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Microsoft Announces Windows 8 Preorder Availability

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Two weeks before the official launch of the new operating system, Microsoft today announced the pre-order availability of Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

The offer is now posted on the websites of numerous retailers and is priced at $69.99. This price applies to the actual physical upgrade package, including the Windows 8 product box that now comes in five different designs, as well as the upgrade DVD.

Keep in mind that this will be an "introductory" offer and prices may end up at the official list price of $199.99. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade also does not include the "Pro Pack", priced at $69.99, which comes with Bit Locker data encryption, the Smart Screen filter for web browsing, VPN connection technology DirectAccess as well as the Media Center extensions, which you will need if you want to play DVDs on your PC.

If you can wait until October 26, you can upgrade your PC via Windows.com and pay $39.99 for the online upgrade, if you are running Windows XP, Vista or 7. Microsoft reminded us that those PC buyers who have bought or will buy a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, there will be an offer to upgrade for $14.99 beginning on October 26.

The full, standard version of Windows 8 will be priced at $99.99, while the Pro version will cost $139.99.

 

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    jakes69 , October 12, 2012 11:52 PM
    I got vista...it's well worth $40.

    People also said Vista sucks...I don't see the problem after service pack 1 update.
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    echondo , October 12, 2012 11:05 PM
    Uh, no?

    Sorry but Windows 8 belongs on touchscreen devices, not desktops.

    Gonna stick to Windows 7 for as long as possible and then switch to Linux when Steam has a good amount of games on there.

    Totally saves me $100's when building new systems!
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    echondo , October 12, 2012 11:05 PM
    Uh, no?

    Sorry but Windows 8 belongs on touchscreen devices, not desktops.

    Gonna stick to Windows 7 for as long as possible and then switch to Linux when Steam has a good amount of games on there.

    Totally saves me $100's when building new systems!
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    twelve25 , October 12, 2012 11:18 PM
    So far, Linux is what seems to belong on touchscreen devices. I think you have it backwards.
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    ravinmachine , October 12, 2012 11:18 PM
    Just waiting to see all those stores having midnight openings set up, and all they have are a few people in line so they can get the newest blue-rays instead.
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    thecolorblue , October 12, 2012 11:23 PM
    you can use the digital upgrade license code as an upgrade license fro m vista or XP to windows 7

    ...so says Anandtech!!!
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    jaber2 , October 12, 2012 11:28 PM
    No thanks, will wait for your fixes on Windows 9 SP2
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    jakes69 , October 12, 2012 11:52 PM
    I got vista...it's well worth $40.

    People also said Vista sucks...I don't see the problem after service pack 1 update.
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    ricdiculus , October 13, 2012 12:27 AM
    DO NOT BUY THIS. YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE END OF THE DESKTOP PC! Just ask Ballmer.
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    SteelCity1981 , October 13, 2012 12:46 AM
    Windows 7 is all i need why would i go buy Windows 8 just to make it look like Windows 7. Pretty counter productive if you ask me. They can push these prices all they want and it's not going to matter much. Corp just recently upgraded to Windows 7 they are moving to a new OS anytime soon. Many avg consumors are happy with Windows 7 and while many of those people buy a pc with Windows 8 they won't take kindly to the change and most likely downgrade back to Windows 7.
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    nieur , October 13, 2012 2:11 AM
    Windows 8 is not meant for corporations. Microsoft is pushing Metro/Windows 8 UI to attract developers
    As the windows phone user base is not very large app developers are reluctant to invest so if metro apps are also available desktop developers will have huge user base and many good apps will come for windows 8. which will result in success of windows 8 tabs and phones.
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    CaedenV , October 13, 2012 2:15 AM
    I'm jumping in. 4 copies of win8 (2 desktops, 2 laptops), and 2 WP8 phones are what I am planning on this fall.
    If it works as expected, then great. If it falls on it's face, then I will be moving to an Android/Linux platform next time. I would try the android/linux platform now except that I still have too much software that is OS dependent, but as more and more programs have web and open platform solutions I find that my older software suites are slowly being replaced, and once they all are then I will be a little more free to change platforms at will.
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    CaedenV , October 13, 2012 2:23 AM
    ricdiculusDO NOT BUY THIS. YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE END OF THE DESKTOP PC! Just ask Ballmer.

    I hear this argument a lot, and then I hear the same people talk about how win7 is 'all a person could ever need'.

    So... if win7 is all you need... then why not just buy a few retail copies that you can install on future machines and be done with it?
    Besides, win8 is a much better desktop platform than win7. Better hardware use, better task manager, better/simpler UI (though I do miss Aero a little), and better multi-screen support. I pretty much never see the metro interface in my use (when you go to sleep from desktop, then when you log in it starts you on desktop). But maybe it is just me?
    My fear is that they screw up WP8 somehow. If WP8 ends up sucking, then I will stick with win7 and get an Android.
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    Anonymous , October 13, 2012 2:30 AM
    ugh, for the 1.5 billion M$ spent on marketing they could have made a OS better than 7. instead than give us some garbage and hope we are dumb enough to buy it because it's a new version. I will be using 7 until a version comes along that isn't horse crap.
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    ojas , October 13, 2012 3:28 AM
    What is going to be the final cost of the Pro version?

    $70, $140 or $200?

    also
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    The Windows 8 Pro upgrade also does not include the "Pro Pack", priced at $69.99, which comes with Bit Locker data encryption, the Smart Screen filter for web browsing, VPN connection technology DirectAccess as well as the Media Center extensions, which you will need if you want to play DVDs on your PC.

    how dumb, isn't that why you buy a "pro" version in the first place?
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    tobalaz , October 13, 2012 3:50 AM
    Windows 8 pre-orders announced...
    People lining up for blocks the day before launch to get the last remaining retail copies of Windows 7 off the shelves...
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    southernshark , October 13, 2012 3:56 AM
    I can't wait. As a Win 7 normal user, I look forward to upgrading to 8 pro for 40 bucks.

    thumb me down if you like, but remember....

    Haters gonna hate.
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    agnickolov , October 13, 2012 6:54 AM
    For an HTPC you need to shell the extra $69 for Media Center. At that price ($139 + $69 = $208) Windows 7 is a better choice.
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    JOSHSKORN , October 13, 2012 9:50 AM
    ricdiculusDO NOT BUY THIS. YOU ARE SUPPORTING THE END OF THE DESKTOP PC! Just ask Ballmer.

    I will not depend on anything that doesn't run Crysis. A phone won't run Crysis. Desktops FTW!
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    assasin32 , October 13, 2012 10:08 AM
    Just going to buy it if they do the typical cheap student discount and wait till SP1 and disable metro and not bother with the windows store, weither or not there be an official way to do that to metro is another story. If I have to I install a different GUI, though I doubt it be that bad. Those are the two main issues I keep hearing people complain about, both of which are fixable or will be shortly after release. Granted they should have had more common sense when it came to messing with an interface that worked, but lets just face it every other OS MS makes seems to work good from the get go so it is Win8 turn to crash and burn upon release.
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    sharkezo , October 13, 2012 11:24 AM
    a lot of people will keep using windows 7 for several years
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    john_4 , October 13, 2012 12:33 PM
    Pass on this one and all the rest of MS from now on.
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