Even if I explained this to my friends so many times, some of them still ask me this annoying question about Microsoft’s latest operating system – how much does Windows 8.1 cost? Probably, what many mean by this is this – they hope there is a way to get Windows 8.1 cheap or even for free. We will compile a guide on that, as well, but now, let’s clear this basic question for my friends and many of you out there that are still wondering.
How much does Windows 8.1 upgrade cost?
You can buy the Windows 8.1 update if you run Windows 8 or a previous version of Microsoft’s operating system. Of course, it can be performed as a clean install, as well.
Users that run Windows 8
If you have bought and you run Windows 8, then Windows 8.1 update is absolutely free, so it costs nothing! If you are running a preview version of Windows 8.1, then follow our short guide on how you can do that. Also, some of you might encounter some issues while looking for the update, we’ve got a fix for that, as well.
Users that run a previos version of Windows
If you have currently installed any edition of Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP (which is going to be a huge target for hackers after Microsoft stops supporting it), then you will simply have to buy Windows 8.1 just as you would’ve done with the first version – Windows 8. You just need to decide whether you need Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Pro.
What you need to know is that if you’re running Windows 8 and you wish to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro, this won’t be for free, as you’ll have to pay for the extra features, alas. Just open the search bar and type there “add a feature” and you will find the option that will let you do this. Be careful, if you are still running a preview version, it won’t let you do it.
If you are looking to get a cheaper Windows 8.1 or to make use of any offers there are, then follow our guide and you might save a few bucks.