Here are the new prices as listed by Microsoft for each version of the operating system.
They go into effect on Feb. 1:
- The Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $199.99 MSRP (U.S.).
- The Windows 8 upgrade edition will be available online and at retail for $119.99 MSRP (U.S.).
- The Windows 8 Pro Pack will cost $99.99 MSRP (U.S.).
- The Windows 8 Media Center Pack will cost $9.99 MSRP (U.S.).
How does that compare to what Windows 8 costs now?
You can get Windows 8 Pro for $40. If you bought (or plan to buy) a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and Jan. 31, it'll cost you $15 to upgrade to Windows 8.
Some quick advice:
If you're using a Windows 7 machine, you may not want to upgrade to Windows 8. Windows 8 is designed for devices with touchscreens, and many people find the interface tricky to use on regular laptops and desktops.
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