Budget For This

Windows 8 Pro upgrade set for $39.99


Microsoft is trying to make the Windows 8 upgrade more tempting by cutting the upgrade price and throwing in Media Center, too.

Those with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 will qualify for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 in 131 markets, Microsoft said today.

And Media Center can be added “for free” through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after the upgrade, according to Microsoft.

That might not seem like much but Microsoft said previously that Media Center must be “acquired” via “Add Features to Windows 8” and that Media Center Pack pricing would be “in line with marginal costs.”

And note this upgrade must be done via download and Upgrade Assistant. A packaged DVD version of the upgrade at retail will cost $69.99.

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

This offer beats Microsoft’s earlier upgrade pricing. Upgrading to Windows 7 back in 2009, for instance, was a lot more, at least initially.

Windows 8 Pro upgrade settings, files, apps migration details:

  • From consumer Windows 7: Can bring everything, which includes Windows settings, personal files, and apps.
  • From Windows Vista: Can bring Windows settings and personal files.
  • From Windows XP: Can only bring along personal files.

“You will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file, which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling,” Microsoft said.


Wise move Microsoft. By selling Windows 8 for extremely cheap, they lower the probability of people pirating the program and increase the probability of people actually upgrading from Windows 95.