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Windows 8 Upgrade Price - Includes FREE Media Center Addon
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, Media Center can be added "for free" through the "add features" option within Windows 8 Pro after the upgrade, according to Microsoft. That might not seem like much, but had Microsoft said previously that Media Center must be "acquired" via "Add Features to Windows 8" and that Media Center Pack pricing would be "in line with marginal costs."
Before you decide 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.
For those of us who prefer a bare metal start, Microsoft advise "or if you prefer to format your hard drive as part of your upgrade experience, you can do so as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup for installing Windows 8, not prior to it."