With Windows 8 officially launching in under two weeks, Microsoft and its retail partners have finally begun taking pre-orders for Windows 8. As with prior Windows pre-order promotions, several retailers are participating, including a number of brick & mortar retailers along with e-tailers such as Newegg, Amazon, and even Microsoft’s own online store.

Microsoft will essentially be handling the launch of Windows 8 in two phases: pre-order and launch. The pre-order phase is primarily geared towards buyers looking for boxed copies of Windows and with delivery on the 26th; unsurprisingly these boxed copies are priced notably higher than Microsoft’s download options. As for buyers looking to take advantage of Microsoft’s previously announced $39.99 download offer, that promotion will not begin until the launch on the 26th when Windows 8 actually ships. On that note, as previously announced both the boxed and download copies will be offered with promotional pricing, with Microsoft and its partners selling the upgrades at a significant discount until January 31, 2013.

Windows 8 SKUs
  Windows 8 Upgrade Windows 7/Vista/XP Upgrade Full Version Price
Windows 8 Pro Pack X - - $69
Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (Boxed) - X - $69
Windows 8 Pro Upgrade (Download) - X - $39
Windows 8 (Core) OEM - - X $99
Windows 8 Professional OEM - - X $139

For buyers looking for physical copies, retailers are taking pre-orders for both upgrade and full editions of Windows 8. For Windows X/Vista/7 users Microsoft is offering a single upgrade package, the Windows 8 Professional Upgrade, which has a list price of $99 but is being offered at $69 for the life of the promotion. Meanwhile the download version that will be made available on the 26th will have a $39 promotional price, putting a $30 premium on boxed copies.

As for Windows 8 (core) users – primarily those who buy computers with Windows 8 pre-installed – Microsoft is offering the Windows 8 Pro Pack upgrade for upgrading a Windows 8 (core) installation to Windows 8 Pro. Like the Win7 upgrade, this too is being offered at a promotional price of $69 with a list price of $99.

Finally, full versions of both Windows 8 (core) and Windows 8 are also being offered for pre-order, but only in OEM form at this time. There isn’t a publicly announced discount on these, so the list price of $99 for Windows 8 (core) and $139 for Windows 8 Professional should be the final price, which also closely matches the price for OEM copies of Windows 7. We haven’t seen retail full versions of Windows 8 appear for sale yet, and while there are rumors going around that Windows 8 will be OEM-only, it has not been confirmed by Microsoft.

Source: Microsoft

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  • steven75 - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    My favorite is the ads shown in the Metro (Modern) weather app even though you paid for the OS.
  • atata - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    I want to know whether they will offer full retail box version.
    I know there's been some information that they won't, and that is not good.
    OEM version basically forbids you from changing motherboard forever according to license. I want actual full version.
  • vicbee - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    Isn't $39.99 closer to $40 than $39?
  • Belard - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - link

    Yep! But it seems to fool stupid people!
  • colonelpepper - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    Vista --> Win 7 Professional

    that's what i'll be using this "Win 8" upgrade for.
    The upgrade key can be used to activate a Windows 7 License.

    My home theater PC is going to be so nice with Win 7... and for $39 only!!!
  • B3an - Monday, October 15, 2012 - link

    Win 8 is FAR better than 7 for a home theatre PC. And if you get the $39.99 upgrade from MS you also get the Windows Media Center add-on for free.

    You'd be a fool to use Win 7. It's slower, uses more RAM and there will definitely be many Win 8 apps for video/media coming. Netflix already have an app.
  • Belard - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - link

    That is only your opinion.

    Uh... other than boot up, in WHAT way is Win7 slower or uses more memory? I just dropped 16GB of RAM into my 1+ week old new WIN7 setup for $80.

    Oh, it came with Media Center on the disc / during install.
  • B3an - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - link

    No it's more a fact.

    Win 7 uses more memory for EVERYTHING as it uses more memory by default. If you have a fresh install of both OS's then get up task manager you'll see that 8 uses considerably less memory and processes. This is well known. With just 1GB RAM win 8 will use roughly 125MB less. With 16GB is will use way less. And with 32GB like i have it uses a ton less than 7.


    And 8 is faster at many things, as benchmarks show. Even web browsers perform faster on Win 8. Video acceleration for certain file types also uses less CPU.
  • Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - link


    As relevant then as it is now. :-P
  • imaheadcase - Tuesday, October 16, 2012 - link

    You have ZERO idea what you are talking about. The benchmarks dont' show it faster than anyone will even know. Its like comparing 150fps to 145fps in a game. Its nill.

    You lost all credit when you said web browsers will perform better.

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