Now you can pre-order Windows 8 Pro upgrades from retail and online vendors
As of October 12th, 2012 Amazon.com, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot and the Microsoft Store are taking pre-orders for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade.
The cost is $69.99.
The retail upgrade gets a box as pictured and DVD media.
Microsoft says the upgrade is green – “We moved to paper based materials (the exception of course being the upgrade DVD inside) which allowed us to make an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and fossil fuel consumption. And we’ve reduced the packaging weight by 41%.” Blogging Windows
Of course, you can also wait until October 26th and get the online upgrade for only $39.99. See our post Upgrade to Windows 8 and Save $140
Which ever way you slice it, there is a lot of excitement over the Windows 8 launch. You may prefer to have an official DVD or to download from the internet. The DVD purchase is easier if you haven’t burned a bootable (ISO) DVD before.
Upgrades need a legitimate copy of Windows XP SP3, Vista or Windows 7 on the computer before installation. You may have to dig out the old DVDs if the computer is already upgraded to Windows 8 beta.
Of course, if you purchased a Windows 7 PC after June 2, 2012 you are eligible for the upgrade at only $14.99.
Offers expire on January 31, 2013 so the reward for early adopters is about $140 per PC.