Those wishing to upgrade from an older version of Windows can also do so for £49.99, if you wish to buy a boxed edition with optical media. This edition covers Windows XP Service Pack 3, Windows Vista and Windows 7. (Note that only Windows 7 users can upgrade without having to reinstall software applications. See: How to upgrade to Windows 8.)
The good news is that if you don’t need a box or a DVD, but you do want to upgrade to Windows 8, you can head over to windows.co.uk and purchase an upgrade via download for just £24.99 – until the end of January, at least. We’ve asked Microsoft to confirm what the price will be beyond the end of January, and will update this story when we know. See also:Windows 8 price to soar on 1 February
Once you have installed Windows 8 Pro, you can go to the Microsoft site and download and install Windows Media Center. This is no longer included in the OS by default.
Microsoft Windows 8 DVD OEM
Online retailer eBuyer has priced the standard edition of Windows 8 at £76.49. The DVD edition is available in 32-bit and 64-bit versions both for this price.
See also: How to upgrade to Windows 8
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro DVD OEM
The Pro version of Windows 8 is available to pre-order for £109.99. In the same way as the plain version this is available in 32-bit or 64-bit.
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade – from Windows 8
The retailers agree on the price of the upgrade pack from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro – the price is £49.99. The offer from Microsoft will end on 31 January.
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Microsoft Windows Upgrade Offer
Any consumers who purchased a Windows 7 PC or laptop after 2 June can upgrade to Windows 8 for £14.99 under the Windows Upgrade Offer. The offer will end on 31 January.
See also: Microsoft Surface price in the UK.