There is a Great news for all the Windows XP and the Windows Vista users out there.Microsoft has just announced the Windows 8 Pro upgrade program for all the versions of Windows from Windows XP and above.
So from the general availability of Windows 8 (read October) everyone with a licensed version of Windows XP,Vista and Windows 7 can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for a price of 39.99$ ranging over 131 markets worldwide and that’s not all you can avail yourself Windows Media Center for Free with the “add features” option that is available in Windows 8 Pro after the upgrade.
For helping out with your Windows 8 Pro upgrades there is a Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant program which makes the upgrade process simpler courtesy the Step by Step walk through right from the moment of purchase till you complete the download and installation of the copy to your PC.
The upgrade assistant will first of all check for your PC’s compatibility with Windows 8 to make sure that your PC can run the upcoming operating system without any hassle,providing you with the compatibility report of the same.It will also notify the users about the compatibility issues with the existing hardware devices or applications running on the PC if any.After you finish up with your purchase the assistant will automatically start the download in the in built download manager with resume support.
After the download is completed, you can either proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or you can install it at a later stage from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose the later option, you can create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes and if you want a backup DVD along with it you can purchase it for $15 plus shipping and handling.
If you are upgrading your PC from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro you will be able to retain all your Windows settings, personal files, and apps.If you are currently on a Windows Vista system you can retain Windows settings and personal files and if you are running a Windows XP version then you can only retain all your personal files while upgrading your system to Windows 8 Pro.
If you prefer to buy a physical copy of the upgrade from a store near you,you will have to Shred some extra bucks for the Packaged DVD version which will cost you 69.99$ during this promotion period.
This promotional offer will run through the public release of Windows 8 till the 31st January 2013.
Source:[Windows Team Blog]