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Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 pricing

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The operating system will be available as a download from Windows.com or as a retail packaged DVD product.
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As it has been already announced, Windows 8.1 will be a free download for current Windows 8 users. Today, Brandon LeBlanc posted fresh details about Windows 8.1 on the official Windows blog. 

Pricing of the operating system might vary by market, but the United States will get Windows 8.1 for $119.99 and Windows 8.1 Pro for $199.99. Customers will be able to choose a traditional packaged DVD or a digital download, while Windows 7 users will get to use the built-in upgrade feature. This way, all the old files will be safe, but applications will have to be reinstalled.

Unfortunately, Windows XP and Windows Vista users will have to reinstall the operating system, losing all their settings and files. "Windows 8.1 is not designed for installation on devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista. Although not designed or recommended for devices running Windows XP or Windows Vista, consumers still wanting to upgrade from Windows XP or Windows Vista should buy the retail DVD instead of using the download and boot from the DVD to do a clean install of Windows 8.1." wrote LeBlanc.

Even more, an upgrade from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro will be priced at $99.99, while Windows 8.1 Pro users will be able to purchase Windows Media Center for $9.99.

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09-17 (Update: 2013-09-18)