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July 2, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Windows 8 upgrade promo priced at $40 for downloaded version

MIcrosoft announced today that it’s offering a special promotion for users of Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7 who want to upgrade to Windows 8.

For those customers, the upgrade will be available beginning at the general availability of Windows 8 (expected to be in October) and running through Jan. 31, 2013.

The cost will be $39.99 via Windows.com, or $69.99 on DVD through local retailers.

As part of the promotion, customers can also add Windows Media Center through the “add features” option within the product.

Before you decide whether to upgrade, it’s worth reading the caveats on what files and apps you can bring with you, especially if you’re on a version of Windows older than Windows 7.

From Microsoft’s blog:

You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files.

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