Current Windows users won’t have to shell out $200 if they want to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Microsoft today announced that if your computer is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download Windows 8 Pro for just $40. Microsoft will allow you to installed this copy from your desktop, create your own bootable USB or burn it to DVD as an .ISO file for upgrade or back up. If you want to order your own back up DVD from Microsoft, it will be $15 more plus shipping and handling. Windows 8 Pro packages at retail stores will cost you $69.99. This promotion will only be available until January 31st, 2013
Microsoft also announced its Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant. Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant is like a Windows 8 version of Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. The assistant will download Windows 8 when you purchase it from Windows.com and will let you know what hardware and software installed on your computer are compatible with Windows 8. The upgrade assistant can burn or create a bootable copy of Windows 8.