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Pricing for Windows 8.1
Author: Cássio LimaDate: September 19, 2013 - 6:51 AM PST
Category: Software
More Info: http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2013/09/17/...

For consumers with Windows 8 devices today, Windows 8.1 will be a free update via an easy download from the Windows Store starting on October 18th.

Consumers who are not using a Windows 8 device will be able to buy Windows 8.1, either as a download from Windows.com or at your local store as a retail packaged DVD product. While pricing varies by market, in the U.S., Windows 8.1 will be available for USD 119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for USD 199.99. The pricing and editions for Windows 8.1 are similar to what we have today for Windows 8.

For non-Windows 8 devices, here is how upgrading to Windows 8.1 using the retail DVD and download software will work:

  • Windows 7: Consumers can upgrade a Windows 7 PC which will bring along all their files, but will require them to reinstall desktop apps including Microsoft Office.
  • Windows XP and Windows Vista: Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Although not designed or recommended for devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista, consumers still wanting to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista should buy the retail DVD instead of using the download and boot from the DVD to do a clean install of Windows 8.1. Note: files, settings and programs will not transfer – consumers will need to back up their files and settings, perform clean installation, and then reinstall their files, settings and programs.

If you buy a device later this year that comes with the Windows 8.1 edition, you will be able to purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for USD 99.99, which unlocks all of the great features unique to Pro, as well as Windows Media Center. If you are on Windows 8.1 Pro, you can buy Windows Media Center for USD 9.99.

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