Microsoft Lets in on Windows 8 Upgrade Details

New OS assumed to be released by end of year.
By Juan Carlos Perez
News Jul 2nd 2012

Users running Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 will be able to download an upgrade to their OS to Windows 8 Pro for US$39.99 in 131 markets once the new Windows OS version becomes available, Microsoft announced.

The company hasn't given an official date for the commercial availability of Windows 8, but it's widely assumed that it will ship before the end of the year. The offer includes a free option to add Windows Media Center.

When bought via the website, an "upgrade assistant" walks users via the download, configuration and installation process, Microsoft said.

Among the elements this upgrade assistant checks is whether the user's PC needs any tweaks or changes to support Windows 8 Pro.

"It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues," the blog post reads.

Depending from which OS they're upgrading, users will be able to transfer different components to Windows 8 Pro. Those on any Windows 7 consumer edition will be able to migrate their Windows settings, personal files and applications. People upgrading from Windows Vista will be able to carry over their Windows settings and personal files. Windows XP users will only be able to bring along their personal files.