Not that long ago, Microsoft revealed that they would be offering a full version of Windows 8, complete with the Windows 8.1 update, for the same price as Windows 8. While Windows 8.1 is set to be a free update for current Windows 8 users, Microsoft is now accepting pre-orders for the full version of Windows 8 with the 8.1 update already installed.
For those of you looking to install Windows 8.1 directly from DVD, you can now head over to the Microsoft Store and pre-order the operating system DVDs. Windows 8.1 runs for $119 and Windows 8.1 Pro runs for $199. Microsoft is set to roll out the Windows 8.1 update to existing Windows 8 users on October 17th, with general availability on the 18th.
While Windows 8.1 is an update to Windows 8, consumers want the flexibility to install Windows 8.1 directly onto new computers or upgrade an old installation of Windows with ease. This DVD of Windows 8.1 will allow consumers to simply insert the disk and install Windows 8.1! Microsoft is offering this alternative for consumers based on technical scenarios and in response to feedback.
Using the Windows 8.1 DVD, you can upgrade from Windows 7 and retain your personal files while having to reinstall all your software. Windows XP and Windows Vista are unable to upgrade to Windows 8.1 and Microsoft suggests booting from the Windows 8.1 DVD and doing a clean install.
You can also purchase Windows 8.1 Pro Pack for $99.99, which gives you Windows Media Center. If you are already on Windows 8.1 Pro, you can buy Windows Media Center for $9.99.
Thanks for the tip, anon!Further reading: Microsoft, Windows 8.1