If you are thinking of upgrading your current computer to Windows 8 Pro, you'll want to buy and download Windows 8 by January 31st because the prices will go up substantially on February 1. Currently an upgrade to Win 8 Pro from Windows 7, Vista, and XP is $39.99, but it will increase to $199.99 this Friday. These prices are for copies of the software that are directly downloaded from the Internet.
Should You Upgrade to Windows 8?
In the past few months of testing different PCs with Windows 8, I have strong opinions about the new operating system. Having used the new operating system on both conventional and touchscreen laptops, it is much easier to use when you can tap the screen. And, as it is unlikely that your current PC has a touchscreen, my initial recommendation would be to stick with Windows 7.
Pros in favor of upgrading to Windows 8:
- live messages show you new mail, Facebook, messages, and other updates on your "Metro" home screen.
- faster boot times - the computer starts much faster when you turn it on or when it wakes from sleep mode
- easy to download new apps
- as time goes by, more programs will be released for Windows 8 that won't be compatible with Windows 7.
- If you have Windows Vista or Windows XP, you may be able to extend the life of your computer a few more years
Cons against upgrading to Windows 8:
- This is a whole new operating system, with new menus and ways of interacting with a computer (and it could be as confusing as it would be to change from PC to Mac).
- awkward to use with a conventional touchpad mouse or touchscreen capabilities
Buy it now if you think you might want to upgrade later
If you are not sure whether or not you want to upgrade, consider buying it for $40 rather than getting stuck with the full price later. There are no limitations regarding when you install the app, so you can upgrade months (or years?) from now if you want. Here is where you can buy and download Windows 8