Windows 8.1 Upgrade Paths and Pricing Details
Almost all of us know about Windows 8.1 which will be a free update for Windows 8 operating system. Windows 8.1 will fix all the annoyances and issues present in Windows 8 such as missing Start button, annoying hot corners, boot into Start Screen, etc. Windows 8.1 will try to make Windows 8 a perfect OS for Desktops as well as touche enabled devices such as tablets.
We have told you earlier that Windows 8.1 final RTM version will be released to public on October 18th, 2013. It has been already released to TechNet and MSDN subscribers. Also a free Preview version of Windows 8.1 is available for public for testing purposes.
Microsoft announced in past that Windows 8.1 update will be free for Windows 8 customers but we didn't know about Windows 8.1 pricing if we want to purchase it online or from local store. Today Microsoft has shared Windows 8.1 pricing details and upgrade paths.
Windows 8.1 will be available for $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99. You'll be able to purchase Windows 8.1 from official Windows website as well as from your local store.
One good thing about Windows 8.1 purchase is that you'll be able to download or purchase full version of Windows 8.1 from Windows store or your local store. In other words, you'll not need any existing Windows OS installed in your computer to be able to install Windows 8.1. You'll be able to perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1 without any need of upgrading existing Windows version to Windows 8.1.
If you purchase a new computer in future and if it already comes with Windows 8.1 installed, you'll be able to upgrade it to Windows 8.1 Pro for $99.99. If your computer contains Windows 8.1 Pro, you'll be able to purchase Windows Media Center pack for $9.99.
Now lets talk about upgrade paths!
If you upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, it'll be absolutely free.
If you upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8.1, your personal documents and files will be safe but you'll need to install all 3rd party software again.
If you want to upgrade from Windows XP or Vista to Windows 8.1, that's not possible. You'll need to take a backup of your important files and then perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1.
So what's your plan? Will you upgrade to Windows 8.1 once it becomes available to public or are you planning to format your system to perform a fresh installation of the brand new Windows 8.1 OS? Feel free to share your comment...
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