Microsoft is being aggressive with its forthcoming Windows 8 release, which will come in three flavors with Windows 8 Pro being the highest-end business class version of the touch-centric OS. The company is allowing Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users an opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $40 using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
According to the company’s blog, the upgrade will be available in 131 markets and users can even add the Windows Media Center features for free after the upgrade to Windows 8 is accomplished.
Starting at general availability, 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 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.
Those who prefer a digital media disc can order a DVD upgrade for $70. The company is encouraging Windows customers to use the Upgrade Assistant to check their systems for compatibility.
After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, 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.
The discounted upgrade program ends on January 31, 2013.