Windows 8: Upgrading, downgrading and pricing (part 1)

Ed's Blogue

Most consumer PCs are sold with the base Windows 8 edition. This is the most economical time to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft’s sales lifecycle for Windows (which is different from its support lifecycle) specifies that retailers will be able to sell the boxed version of Windows 7 until at least October 25. 2013, and OEMs can sell PCs with Windows 7 pre-loaded until October 25, 2014.

Retail upgrades of Windows 8 have a limited warranty of one year. On OEM PCs, Windows has a limited warranty of 90 days supported by the PC maker.

Upgrading:

Your PC qualifies for an upgrade if it has a valid license for Windows XP, Vista, or 7. If the PC came with any edition of Windows XP or Windows Vista or Windows 7 and has a certificate of authenticity sticker affixed to it, it’s eligible for a discounted upgrade. From…

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