Microsoft is trying to make it easy for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. Here is how you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99:
Step 01: Go to Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then installation.
Step 02: The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. If you want to start fresh, you can choose Nothing.
Step 03: The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant kicks off your download. It has a built-in download manager that allows you to pause and continue your download at any time as well as a check to ensure your download completes successfully.
Step 04: After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.
Step 05: If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes.
If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion. This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.