Just a friendly reminder: if you’re excited about picking up the next generation of Microsoft’s Windows operating system (and you have every reason to be! it’s pretty great, if a little quirky), you can do it in just a couple of hours.
Starting at 12:00AM Eastern on October 26th, Microsoft is going to make the digital version of Windows 8 available on its website and at retailers around the Internet. The best deal currently running is the Windows 8 upgrade pricing, which lets you upgrade your current version of Windows, whether it’s Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, to Windows 8 Pro. Traditionally, Windows upgrade licenses have ran around a hundred dollars even, but during this introductory period, Microsoft is letting users ugprade for just $39.99.
If you choose to download the new operating system, check out our guide on how to download and install Windows 8 for free. It’s full of advice you’ll want to follow in order to install the new OS onto your current system.
If you’re the kind of person that prefers holding onto a physical piece of media, however, like a DVD, then Microsoft is making you happy, too. Starting tomorrow, you’ll be able to go to a store and pick up a physical box with the disc containing Windows 8 inside. The downside? Well, while that Windows 8 Pro upgrade costs just $39.99 online, it’ll run you $69.99 to get a disc.