Posted by David Bernstein
As you may or may not know, Windows it is on its way and Microsoft is really pushing for it since it will run on PCs as well as tablets. If you are running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 then you will be eligible for an upgrade to Windows 8 pro for just $39.99. Not only that, but Microsoft will throw in Media Center for free.
One caveat is that this upgrade must take place via the Windows Upgrade Assistant which means you will have to download your new copy of Windows rather than get it on disk. A DVD copy of the upgrade will cost you $69.99. The upgrade assistant can supposedly transfer things like Windows settings, applications and personal files depending on what version you are upgrading from.
The upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro is good through January 31, 2013. If you download the upgrade you can burn it to DVD for later use since it comes in an ISO format.