Windows 8 up for pre-order: How to get it

Microsoft’s next computer operating system, Windows 8, is officially up for pre-order, and the company is giving users several options for upgrading.

On Friday, the company’s blog listed four ways to upgrade to Windows 8.

More tech stories

Parking doesn’t have to be a hassle

Parking doesn’t have to be a hassle

Meet the man who wants to make parking in a garage as fun as riding in an Uber.

Big data: A double-edged sword

Big data: A double-edged sword

New information will improve our health and prevent crimes, but uncover skeletons and hurt privacy.

White House updating online privacy policy

White House updating online privacy policy

A new Obama administration privacy policy explains how the government will gather the user data of online visitors to, mobile apps and social media sites, and it clarifies that online comments, whether tirades or tributes, are in the open domain.

■ For the physical media types: Users can reserve a packaged DVD of Window 8 Pro for $69.99 at Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Office Depot, Microsoft stores and other retailers.

■ For the downloaders: Users can upgrade their devices on Oct. 26 — the day the system officially launches — for $40.

Both of those offers run through Jan. 31.

■ For the computer buyers: Users can also get Windows 8 with the purchase of a new PC or other devices. Sony, Asus, Acer, Dell and HP have all announced new computers that will run the upgrade.

■ For those who worry they missed the boat: If you just bought a Windows 7 PC, don’t despair. Users who purchased or will purchase an eligible PCs between June 2 and Jan. 31 can upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99. To take advantage of that deal, users should register their qualifying PC at Microsoft’s Upgrade Offer Web site. Microsoft will then send a promotional code that gives access to the special price.

Related stories:

Microsoft: Shifting to ‘devices and services’

Microsoft, Research in Motion sign licensing deal

Google, Microsoft vie for title of second-most valuable tech company

Read what others are saying

    The best education your money can buy