Windows 8.1 Available for Pre-order Now

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that is now accepting pre-orders for Windows 8.1. The catch is that you'll have to be in the United States to secure yourself a pre-order, because Redmond doesn't seem to have opened pre-orders elsewhere just yet.


As discussed previously, Windows 8.1 will be officially released on October 18, 2013 (that's actually 12:00am on October 18th in New Zealand, so 4:00 a.m. PT 7:00 a.m. ET on October 17). Those who are already running Windows 8 will receive the upgrade to 8.1 for free, but those will on Windows 7 and below will need to pay for the pleasure to use the new Start Screen.

Pricing for Windows 8.1 will be the exact same as for the version before it: $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro will be available for $199.99. What's different from Windows 8, however, is that upgrade versions will be full version software. New PC owners with Windows 8.1 can upgrade to the Pro version for $99.

Hit up Microsoft's website to pre-order. We'll keep you posted on the pre-order status for other regions.

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  • Anonymous
    I would rather use Windows 2000 than windows 8. I will stick to win xp, win 7 and Linux Mint 12.
  • Quarkzquarkz
    The real question is, when can we do the free upgrade from Windows 8 to windows 8.1? I need to know Thx in advance!!
  • Bloob
    *sigh* another win 8 post. I'll just call for the whambulance right away.