Virtually all machines running Windows 7 will be able to operate on Windows 8, which will be released in October but if your machine was made in 2007 or 2008, it might not be compatible.
Microsoft’s Windows 8 is made to work on both traditional PCs and tablets. Microsoft Communications Manager Brandon LeBlanc posted an update on the Windows blog writing, “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.” However, this is a limited time deal, lasting until January 31, 2013. As PC World recalled, Windows 7 offered a similar limited time offer after which the price of upgrades increased to $50-$100. If you’d rather shop in a store, the package DVD of the upgrade will be price at $69.99 during the promotion.
A feature called the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant can help make sure your PC is ready for Windows. The Advisor will let you know if the apps and devices on your current PC will work with Windows 8. The compatibility report will also inform you which apps and programs will need updating if you chose to download Windows 8.
“If you’re not upgrading from a prior version of Windows and are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition, you will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product,” LeBlanc writes.
For upgrade or backup purposes, you can create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD, or Microsoft will mail you one for $15 plus shipping and handling.