Finally, Microsoft has released pricing details for the new Windows 8.1 OS update. The update will be free for those who are already running Windows 8, while users running older versions of Windows will have to shell out some cash if they want the upgrade.
The basic version of Windows 8.1 upgrade will cost $119.99 in U.S. while Windows 8.1 Pro edition would set you back by $199.99. The prices are expected to vary depending on the markets.
Also, users who will purchase computers that come with Windows 8.1 pre-installed can get Windows 8.1 Pro version for $99.99.
Users who are not running Windows 8 can to buy the latest version, either a physical copy from retail store or via a download purchase it from Windows.com. This is the first time that the Redmond giant is offering the upgrade as “full version software,” meaning that the installation will not require earlier versions of Windows in order to install Windows 8.1.
For users who wish to upgrade from Windows 7, Microsoft said they will have to reinstall all of their desktop applications including Microsoft Office, etc. For Windows XP and Vista users, they must purchase a DVD instead of using the download and boot to do a clean install of Windows 8.1.
To be on the safe side, users should create a backup of their data before installing Windows 8.1. However, Windows 8.1 is not recommended nor designed for devices running Windows Vista or XP.