As the part of Microsoft windows 8 operating system, Microsoft set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if you are using Operating system as Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will become licensed to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99 in 131 markets. You can add Windows Media Center for free of cost through the “add features” option in Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade complete. Same like Mac Loin upgrade!
The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will provide a detailed compatibility report. It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues. It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and fetch everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and applications. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to carry 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.
After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.
We can download the windows 8 upgrade version over 100 countries and 37 languages. Microsoft has simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports during upgrade process with everything from selecting language to pausing download to built-in compatibility checks.
This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.
If you want to build a machine with windows 8 or windows 8 Pro instead of upgrading from your windows version we need to purchase the media from the store.
hindustantimes : India Windows 8 upgrade cost is ~2,200 INR – http://www.hindustantimes.com/technology/PersonalTech-Updates/Windows-8-upgrade-to-cost-Rs-2-190/SP-Article1-882668.aspx