Windows 8 will be released on October 26, 2012. The operating system has been made touch-friendly in order to facilitate its use in both traditional PCs as well as touchscreen tablets. Several affordable Windows 8 upgrade offers have been announced recently. So, we have compiled a complete list of all Windows 8 upgrade offers below so that you can choose the best one as per your requirement.
$14.99 upgrade: This is the lowest possible upgrade price for Windows 8 Pro. In order to quality for this offer, you must have purchased a new Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 with a valid OEM Certificate of Authenticity, product key for and preinstalled with any of the four OSes – Windows 7 Home Basic, Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional or Windows 7 Ultimate. A maximum limit of five Windows 8 upgrade offers is available for each customer. The upgrade offer is available online through the windows8upgradeoffer.com website. The pricing also varies by location and it might either cheaper or costlier based on the pricing in your local currency. However, the Windows 8 Media Center is not included in the Windows 8 Pro upgrade and you would need to purchase it separately as an addon in case you wish to use it. If you are eligible for the upgrade offer, then you would receive a special promotion code with relevant purchase details. You must register for the program and subsequently purchase and download the Windows 8 upgrade by February 28, 2013. To find all details related to the offer, you might also check the FAQs about the same here.
$39.99 offer: This is a downloadable Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer which can be applied to any computer with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 installed. This offer will be available online in the Windows.com website between 26 October 2012 and 31 January 2013. If you need a boxed copy of Windows 8 Pro instead of the downloadable copy, it would cost you $69.99. The boxed copy upgrade offer is already available for pre-order from the official Microsoft Store as well as from Amazon and other websites. However, the $39.99 downloadable copy offer would be available only after the official release on 26 October 2012. There is a maximum limit of 5 upgrades per customer.
$69.99 offer: If you would like a physical boxed copy of the Windows 8 upgrade DVD, then you might opt for this offer. The eligibility is the same as the earlier offer and you would need any computer with Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 installed. The maximum limit of 5 upgrades per customer is applicable here too. In addition to the official Microsoft website, the boxed version is available for pre-order in many online and offline retailers including Amazon, Bestbuy, Staples and Office Depot.
Windows 8 Pro Pack: Windows 8 Pro Pack replaces the Windows Anytime Upgrade of previous Windows versions. With this upgrade, you can upgrade your Windows 8 PC or tablet to Windows 8 Pro. The pre-order pricing is kept at $69.99 as of now. However, if you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store.
Please note that many PC manufacturers are also refunding back the upgrade offer price for recently purchased personal computers. So, please make sure to check your PC manufacturer’s website as listed here in order to know the relevant promotions if applicable.