Through the end of January, consumers currently running PCs with Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, are qualified to download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$49.99 from windows.microsoft.com. And eligible Windows 7 PCs purchased between June 2, 2012, and January 31, 2013 can download Windows 8 Pro for an estimated retail price of S$17.99 with the Windows Upgrade Offer, available at www.windowsupgradeoffer.com. If you don’t want to go the download way, a boxed version of the Windows 8 upgrade DVD can also be bought at all leading IT retail stores for S$89.00.
But what about those who aren’t eligible for any of the upgrade promos? Or those who are building their systems from scratch and therefore need a non-upgrade copy of Windows 8? Well, it looks like some stores have also started selling the OEM versions of Windows 8. According to a Facebook posting from popular PC components retailer Fuwell, the 64-bit OEM versions of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are now available at S$138 and S$198 respectively. The retailer is also selling the boxed version of the Windows 8 Pro VUP (that’s Microsoft lingo for an upgrade copy, by the way) for S$69.
However, looking at the latest price list from Fuwell (you do know we’ve frequently updated price lists from IT and CE retailers for download, don’t you?), it looks like the above are promo prices that are set to increase when the offer period is over. In the price list, the prices of the 64-bit OEM versions of Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro are pegged at S$163 and S$230 respectively.