Windows 8 Now Available for Pre-Order, Are You In?

Paul Lilly

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):

  • Windows 8 Professional Upgrade: $70
  • Windows 8 (Full Version): $100
  • Windows 8 Pro (Full Version): $140
  • Windows 8 Pro Pack -- Product Key Card (no media): $70

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 .

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