Windows 8: Upgrading, downgrading and pricing (part 2)

Continuing with some Windows 8 information….

Downgrading:

Assuming that Windows 8 Professional incorporates license terms similar to those of its predecessors, it will include the right to downgrade to Windows 7 Professional. When you buy a new PC with Windows 8 Professional installed [i.e. OEM copy], you can legally replace it with a copy of Windows 7 Professional.

Downgrade rights are not available for System Builder copies of Windows 8 installed with a Personal Use License or for upgrades from a preinstalled copy of Windows 8.

Pricing:

If you have an existing desktop PC or notebook that came with Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 and was purchased before June 2, 2012:

  • Wait until October 26 and order the Windows 8 Pro online upgrade from Microsoft for $40 [extra $15 for the physical media].
  • Purchase a boxed upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from a reseller like Newegg, Amazon, or Staples [maybe $70].

If you have an existing desktop PC or notebook that came with Windows 7 and was purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013, then you qualify for an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. Go to the Windows Upgrade Offer site [ http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/ ] to register.

If you have a new Windows 8 PC and you want to add DVD playback capabilities and Media Center software and is a base edition of Windows 8, you need the Windows 8 Pro Pack [currently $70 or less online]. This product uses the same technique as Windows 7 Anytime Upgrade to unlock the Pro features on your installed copy.   If you upgraded Windows 7 or Vista or XP to Windows 8 Pro, using any method you used, you qualify to add the Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free.

The basic terms of the license agreement are identical between Windows 8 [the base edition] and Windows 8 Pro. The key exceptions are:

  • Restrictions for Client Hyper-V [available in Pro-only] are in the Pro agreement and not in the base version.
  • You can run Windows 8 Pro on a PC with two physical processors but Windows 8 is limited to a single CPU [although the number of cores is unlimited)].
  • Windows 8 Pro supports Remote Desktop as a client and server, but Windows 8 is a Remote Desktop client only.

[You can find part one at https://ebraiter.wordpress.com/2012/10/13/windows-8-upgrading-downgrading-and-pricing-part-1 ]

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