Windows 8.1 upgrade options and some pricing
September 21, 2013 Leave a comment
Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 media could be used for a full installation or an upgrade. Obviously the right license is required. Upgrades from XP and Vista are no longer supported. A clean installation is required for them.
Windows 7 customers should expect to re-install all of their applications after upgrading using the Windows 8.1 retail media as only their files will be preserved.
Pricing hasn’t changed for upgrades or full copies from the Windows 8 pricing.
Windows Media Center will also still be available as a $9.99 upgrade for Windows 8.1 Pro. The Windows 8.1 Pro Pack DVD is available for $99.99. It can be used to upgrade a PC that came preinstalled with Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro with Windows Media Center.
If you wish, as a workaround, you can buy Windows 8, which will give you more options to preserve Windows 7 and Windows Vista settings and applications, and then upgrade to windows 8.1 free of charge.
Windows 8.1 will be pushed out as a free upgrade to all Windows 8 PCs beginning on October 18.
If you want to see the difference between the four versions of windows 8.1, you can view a chart here.