How To Get Windows 8 For The Lowest Possible Price

Christian Cawley 23-08-2012

how to get windows 8 cheapMicrosoft’s new Windows 8 operating system means change – with a capital “C” – for anyone interested in purchasing new PCs and laptops in the coming months.


The introduction of the Metro UI – now apparently known simply as “Windows 8” – has proved controversial. Designed primarily as a touch-based user interface, the tiles and hidden menus of the new Start screen and the relegation of the old Windows desktop seems to have dismayed many people.

However, Microsoft believe they are playing catch-up to Apple in the tablet computer and UI stakes. They’ve already announced the Windows 8-powered Surface tablet, and the whole touch interface aspect of Windows 8 is influenced by the touch-based changes Apple introduced in Mac OS X Lion.

Whether the mixed reviews of the preview releases of Windows 8 have influenced pricing or Microsoft are simply taking a leaf out of Apple’s book isn’t quite clear, but the price of a new copy of Windows 8 will be noticeably lower than a comparative copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7.

Indeed, there is a chance of purchasing Windows 8 for under $15!

The Apple Model

Have Microsoft based their new operating system pricing on the relatively low prices offered by Apple?


Mac OS X 10.8 costs just $19.99 when downloaded from the App Store (currently the only option) while the previous Mac OS X 10.7 was available for $24.99 on DVD.

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This is in stark contrast to Windows 7; upon release, this popular operating system was a massive $154 for the Home Premium version!

It doesn’t look as though this is a one-off, either – the inclusion of the Microsoft Store in Windows 8 means that subsequent releases can be made available via download. Will users accept much higher prices for downloadable updates? It is unlikely, so it could be that future versions of Windows stay around the $39.99 upgrade price rather than the brand new disc option at $69.99.


Hmm, $39.99 doesn’t sound too bad, does it?

Upgrading from Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7

While not the lowest price on offer on this page, the prospect of getting a new copy of Windows for $39.99 is pretty tempting. Sure, it might have the touch-based user interface formerly known as Metro, but it also has a desktop view and full backward compatibility with Windows 7 applications.

Additionally, Windows 8 is designed to run apps – many of which are free – from the Microsoft Store.

cheapest way to get windows 8


So how do you get a copy of Windows 8 for $39.99? The secret is to already run a legal copy of Windows XP, Vista or 7 and use the upgrade path. There are three versions of the new OS: Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro and Windows 8 RT. The latter is for ARM tablets, while the former has fewer features (but should be fine for the vast majority of users). As there were so many versions of Windows 7 (six main editions alone) this will make choosing a copy much easier.

Note that while the operating system might be relatively cheap, the amount of time it takes for you to upgrade from Windows XP might not be. Vista and 7 can be easily upgraded, meaning that vital data and applications will be retained during the process (although anything you don’t wish to lose should be backed up, of course). For Windows XP users, however, backing up all vital data is necessary before installation of the new OS.

If you’re using Windows XP, the chances are that you’ve had your computer for five or six years. Upgrading for just under $40 therefore is an opportunity not to be missed!

Bought a Windows 7 PC Recently? No Problem!

Remarkably, $39.99 isn’t the cheapest option for purchasing Windows 8. If you are buying a Windows 7 computer before January 31st 2013, Microsoft will offer an upgrade for a super-low $14.99! It isn’t just any upgrade either – this option also offers Windows 8 Pro!


All you need to do to qualify is buy a new computer with a legal copy of Windows 7 preinstalled, head to Windows Upgrade Offer and register your details.

When the offer is available, Microsoft will then email purchase instructions and require payment, and you’ll then be able to download your copy of Windows 8 Pro for that super low price!

Use The Windows 8 Release Preview

If all of this seems a bit too much trouble and you’re not all that bothered about buying Windows 8 until you have got used to it, the Windows 8 Release Preview will be available to use until January 16, 2013.

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This means that you have plenty of time to head to Microsoft’s download site and grab your copy of the preview which can be installed as an upgrade, as a dual-booted OS or as a virtual machine.

After all, what’s the point of spending money on an operating system as radically different as Windows 8 if you don’t like it? Try before you buy!


There are three ways in which you can get a copy of Windows 8 without breaking the bank. Whether you choose to take the upgrade path from your current version of Windows or you’re buying a new PC, laptop or hybrid tablet now and want to have the option to upgrade when the new OS is released or even if you want to try it for free first, there is an option to cover any budget.

What is most interesting about this whole Windows 8 upgrade scenario however is that is seems to signal a sea-change in pricing from Microsoft.

Image Credits: Windows 8 RT via Tornedo500, Mac OS X 10.8 via Olivewarbler

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  1. krishanu
    February 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    go to any torrent site and write windows 8.iso with activator and download for free the cheapest ever

  2. teeeeeeee
    January 2, 2013 at 3:46 am

    I do not get it,I have two new laptop one with eight and one with 7. I just did the upgrade. The desk top view on 8 is the same as 7. their appears to be no reason not to upgrade for the cheap price.

  3. Carolyn Barnett
    November 1, 2012 at 4:00 pm

    I would love to own windows 8.

  4. Jeremiah Iliffe
    October 28, 2012 at 7:35 am

    Windows 7 was great, I wonder if windows 8 can top it... or if it will be a flop like Vista

  5. esch
    September 7, 2012 at 7:44 am

    Pretty excited about Win8, but wouldn't it be better if it was like Win7 with the Metro UI as an app?

    I use my computer for WAY too much serious stuff (high volume photo editing, video editing etc) to be dicking around constantly with the Metro BS. I ***DETEST*** even having a login screen for the 2 second annoyance that presents... Of course, I use 500mb/s SSD and the machine boots in 20 seconds, so 2 seconds is 10% slower.

    But what really concerns me is the fact that I am also sys admin for a business with 2 servers, two separate intranets and about 30 computers in each (I have other duties too of course). NONE of these computers should have the Metro stuff on them AT ALL. EVER. These are work machines. I am constantly cracking down on people wasting time with bullsh apps like MSN Messenger. Also the idea that NOBODY could get on if we lose internet is terrifying.

    We lose internet access about 2-3 times a month for various reasons (we are in a typhoon prone area in Asia and my predecessor was very messy with his network setup).

    So basically Win8 is a total no-go unless the Metro can be an add-on and Win8 is the platform.

  6. Cody Adkins
    September 1, 2012 at 6:48 pm

    You can go to the windows upgrade and say you bought a PC after June 1, 2012 and get the upgrade for $15. I just did it for my Inspiron I bought in May.

  7. jpgwapo
    August 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm


  8. Jessica Coccimiglio
    August 29, 2012 at 1:33 am

    Students might be able to get Windows 8 free from their institution's DreamSpark program.

    • Cody Adkins
      September 1, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      I get it for free through my university, but it only the Computer Science major who get it for free.

      • Anonymous
        December 15, 2012 at 8:57 am

        we better get com sci major to have those for free. LOL

  9. Scutaru Razvan
    August 26, 2012 at 12:47 pm

    thank you for the great tip

  10. avec
    August 24, 2012 at 10:31 pm

    i bought my laptop on june and yeah its eligible for Windows 8 Upgrade Offer, im not really understand with Windows 8 Upgrade Offer.

    lets say if i pay for it, can i download a copy of windows 8 and do a fresh install or it will automatically upgrade from windows 7 to windows 8 ?

  11. Chris Hoffman
    August 24, 2012 at 4:06 am

    Just bought a new laptop and Microsoft would have to pay me more than $15 before I'd consider using it.

    Part of the reason I bought now is that it came with Windows 7 and not Windows 8, to be completely honest. Do not want.

  12. Sebastian Hadinata
    August 24, 2012 at 3:55 am

    Since I bought my laptop on June, it's eligible for Windows 8 Upgrade Offer, so yeah, paying $14.99 for new stuff doesn't seem so bad :3

  13. Randy Luczak
    August 24, 2012 at 1:54 am

    Thanks for the info.
    Something missing, though is a description of the difference between Windows 8 Pro and the other 2 versions.

  14. xbalesx
    August 24, 2012 at 1:35 am

    The reviews I have read are not very excited about win8. Anyone else have any hands on experience with it that can share their impressions?

    • Chris Hoffman
      August 24, 2012 at 4:05 am

      There's some good (optimizations, desktop improvements, great new task manager, built-in ISO mounting in Windows Explorer, and more)

      In my opinion it's overshadowed by the bad of the annoying new interface that insists on getting in your way. Maybe if you're running it on a touchscreen PC/laptop combination it makes more sense.

      I tend to agree with this usability expert:

      It's given me a lot to write about, but I'll continue running it in a virtual machine and using Windows 7. Hopefully Microsoft will get the message from reviewers and users.

  15. Ron Morrow
    August 23, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    It sounds like it is a "loss leader" to get people to upgrade so they can be sold on the Microsoft store.

  16. anon
    August 23, 2012 at 10:41 pm

    15 dollar upgrade only available i you purchased after June 2012 - I bought a win 7 laptop in 2011 - entered fake date - got approved - hope it holds up!

    • Sebastian Hadinata
      August 24, 2012 at 3:56 am

      LOL.. I don't think it will work though.. Well, worth trying :P Good luck thought.

      • Sebastian Hadinata
        August 24, 2012 at 3:57 am

        Typo*: Good Luck though. -.-

        MUO please add the edit comment feature as soon as possible ;D

    • Yash Desai
      August 24, 2012 at 6:54 am

      I did the same thing with my laptop that i bought in may 2012, it should work because i dont see how theyre going to verify when you bought your computer

    • Ruben Marrero
      August 24, 2012 at 1:15 pm

      Not a windows fan, but I can update my daughter lapto, she might like the upgrade

    • Creal
      November 23, 2012 at 1:43 am

      I do the same.. it success, and now i have legal windows 8 for only 15$.
      But i dont think it works on any other country..

  17. fatihamzah
    August 23, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    ive bought Windows 7 in FPP not pre-installed. :( i cannot use win8upgrade offer for 14.99$.. well, i dont think this windows 8 is good for me, until i bored with my windows 7 HP i just love to this windows 7 interfaces. Anyone agree to me? :)

  18. Edgar Meixueiro
    August 23, 2012 at 9:42 pm

    I hope Windows 8 is worth it. I prefer to wait.

    • Silviu Despa
      August 25, 2012 at 3:15 pm

      I hope so too but the way I see it nothing's going to replace Windows 7...

    • Hunbuhbhuygb Ygygbgybygb
      December 14, 2012 at 1:24 am

      Buy windows 8 now,dont install,keep the product key and wait first.