Windows 8 has been released by Microsoft and it is available for purchase or download to public (GA). You can purchase your Windows 8 copy from market or you can order it online using various websites.
If you don't have any idea how to order or purchase Windows 8, this topic will help you.
First of all make sure your existing computer is compatible with Windows 8 i.e. your PC hardware must support Windows 8. If you know about your computer hardware very well, you can take help of following topic to find out whether your computer fulfills the system requirements of Windows 8 or not:
If you don't have much idea about the hardware, you can take help of a free official tool from Microsoft which is called "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant". This tool will automatically scan your computer hardware and installed software programs and will let you know whether your system and apps are compatible with Windows 8 or not:
If your system is compatible with Windows 8, you can move to second step i.e. grab a copy of Windows 8.
There are 2 simple and easy ways to download Windows 8 from Internet or order Windows 8 DVD online:
- Using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
- Using Microsoft Store
Download or Order Windows 8 DVD Using Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant
First of all download Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. Its portable so you don't need to install it. Run the tool and let it check the system to show compatibility report. Once it shows the report, click on Next button and you'll see a screen where you can either download Windows 8 setup files or order the setup DVD online. The tool will also show you the purchase price in your local currency.
Select the desired option and download or order Windows 8 DVD as per your requirements. The tool will also help you in upgrading your existing Windows to Windows 8 or you can do a fresh installation of Windows 8 manually. It also allows you to create bootable DVD or USB drive of the downloaded setup files to install Windows 8 later. If you want to know where this tool stores Windows 8 installation files, its C:\ESD\Windows\Sources folder (hidden).
A few people have faced some problems while downloading Windows 8 using Upgrade assistant, if you are also facing any problem, check out following topics to fix the issue:
- [Fix] Windows 8 Not Available for Download or Purchase in Your Country or Region
- How to Re-Download Windows 8 Setup Without Purchasing it Again Using Upgrade Assistant?
Download or Order Windows 8 DVD Using Microsoft Store
If you don't want to use Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, you can directly download or order Windows 8 DVD using official Microsoft Store.
If you select the option to download Windows 8 setup files, it'll cost you $39.99 only. If you want to receive Windows 8 DVD at your doorstep, you'll need to spend $69.99.
Alternatively, you can also download or order Windows 8 via various online shopping websites such as amazon, etc.
Get Windows 8 in $14.99 Using Upgrade Offer from Microsoft
Microsoft is also providing a special upgrade offer in which you can get Windows 8 in just $14.99. Just go to the upgrade offer link, select your country and enter a few required details such as name, email ID, computer brand and model name and you'll receive a special promo code in your Inbox.
Once you receive the promo code, enter it while you are purchasing Windows 8 using "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" and it'll automatically change the purchase price to $14.99 only.
PS: If you are planning to purchase a new Windows 8 PC in coming days, you can test Windows 8 RTM for 90-days absolutely free using following link:
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