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Win 8 Will Run You $40

Microsoft really wants you to buy Windows 8. How much? You can upgrade to the professional version for just $40. The poor saps who bought Vista had to shell out a minimum of $120 to get off that load and onto the proper Windows 7 (most were probably happy to pay it!).

My guess is the dirt cheapness is because Win 8 doesn't compete with the Mac or desktop Linux. Microsoft is now entering the tablet wars and it wants a coalition willing to resist the charms of the iPad and the low price of Android.

And for an extra $15, you get a backup copy of Win 8 on DVD. Now that's the real bargain.

Is this a cool deal? If not, what would you spend $40 on? Answers to both welcome at

Posted by Doug Barney on 07/09/2012 at 1:19 PM

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Reader Comments:

Wed, Jul 25, 2012 ed samuelson

This looks like Vista 2. Vista was a poorly designed, bloated, inefficient OS that never worked correctly. Metro is a bloated OS, obscured operating controls? Turn power off by unplugging the power cord! Really! This is the end of the desktop, and unfortunately the end of Microsoft. Most consumers need a computer for Internet (mail,chat, facebook,web, ebooks, pdfs etc). as a camera for photos and videos, and to a small degree to compose documents. Under $500 IPADs and other REFINED tablets meet that goal with NO BLOAT!. The screen resolution of the IPAD is 4 times that of most present day laptops. A 20 GB Operating system requirement is ridiculous. Internet Explorer Browseris bloated, a virus hog and is crap.

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

Will people be able to upgrade from xp to windows 8 at that price? That might make it a little more attactive. But without a start button and a viewable program list, I'm not sure this is going to take off in the desktop enviroment.

Tue, Jul 10, 2012

I agree with Tom from Ohio... Microsoft is terrible at PR and hopes that their shear numbers will win the day for them. They should've been selling this along time ago. I would like to see this on a tablet with touch technology... How would Desktop be? Also, I do think that the buttons are nice. I tried it and like it.

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 Bruce Deland, FL

Yeah, $40 is cheap for an O/S upgrade - IF I were going to upgrade. After playing with the previews I see no added value for myself. For tablets I'm fine with my iPad3. I still think Metro is ugly. Going to sit this one out, I think.

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 Tom S

Win8 is pretty cool on a tablet, and I've been using it for several months now. However that being said I'm not too happy about it on the desktop, nor am I happy about the loss of the start button and aero theme. So for now I will stay with Win7 on the desktop (and 2k8R2 on the svr) but will be using Win8 on the tablet. Also look forward to Win8 phones and the added functionality that should come with it. So in summary: Metro/Win8 on the phone and tablet - cool; Win 8/Svr2012 on the destop - juries out.

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 Bob The South

I've used the Windows 8 Preview and if given a copy would throw it in the trash. No, I would not pay $40 (*or* $55) for the "privilege" of running Windows 8. I pretty much agree with Tom. Without a touch screen Windows 8 is a dog and I can't see using a touch screen on the desktop. Hasn't MS tried that one before (Surface anyone)?

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 Tom Hockman Dublin, Oh

As I test Windows 8 Release Preview in a VM environment, I'm astonished that Microsoft is betting the farm on this OS. It's so radically different, so bolted together with pieces/parts (like pseudo desktop), and so unintuitive with mouseover functions that I have to believe there will be widespread consumer revolt when they open their new PCs in the fall and find Windows 8 on them. They will go running back to the store and demand Windows 7. Microsoft is going to have to do much better messaging and training to convince people to make this leap. Without a better OS to sell, Windows 8 is the next Microsoft Bob.

Mon, Jul 9, 2012 Larry Florida

Wow...Glad you know so much Windows 8. Cannot compete and it's not even out yet. Nothing like wearing blinders. Now that I know that I better buy Mac this or Linux that. Thanks for saving me a bundle.

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