Windows 8 has received negativity since it was first announced but earlier this week Microsoft released information regarding the launch price that is likely to silence many  critics. Microsoft revealed that 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.  To further sweeten the deal Microsoft is offering the option to add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

The low price point on the Windows 8 beats Microsoft’s previous upgrade offer for Windows 7 greatly, which was originally offered at $119.99 back in 2009.  For tech centric home users the low entry price point will likely convert many users but Microsoft is still going to have a hard sell for business sales.  With very few non-cosmetic improvements, Windows 8 stands as an overhaul of Windows 7 instead of a leap forward in OS technology.  Business owners, many of which have only recently adopted Windows 7 are unlikely to see the value in a further upgrade, no matter how cheaply it is offered.

If you are considering an upgrade when Windows 8 is released later this year let us know.  Also, consult the migration details below and plan your upgrade accordingly.

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.

– Richard Keene
IT Computer Support of New York
Design and Optimization Department