Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade promotion really is ending on January 31

Microsoft's Windows 8 upgrade promotion really is ending on January 31

Summary: Existing Windows licensees have until January 31 to get Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. After that, upgrade prices are on the rise.


When Microsoft announced last year a "limited time offer" for Windows 8 upgrade pricing, some thought — or at least hoped — that the discounted price might be indefinite.


Microsoft officials announced on January 18 that this will not be the case.

After January 31, the $39.99 upgrade price will end. Starting February 1, the Windows 8 upgrade (from previous Windows home/consumer SKUs) will cost $119.99. The Windows 8 Pro upgrade will cost $199.99.

Currently, Microsoft is charging $39.99 for an upgrade license to Windows 8 Pro from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

Testers who've been working with Windows 8 preview builds also have been eligible for the $39.99 upgrade price. The Windows 8 preview builds (Developer Preview, Consumer Preview, and Release Preview) all expired earlier this week. After that time, users with those builds will notice that Windows 8 will restart every hour "until they've installed a released (RTM) version of Windows," a Microsoft spokesperson confirmed earlier this week.

Here's information on what users upgrading from XP, Vista, and Windows 7 can expect to migrate (and not) when upgrading to Windows 8.

Topics: Windows 8, Microsoft, Windows


Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • Oh, I thought this had

    already ended. Good news for those who still want to take advantage of it.
    • Wow

      Love my job, since I've been bringing in $5600… I sit at home, music playing while I work in front of my new iMac that I got now that I'm making it online(Click on menu Home)

      Happy New Year!
      • ok

        what does this have to do with windows 8 promotion ending?
    • Good news for windows 7 users

      Good news for existing Windows 7 users then. I wouldn't recommend anyone upgrade to Windows 8. I wouldn't upgrade even if MS were paying me! A price rise to put Win 7 users off will surely do those users a favour!
      • "I wouldn't upgrade even if MS were paying me!"

        Good for you. Here's a quarter.
        Hallowed are the Ori
        • Actually, more than a quarter

          Not upgrading to Windows 8 will save him anywhere from $40 to $200. Sweet deal.
          • Sure...

            ... in case he is going to use W7 for 3 years or something.
          • WinXP

            People are still using it. Huge numbers of them. Ballmer must be going insane at the thought of it.
          • Waiting for forced XP migration

            At one point soon, MS will halt all XP updates. They did this for Windows 98, ME and 2000 and people were forced to finally upgrade at MS prices. But this time, MS will face a business-survival special pricing. Or they can play a game of chance and see how many millions have forsaken their laptops and PCs for a (Linux based) tablet and/or smartphone.
            As a business systems analyst, the image of MS throwing down the price gauntlet is the best chuckle I've had all day.
      • Eh?

        Spoken like someone who hasn't spent time with Win 8. I've upgraded one and have spent a bit of time getting used to it. It feels a lot like Win 7 under the hood. I find it perfectly fine.
        • Perfectly fine - not enough

          In order to justify investing in the upgrade it has to be more than perfectly fine. There has to be a compelling reason to do so. What is so compelling about Windows 8 that that would make me want to upgrade from my perfectly fine Windows 7?
      • Windows 8

        I have been using Windows 8 since the beta version came out, I really like it. It is easy to use and user friendly. I do not understand everones fuss. I realize alot of people just do not like change but they will get use to it and wonder what they did before it came out.
  • Upgrade?

    Surely the most inappropriate use of that term ever.
    • Any idea what you are talking about

      Do you have any idea about the capabilities of Windows 8 and how it works seamlessly in a corporate and consumer environment? I guess you are more good at flipping burgers than with computers.
      • Owlll1net aare you sure have any idea what you are talking about

        Do you have any idea about the POOR capabilities of Windows 8 and how it DOSEN'T works seamlessly in a corporate and consumer environment? I guess you are more good at flipping burgers than with computers.

        MORE GOOD = very poor english by the way
        Over and Out
        • Yeah, explain to me

          You claim that you are a professor in English, explain to me in detail what exactly is wrong with it.
          • Correction

            "I guess you are more good at flipping burgers than with computers." - incorrect

            "I guess you are BETTER at flipping burgers than WORKING with computers." - correct

            No English degree is needed to know proper usage. As for Windows 8, I have no idea what is wrong with it. I haven't installed it yet. :-p
          • I'll be happy to

            Here you go:


            Unless English is not your native language, you should have picked up this knowledge in junior high probably, or even earlier, along with a whole bunch of other stuff you apparently do not comprehend.
          • Anyone think...

            This persons first language is not English? He made his point and that is why he was attacked about English. If there was a valid counter, it would have been made.
          • Since when does validity count for anything around here?

            Info Dave