before hand Amazon has a deal which meant you got Windows 7 Home Premium with 50% off because you pre ordered it early. I got it for like £40. I was hoping they would do the same for Windows 8 :-(

Weather you agree with the Modern UI design or not, It's going to take more than a fancy box to get Windows 8 to gain widespead market acceptance.

Can the Pro Upgrade legally be used to install pro on a custom built pc that has no operating system on? Or is microsoft making it impossible to legally build your own windows 8 pc now without having to buy windows 7 as well?

torrentthief said,
Can the Pro Upgrade legally be used to install pro on a custom built pc that has no operating system on? Or is microsoft making it impossible to legally build your own windows 8 pc now without having to buy windows 7 as well?

I don't think the upgrades work on blank machines. However, there will be a System Builder standalone copy available

torrentthief said,
Can the Pro Upgrade legally be used to install pro on a custom built pc that has no operating system on? Or is microsoft making it impossible to legally build your own windows 8 pc now without having to buy windows 7 as well?

I think you might have to buy the OEM disk when it comes out. The above are only upgrades if I remember right. I could be wrong though. I wonder if the upgrade disk "clean install hack" that was there in Vista and 7 will still be there.

Tyler R. said,

I think you might have to buy the OEM disk when it comes out. The above are only upgrades if I remember right. I could be wrong though. I wonder if the upgrade disk "clean install hack" that was there in Vista and 7 will still be there.

I'm pretty sure MS said there will be no OEM win8 version. As for the hack if it is possible it would still violate their terms and conditions. I guess we will have to wait and see.

torrentthief said,

I'm pretty sure MS said there will be no OEM win8 version. As for the hack if it is possible it would still violate their terms and conditions. I guess we will have to wait and see.

There will be what is essentially OEM version but slightly different, in essence it'll be near identical but you don't have to buy it with hardware (I know no one enforced this really), you get same rights as big manufacturers

Tyler R. said,
I think Balmer needs to lay off the acid.

ill take it one step further and say balmer & the design crew need to be fired by donald trump.