Microsoft will release Windows 10 on July 29th, and at that time millions of people using computers with Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 will be able to upgrade for free. In fact, Windows 10 will be a free upgrade for at least the first year after it’s released.
But what if you’re building a computer from scratch, running Windows XP, or don’t have a system that’s eligible for an upgrade for some other reason?
Then Windows 10 will be available through retail channels for $119 and up.
That’s about the same price Microsoft currently charges for Windows 8.1… although it’s worth noting that there may be a cheaper way to get a Windows 10 license.
Since Windows 10 is available as a free upgrade for Windows 7 and later, you can find a store that’s selling Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 for under $100, install the operating system and then upgrade for free on July 29th or later.
Anyway, if you do end up paying full price for Windows 10, here’s how much money you’ll end up spending:
- $119 for Windows 10 Home
- $199 for Windows 10 Pro
- $99 for Windows 10 Pro Pack, which lets you upgrade from Home to Pro
Update: Windows 10 Home OEM sells for $110, while Windows 10 Pro OEM costs $150.