My clearest understanding, the bottom line from all the MS talk about upgrades. Since I am running Release Preview on a drive that never had a previous Windows Install, I will neither be able to upgrade, nor migrate to Win8 Pro for the $39.99. I might be able to do a clean install for the $69.99 when I walk in the store on October 26th. I better get a definitive answer at that time, or I won't gamble on 8--unless Full Retail versions are going to be sold, which does not look likely at this stage (judging from the press releases and net chatter). A simple, 1 page table on the Windows official site would make these facts clear, but that would make way too much sense.
Microsoft offers cheapest-ever Windows upgrade(35 posts)
Pre-order Windows 8 Pro Here
Pre-order by October 24th at 2:30pm PST and get free shipping with delivery on October 26*. Starting October 26th, you'll also have the option to download Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.
@Raph, your first link is incorrect, but the site is right. CompUSA is offering OEM versions (but only from the link to the newsletter they just sent me, I can't find the link by going in from the base URL) for pre-sale which are $139.99 for PRO, the Microsoft store does not even list the OEM offerings, quite strange! EDIT: I chatted with the MS Store and they have no info about OEM offerings at this time, CompUSA must be gambling that such a product will be available soon.
Had to laugh at this option:
I hadn't come across the 'N' version before so had to look it up - it's the version without media-player - I rather suspect the pricing means that Microsoft really don't want to sell many of this one.....
Well this Edition is the one I'll get.
Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM $139.99
The rest of the stuff will probably end up in a big mess to install.
Not sure how all the upgrading works BUT know this will work fine since a volume license is for businesses only.
One more week till launch and my preferred retailer refuses to offer the $139.99 PRO OEM for pre-sale (I have reward $ with them, so I have to go that route). I find it a bitter pill to swallow that no retail, full versions will ever be sold, specially with virtualization increasing. Can OEM's be installed on different VHDs, as long as you do not try more than one at a time?
Yep, no need to hurry.
I just want folks to know to Purchase the RRO (Full Version) if and when they buy a copy of Windows 8.
There appears to be much confusion concerning Windows 8 Upgrade Editions and so forth.
Don't want my friends to buy a "Pig in Polk' Edition just because of low price and "funky" advertising.
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