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An overview of what Microsoft is offering for various kinds of upgrade scenarios is contained in this ZD NET Article

with this interesting postscript:

Update: A couple of readers have noted that XP, Vista and Windows 7 users who want Windows 8.1 would save about $30 to $40 by buying a copy of Windows 8 now at retail and then moving to Windows 8.1 for free. There's nothing illegal about that. Might be a plan for some....

Some CPU's may not support 8.1 even though they can run Win8. Win 8.1 requires the cpu to support PAE, NX, and SSE2 It seems system requirements for Win 8.1 are different from Win8

David Baxter PhD

Late Founder
I saw that article. Not sure what those "diffrerent system requirements" are but that may mess up more than a few Windows 8 users. To be honest, that kind of error is not typical of Microsoft.
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