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Windows 8.1 is now available for preorder starting at $119 USD

Windows 8.1

If you are excited for Microsoft’s latest operating system, Windows 8.1, there is no longer a need wait on your purchase. Windows 8.1 is now available for pre-order at Microsoft's website with a launch date of October 18.

A copy of Windows 8.1 can be picked up for $119 and a copy of Windows 8.1 Pro can be picked up for $199. We want to remind all of our readers that if you are currently running Windows 8, you will receive a free update on October 17 and there is no need to spend any money.

Microsoft has been moving to simplify and cheapen prices of their Windows operating system. Launch prices for Windows Vista where as high as $399 a license, for the Ultimate edition with a trail of other variations available. Windows 8.1 will be available in two flavors with a max price of $199 for the Pro edition simplifying choices for the average consumer.

Click here to visit the preorder page for Windows 8.1 at Microsoft's site.

Do you have Windows 8 already? If not, do you plan on preordering a copy of Windows 8.1?

Source: The Next Web

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Windows 8.1 is now available for preorder starting at $119 USD

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LOL! Sadly, this made me check too. I still see an instance of "Window 8" in there. Sorry. :)

"..if you are currently running Window 8.."

So is this what its coming down to ,spelling of windows......pls don't read my comments I always mess up grammar and spelling

I'm running Win8 since it was released. Curious about 8.1 but since I really don't care about the start button I'm not over hyped about it. I will upgrade one of my machines and see how it goes.

So you resisted the urge of jumping off the nearest bridge because Windows 8 didn't have a start button! From all of the articles that I have read, there must have been millions of people who just ended it all because of this.

I was more than happy running windows 8 - got to say, I'm now on 8.1 and it is definitely better. The whole start button thing never bothered me, i still click in the bottom left corner

Hope they fix the almost impossible to see scroll bar in Desktop and of course Metro where the scroll bar disappears altogether sometimes. Why do that? people use the mouse and need to scroll up and down. the MS person who authorised this should be summarily executed.

Why lose functionality from a supposedly better version and also scrolling with the mouse is much slower than the scroll bar.  What does it serve to make the scroll bar almost invisible?

THese prices are about the same as they were for Windows 7. Ultimate was another thing all together.

Most increments of OS X include security and functionality improvements barely more extensive than MS's (free) service packs, so that's not really a fair comparison. Besides, I bought Win 8 when it was on its introductory offer of £29, and this update is free for those currently running Windows 8. Not bad value, that.

And OSX is still 20 dollars more than Ubuntu. Just sayin'. 
But on the point, after 14 years of XP, it still runs most Windows based applications. In contrast, after 3 years of OSX and that staying power drops off precipitously. This is what 100 bucks pays for. If you didn't know before, now you know.

That preorder part had me stumped, but then I read the article and saw that it'll be free if I'm running windows 8. Then came the sigh of relief lol

This is a huge PR problem for MS. People who don't keep up with technology are going to be confused and think that MS is trying to get more money out of them for an upgrade. MS needs to make it very clear to everyone that 8.1 is free to those who already own Windows 8. Hopefully during the restructuring, MS had the forsight to "restructure" their PR department with all new people.

You can get the Win 8 Pro upgrade disc on Amazon for around $80 now and then upgrade for free when 8.1 is released. Saves a ton of money.

7-Zip, FTW. Glad Microsoft did away with the Ultimate SKUs. Very over-priced for a small handful of features not already in Pro.

even RT 8.1 RTM was leaked weeks ago... if you had a RT you would have installed it before

I'm already running Windows 8 Pro (desktop) and Windows 8 (laptop) glad to know it will be a free upgrade for me.  Yeah!

Loving 8.1 Preview on my Surface RT, really looking forward to the big update on my PC and a bit more stability when they release the full version for RT!

Both my computers are touch screen but I seldom ever use the touch feature. But I definitely wanted that capability. But you certainly don't need it.

ADVICE for people on Windows 7: If you intend to now get W8.1 do NOT buy 8.1 directly. Go to Amazon, get the W8 upgrade instead. Then you'll get 8.1 for free while preserving all your programs, configurations etc.

If you buy 8.1 and go from Windows 7 to 8.1 directly, you'll lose your configurations and programs (just not files).

Be smart ;)

I'd just do a full wipe and install. Sure it's a pain to reinstall applications, but your system will run better for it,

Question:  I have Windows 8 RT.  Is RT included in this free upgrade offer or is this just for Windows 8?  I am assuming RT is not included in this upgrade.

RT 8.1 is free and it will install even the Outlook desktop App and all.
why wouldnt it be free? its not like you can pay or buy it somewhere. but its still Windows 8 (but on arm) so the license hasnt changed (it technically has but not for a legit serial like your surface will have).

it was even leaked some weeks ago. yeah, you could have 8.1 RTM in your Surface by now, and it would be ready waiting to get the final Oct 18th updates.

I'm gonna be getting Surface Pro 2 eventually, but getting 8.1 on my laptop until then would really help.

But, what if your transmission goes kaput❔... Will you be saving for that fancy laptop then❔❔❔ Will your dreams be ruined❔❔❔ Will you cry out "WHHHHYYYYY❕""
Or will you just deal with it?.... You'll probably just deal with it,, right?

Another good option, given the fact that going from W7 or prior to 8.1 causes so much fuss (loss of programs etc), they could release before the update the W8 upgrade versions at the low price they did in the beginning, thus enticing more people to go from Windows 7 to 8 and then 8.1.
Because the honestly unjustified loss of stuff from W7 to 8.1 may actually deter people from getting it. Many will probably just wait until they have to buy a new PC/laptop.

With more and more laptops being stolen and data as well. MS should make bitlocker free as standard

Windiows 8.2 will add back the Start Menu too!  Just wait and see!  LOL!  Good times are coming.... after 8.1 customer reaction!  Microsoft going be sorry they left out the Start Menu!  It going to be exactly like the desktop eventually of Window s 7!  Users not going take this radical change ....... without sounding off to change things!

I bought win 8 pro last year then just downloaded win 8.1 (not pro) installed it and then went to "add more features and entered my win 8 pro product key for an in place upgrade and it activated no problem, nice little workaround! I did buy it originally so I don't feel guilty lol

What is the advantage of upgrading your Win 8.0 Pro license to Win 8.1 (Not Pro) for free and then adding features to upgrade to 8.1 Pro with your 8.0 Pro license key over just upgrading to 8.1 Pro? Isn't the 8.1 Pro a free upgrade from 8.0 Pro?

So you upgraded now, to the pre-release version and will upgrade to the final release version on the 18th? Sorry for my lack of understanding. Just trying to figure it out.

yep, i bought that too directly from MS store last year and it upgraded my Win7 Ultimate 64-bit just fine. So yes, if you buy this, you will get the 8.1 update later in October for free. This version has 2 DVDs, one 32-bit and one 64-bit + product key.

"Do you have Windows 8 already? If not, do you plan on preordering a copy of Windows 8.1?"
 
No and no.
 
Windows 8 currently offers no significant advantages over Windows 7 for desktop users. I can understand why touch device users love Windows 8, but until the 'metro' start screen can be completely disabled I won't be making the switch on my desktop.
 
Bring on Windows 9!

then why even comment?... this is a WINDOWS 8 article, and you still care about it? lol so pathetic.

I posted because Windows 8 does a lot of things well, and I'd like to see Microsoft do well. With enough user feedback they will be able to provide a better Windows experience. Windows 8.1 is a good example of this.

Agreed. I just recently let a coworker know that they 'lack vision' because they fail to see the benefits of a Windows 8-based touch screen tablet (i.e. Surface). They actually went out and purchased a tablet running Windows 7 that had some lame touch interface slapped overtop of Windows. Sigh...

I had to zoom in on your post to make each word take up my whole monitor to read your comment. Now that I have, I can happily say that until Windows 8 allows users to disable the new start screen and brings back the start menu I won't be buying it. I believe a large portion of Microsoft's customer base agree with me, as Windows 8 has not been selling well.
 
I also believe Windows RT needs to ditch the desktop entirely. You should be able to complete all desktop tasks from within the metro interface. This would help distinguish it from the desktop version of Windows 8, especially if the desktop version came with the metro start screen disabled by default.

8 percent market share for Windows 8 isn't chump change. Seriously, try it out. Once you get a sense for navigation using hot keys it is very easy to get around and that is improved with 8.1. Use Win+X and you get the administrative tools menu from the lower left hand corner. Boot to desktop and Win+X and you pretty much have everything you want but third party start menus could work as well. Its just so much faster than Win7. File History is great for backups, SkyDrive integrations rocks, Storage Spaces are handy for bulk storage (basically thin provisioning) and under the hood, there are so many improvements that its somewhat mind boggling. This is particularly true for Enterprise features but its consumer friendly as well.

Boot to desktop is now an option for Windows 8.1. Otherwise, the benefits are significant in terms of features and performance over Windows 7. One such example is the availability of Hyper-V 3.0 for Windows 8 Pro and Enterprise. A type 1 hypervisor running in a client OS? Yeah, sign me up. Currently running 8.1 RTM and couldn't be happier. MSDN makes me happy.

How come it's not in the maket yet?! I downloaded the 8.1 pro from dreamspark and obtained my student serial key 2 weeks ago for free. It's not review edition, no watermark, and it's been activated ever since.

there's gotta be something wrong

p.s. I'm a LUC grad IT student