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Your Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Questions Answered

Ian Paul July 3, 2012
Users will be able to upgrade to the pro version of Microsoft's newest desktop OS for just $40 for a limited time.

When Windows 8 launches later this year you'll be able to upgrade to the pro version of Microsoft's newest desktop OS for just $40 for a limited time. The deal will apply to a broad base of current Windows users including those running Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7. Microsoft had a similar offer during the launch of Windows 7 but this one is cheaper than its predecessor. (Windows 7 upgrades ranged from $50-$100 at launch.) 

Another big difference between the Windows 7 and Windows 8 upgrade deals is that you get the pro version instead of the base version of Windows 8. And if you're a Windows Media Center fan, Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade deal will let you download the entertainment center program for free (more on that later). 

If you plan on upgrading to Windows 8, here's what you need to know about Microsoft's limited-time upgrade deal.

Is the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Available for Pre-Order Right Now?
No. You won't be able to buy the Windows 8 Pro upgrade until Windows 8 launches. When it becomes available, you will find the upgrade deal on Microsoft's Windows site. 

Any Idea When Windows 8 Will Launch?
Critics and analysts expect Windows 8 to launch in the fall. Most likely in October or possibly November.

When Does the $40 Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Expire?
After Windows 8 launches, you can purchase the upgrade for $40 until Jan. 31, 2013.

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