Windows 8 Pro upgrade: Your FAQs answered

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

By Ian Paul, PC World |  Operating Systems, windows 8

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.

What Do I Get with Windows 8 Pro?

For the average user there's little noticeable difference between the home edition of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. But if you are interested in features such as BitLocker encryption, booting from a virtual hard disk, and Hyper-V, then upgrading to Windows 8 Pro will make all the difference. For more information about Windows 8 versions, check out PCWorld's "Windows 8 Will Come in Four Versions."

What About Windows Media Center?

You will be able to download Windows Media Center for free when you upgrade to Windows 8 Pro during the limited-time offer. You'll find the free Media Center download as part of the "Add Features to Windows 8" control panel (formerly known as "Windows Anytime Upgrade").


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