Classic Start 8 Free Traditional Start Menu Style for Use with Windows® 8
Introductory Pricing Ends for Windows® 8
As the month of January ended so did upgrading to Windows® 8 at its introductory price, which has now risen from about $37 USD to $199 USD for the Windows® 8 Pro edition. Only qualifying students will be able to grab a discount of $69.99 USD for Windows® 8 Pro. Windows XP®, Windows Vista® or Windows® 7 users can now expect an upgrade to cost at a minimum $119 USD for basic Windows® 8. The basic version of Windows® 8 is functionally the same as Windows® 7 Home Premium, which contains less professional tools then the Windows® 8 Pro edition, although they are rarely used by a standard user.
Interestingly, the Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) version of Windows® 8 is priced much lower than the upgrade version. Oftentimes, the OEM version is easier to install for the user because the upgrade is applied on the older, already installed version of the system. In the end, users thinking about Windows® 8 should consider all these options before buying an upgrade.