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If you’re thinking about upgrading your existing Windows PC to Microsoft’s Windows 8, time is running out to do it on the cheap.

Later this week, Microsoft will raise the price of the Windows 8 upgrade editions, ending the promotional pricing of $39.99 for an online upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Starting in February, the upgrade prices will rise to $119.99 for Windows 8 or $199.99 for Windows 8 Pro.

The difference is big enough that the end of promotional pricing will serve as a gut check for some Windows users. Love it or hate it, the new Windows 8 interface is the present and future of Microsoft’s flagship operating system. And the decisions people make as the discount runs out will say a lot about how Windows 8 could fare in the long run among longtime users.

If you’re an existing Windows user running an older version of the operating system — Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 — do you plan to upgrade? Vote in our poll below.

If you already upgraded, how’s it going so far? Any suggestions for people considering it?

 

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