How will consumers react to the radical design changes Microsoft made to Windows in Windows 8? We're about to get our first glimpse. Starting today, you can pre-order the upgrade version Windows 8 Pro, as well as order Windows 8-based PCs, which will ship when the OS launches on October 26, 2012. You can also find OEM copies of Windows 8 being sold on a pre-order basis.
Newegg, for example, is selling four different versions , including a Pro Pack (product key card with no media):
The Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and Pro Pack may end up costing more after an undetermined promotional period. If you click on either entry, Newegg lists the full price as $200 for the former and $100 for the latter. As for the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro, both are available in either 32-bit or 64-bit form, and priced the same regardless of which one you purchase.
Finally, Microsoft is quick to remind customers that if you purchase an eligible Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you'll be eligible an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $15, redeemable on October 26.
Anyone planning to pre-order Windows 8? Before you decide one way or the other, be sure to check our Windows 8 review .