How to purchase Windows 8 and download it online
Microsoft has released the latest version of its Windows operating system, Windows 8. If you’re a PC user, you might be thinking about upgrading.
It’s worth spending a few minutes to check out reviews if you do, because the Windows you’re used to has been changed significantly this time around. And if making the jump to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Vista or XP is something you’re looking to do, a smart way to do it is with an online download, which will save you a trip to the store.
There are a number of online portals through which to grab your software, and you might be able to snag some deals through them despite Windows 8’s newness and novelty. It’s all about looking around for deals.
Start at the source
Windows 8 is a Microsoft product, so it makes sense to see if you can obtain it directly from Microsoft.com’s online store. You might not grab a great price because the software is brand new, but Microsoft.com has a number of coupons for other software you might need – like Microsoft Office, for example.
You’ll also get four percent cash back if you do opt to go with Microsoft’s site, as well as free shipping if you decide to go a with a physical copy of Windows 8 rather than the download.
Other software sellers
You don’t just have to go to Microsoft for your Windows 8 download, and you might manage to get a better price at one of the other online software sellers around the Internet. Office Depot will get you the download with 5 percent cash back, for example. You can also nab a deal from the well-loved Newegg, which often cuts the prices of software and hardware. Other download options include Dell.com, where you can get 2 percent cash back; if you’re looking for a physical copy, try Circuit City (with 4 percent cash back) or Best Buy, with 3 percent.
Here’s another strategy for your Windows 8 update: Wait. It may help significantly to get a better price on the software, and to catch it after some of the kinks have been worked out. But if you’re ready to get the upgrade now, checking through lots of different software providers is a good way to find one willing to offer a discount.