Windows 8.1 Upgrade Will Cost £75 in the UK

Windows 8.1 will be officially released in a month on October 18, 2013 (that's actually 12:00 AM on October 18 in New Zealand, so 4:00 AM PT, 7:00 AM ET on October 17 or noon on October 17 in the UK). Those who are already running Windows 8 will receive the upgrade to 8.1 for free, but those on Windows 7 and below will need to pay for the pleasure to use the new Start Screen. Microsoft earlier this week revealed that customers in the U.S. could expect to pay $119.99 for Windows 8.1 and $199.99 for Windows 8.1 Pro. But what about the UK?

 

According to Crave, Windows users in the UK will pay £75 for Windows 8.1 or £125 for the professional version of the software. Of course, if you already have Windows 8 on your computer, you can upgrade for free, just like in the States. If you're looking to go from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Pro, you'll have to pay a £62 upgrade cost.

If you're making the jump from Windows 7, you will have to reinstall desktop apps such as Office. Those upgrading from Windows XP and Vista will have to start clean as files, settings, and programs will not transfer. Furthermore, Microsoft recommends those upgrading from XP or Vista to purchase a retail boxed copy and perform a clean install.

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  • totemomt
    It is no wonder average people do not understand windows 8, the way the title for this article is worded is really misleading. 8.1 is only an update if you already have Win 8 installed! It is not an update for windows 7, it is a different operating system.

    The "update" is free. A new operating system is not.
    Just like it has been for the last 10 years....
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  • Fredrik Aldhagen
    Windows 7 users have to pay for Windows 8.1, but they also don't need it since they already have a functioning start menu :P
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  • totemomt
    It is no wonder average people do not understand windows 8, the way the title for this article is worded is really misleading. 8.1 is only an update if you already have Win 8 installed! It is not an update for windows 7, it is a different operating system.

    The "update" is free. A new operating system is not.
    Just like it has been for the last 10 years....
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  • SpadeM
    "Of course, if you already have Windows 8 on your computer, you can upgrade for free, just like in the States. If you're looking to go from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Pro, you'll have to pay a £62 upgrade cost"

    So which one is it? Free or 62 pounds? Also .. has anyone actually seen retail copies of 8? Besides the OEM ones i mean.
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  • Sangeet Khatri
    Just for reference, Apple's Mountain Lion costs only 20 dollars for the full version and Linux which is far more secure and hackable (and which I use) is free.

    I think microsoft is going ridiculous for the pricing.
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