Windows 8 prices going up (to as high as $200) on February 1st

Microsoft’s introductory pricing for Windows 8 ends on January 31st, 2013. Up until then you can still upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro for $39,99, or upgrade an eligible PC purchased in the last 6 months to Windows 8 standard for $19.99.

Starting February 1st those prices will go up.

Windows 8 Pro

That’s when you’ll have to pay $100 to $200 to upgrade a PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8. Here’s the run-down:

  • Windows 8 upgrade: $119.99 suggested retail price
  • Windows 8 Pro upgrade: $199.99 suggested retail price
  • Windows 8 Media Center Pack: $9.99
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack: $99.99

The Media Center Pack lets you add Windows Media Center to a Windows 8 PC, along with the codecs to support DVD playback in Windows Media Player.

Microsoft’s Windows 8 Pro Pack provides an upgrade path from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro.

If you’re building a PC from scratch rather than updating from an earlier version of Windows, you’ll also be able to pick up a “System Builder” version. System Builder prices start at $100 right now — but it’s not clear if they’ll also be going up starting February 1st.

via Blogging Windows

  • Matthew Carlino

    got Linux?

  • strider_mt2k

    Wow, I’m amazed at what I won’t be spending on the OS I’m not buying.

  • David Gosnell

    February 1st: The day Microsoft really, truly and absolutely finally lose the plot.

  • sola

    No problem with it, I have been on Ubuntu/Mint and Android for a long while.

    They can raise it to the sky, it won’t matter to me.

    On second thought, I will have to prepare for a higher amount of Linux support requests from family and friends.

  • MrGizmo757

    Microsoft is putting the lid on the coffin with these prices. Windows 8 already isn’t selling. last time I looked sales rates only showed 1.3% jacking up the price to $200 will stop Windows 8 sales in their tracks. Microsoft is so out of touch with todays Market its becoming Comical.