Microsoft announced yesterday that Windows 8 will be released on October 26th. The software giant’s forthcoming Surface tablet will probably be released on or before that date. Waiting too long after October 26 to release Surface will jeopardise potential holiday sales as the annual shopping season begins in early November and goes full tilt the day after Thanksgiving.

PC users who currently run Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. This will be in the form of a download-able ISO file that can be burned on to a DVD or USB drive and then used to boot from and install the upgrade on your PC. It would be advisable for users to learn how to adjust their BIOS setting so that the PC will first search for a boot source on either CD/DVD  or USB before going to the internal hard drive. The upgrade price is only good between October 26, 2012 and January 13, 2013.

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