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Windows 8 upgrade pre-orders now open.

WorldWide Tech & Science. Francisco De Jesùs.

Windows 8 upgrade pre-orders now open.

The window to upgrade to the next version of Microsoft's computer operating system is now open.

Microsoft Corp. began accepting orders for Windows 8 this week. The new operating system won't be delivered until Oct. 26, however.

People who own a personal computer running earlier versions of Windows can buy the revamped system for $14.99 to $39.99.

The lower price is being offered to PC owners who have bought a machine powered by Windows 7 since June 2. Everyone else with a Windows-based computer will have to pay the higher price if they want to upgrade.

The chance to upgrade at these prices expires Jan. 31.

Microsoft designed Windows 8 so it can power both traditional PCs and tablet computers in response to the iPad's popularity.

From the Microsoft site:

Get the PC you need today and upgrade later

  1. Buy a Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013. * 
    (You can even use our PC Selector to help you choose.)
  2. Register for the offer at windowsupgradeoffer.com before February 28, 2013.
  3. We'll send you an email with your promotion code and purchase instructions whenWindows 8 Pro is available.
  4. Download and install Windows 8 Pro on a compatible Windows-based PC withWindows Upgrade Assistant.
Plus, the offer includes 90 days of Microsoft technical support at no charge. **

Already purchased a Windows 7 PC?

Great, we’ve still got you covered. If you bought a PC preinstalled with Windows 7 Home Basic, Home Premium, Professional, or Ultimate on or after June 2, 2012, just go to windowsupgradeoffer.com and register. We'll send you an email with your promotion code and purchase instructions when Windows 8 Pro is available. You can then download and install Windows 8 Pro on a compatible PC with Windows Upgrade Assistant.


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