Microsoft reveals Windows 8.1 pricing

The operating system will be available as a download from 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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Codrut Nistor, 2013-09-17 (Update: 2013-09-18)
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Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.