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Amazon Listing Reveals Several Windows 8 Packages

By - Source: The Verge | B 11 comments

European consumers will receive a Windows 8 Pro N Version.

While Windows 8 isn't due to go on sale until October 26, Amazon UK has listed the operating system, subsequently revealing several packages.

A Windows 8 Pro upgrade edition gives users the opportunity to upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7. A Windows 8 Pro Pack bumps the Windows 8 standard edition to the Professional version.

For European consumers, a Windows 8 Pro N Version has also been confirmed, which is a similar package to the American version but doesn't contain Windows Media Player.

Both the Windows 8 Pro and Pro N editions include the operating system, with the Windows 8 Pro Pack containing a product key card that allows users to upgrade the standard edition to the Pro version.

While the listings don't reveal prices, the Windows 8 Pro edition will cost owners of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 $39.99 if they download the product online. Alternatively, it'll cost $69.99 to buy the operating system in a physical media capacity.

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    aoneone , October 11, 2012 5:18 PM
    Wait a minute, Windows 8 doesn't cost 300 to 500 US Dollars? What gives? If it's 69.99 I just might buy it! LOL Oh wait.. if it's just an upgrade and not stand-alone then I don't know. Can anyone confirm this?
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    dark_lord69 , October 11, 2012 5:30 PM
    "the Windows 8 Pro edition will cost owners of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 $39.99 if they download the product online. Alternatively, it'll cost $69.99 to buy the operating system in a physical media capacity."

    Did someone finally give Microsoft an earfull about thier crazy prices?

    I haven't seen them price an OS that low since Windows ME and plenty of us know how that OS was... Can you say trainwreck? Maybe they are anticipating that it will suck. Either way I'm not gonna jump on the Windows 8 bandwagon anytime soon (if ever).
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    rangas , October 11, 2012 5:31 PM
    That is too expensive for a downgrade on your XP or W7 systems, will not purchase.
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    rohitbaran , October 11, 2012 5:33 PM
    dark_lord69"the Windows 8 Pro edition will cost owners of Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 $39.99 if they download the product online. Alternatively, it'll cost $69.99 to buy the operating system in a physical media capacity."Did someone finally give Microsoft an earfull about thier crazy prices?

    Or maybe they are keeping the prices low because of the negative reaction.
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    ankaj , October 11, 2012 5:37 PM
    aoneoneWait a minute, Windows 8 doesn't cost 300 to 500 US Dollars? What gives? If it's 69.99 I just might buy it! LOL Oh wait.. if it's just an upgrade and not stand-alone then I don't know. Can anyone confirm this?

    For these prices you have to be upgrading from xp/vixta/7. To my knowledge it will be a fully functioning version of the os with the only requirement being you had to have a windows operating system before.
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    Zingam , October 11, 2012 6:01 PM
    Oh, my God, the Windows 8 crap avalanche! Amazon... this... Lenovo that... Logitech.... more...

    How about some real tech products news? The only non-Windows 8 shiny new crap news are that IBM introduces new storage devices.
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    Anonymous , October 11, 2012 6:08 PM
    There is something weird about the $40 version right? I thought I remember it missing something like media center....not sure can someone confirm?
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    confish21 , October 11, 2012 6:52 PM
    Running 8400 right now. Anyone know when it will expire?

    BTW: Once u uninstall all the MS metro crap tiles and customize it to your own its really slick. Every toms post about W8 gets flooded with BS but it stands as the best OS Ive ever experienced.
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    MaXimus421 , October 11, 2012 9:55 PM
    rohitbaranOr maybe they are keeping the prices low because of the negative reaction.


    This ^^

    And at this price point, it will catch a lot of attention. This was a smart move considering MS would love nothing more than for Windows 8 to flood the market and be the new OS of choice.

    But there's simply no price point that's going to get me to put a OS that should be aimed ONLY on mobile devices on my desktop. Ever. Period. The End.
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    livebriand , October 11, 2012 10:48 PM
    ankajFor these prices you have to be upgrading from xp/vixta/7. To my knowledge it will be a fully functioning version of the os with the only requirement being you had to have a windows operating system before.

    I wonder if the upgrade trick will still work - install the OS as a trial (I think you now have to put in a key, so just don't activate), and then install over it and activate.

    Of course, I'm not installing a tablet OS on my desktop anyway, so I guess it's a non-issue.
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    stephenkendrick , October 12, 2012 12:27 PM
    No indication on price? There certainly is now and guess what? It's £49.99. I ... I'm lost for words...