How To: Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $36.52(US Dollar)

After a year long of peek-a-boo, Windows 8 is finally here. Looking at how we have been using our mobile devices, Windows 8 is here to offer a seamless integration across various devices – desktops, laptops, tablets and phones. With Windows 8, Microsoft is trying to change the way we have been using our PC. If you are a Windows XP (SP3)/Vista/7 user and want to lay your hands on the new OS, then you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro instantly for only Rs 1,999, starting today until January 31,2013. Moreover, those users who have purchased a Windows 7 PC after June 2 can download the Windows 8 Pro for a discounted price. So, anyone with a Windows 7 PC bought between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of Rs 699.

Here’s a step-by-step procedure showing how you can upgrade your Windows 7 PC to Windows 8 Pro at Rs 1,999.

Step1: Go to Microsoft India website and you will find the option to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. It is a limited time upgrade available for Rs 1,999 which runs from today until January 31,2013.

Microsoft homepage

Microsoft homepage

Step2: Once you click on ‘Download Pro for INR 1999, a pop up will ask you to Save and Run it.

Install Windows 8 Updater

Install Windows 8 Updater

Step 3: It will install and start running the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant that checks if your PC can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. It provides a complete compatibility report. Basically, it will assess your system to find out if it is compabtle with Windows 8 and inform you before you buy the OS.

Checking for compatibility

Checking for compatibility

Lists out compatibility details

Lists out compatibility details

Step 4: Once it finds your system compatible, it lets you import your data like personal files, Windows settings and apps to your new Windows 8 installation. You can also choose to import nothing.

Choose what to keep

Choose what to keep

Step 5: The next screen lets you place your order for the Windows 8 Pro. In case you plan to buy it later, you can do so by restarting Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

Place your order

Place your order

Step 6: The next screen will take you to the checkout. Here, you also get the option to get a Windows 8 installation DVD worth Rs 1,060.

Review your order

Review your order…and you can also buy the Windows 8 installation DVD

Step 7: Once you click on checkout, Windows takes a little less than a minute to take you to the billing form. Just key in your essential details and click on Next.

Key in your billing details

Key in your billing details

Step 8: Once you hit ‘Next,’ it will confirm the order and you can also view the order summary.

Confirm your order and recheck all details

Confirm your order and recheck all details

Step 9: Microsoft will send you an email receipt, provide the product key and begin downloading Windows 8 Pro.

Note the product key

Note the product key

The new Windows 8 Pro is quite cheap compared to previous versions.

Windows 8 pro download begins

Windows 8 Pro download begins

Getting an installation of Windows hasn’t ever been easy. If you already have a Windows 7 installation, it’s quite affordable as well. If you’ve just made the move to Windows 8, let us know what you think of it.

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