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Windows 8 upgrade offered by Microsoft

The company has announced it will offer customers the opportunity to upgrade to the new Windows 8 operating system for $39.99.

Users currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP on their current PC or laptop will be eligible for the upgrade and have access to the downloadable copy of the top-level Windows 8 Pro for the discounted price.

Windows Media Centre will also be available as a free download.

The upgrade process is relatively simple with a Windows 8 upgrade assistant on hand to walk users through the process and highlight any issues such as incompatibility with the machine in use.

A message posted on the Windows 8 blog discusses which files and settings users will be able to transfer through the upgrade process, depending on the previous OS they were using.

"It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation," the post reads.

"You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files. Of course, if you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along," it continued.

The upgrade offer will be available until January 31st at which point new upgraders will have to pay full price for the OS.

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