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Windows 8 upgrade £25, less if you've just bought Windows 7

Microsoft has confirmed the UK Windows 8 upgrade price, and thankfully there are no nasty surprises.

It's taken it a fair bit of time to pluck up the courage to do so, but Microsoft has finally announced the UK price of their Windows 8 upgrade coming on 26 October -- and it's just £25.

Fear not if you've just shelled out for a Windows 7 PC -- if you bought it after 2 June 2012, Microsoft is offering you a £10 discount, meaning you can download the update for a mere fifteen squid.

Registration began last week for PC users via Here, you'll be asked to select your country, register your personal details, provide information about your new PC, including the date you purchased it, where you bought it from, and what brand and model it is -- if you're lucky, they might even ask you what you had for dinner last night.

You will, however, need your 25-digit Windows 7 product key -- hopefully you've kept it safe.

The upgrade is available for any Windows PC running XP and above -- that's any Windows computer made after 2001.

MS put the wind up many UK punters over the time it took to announce the price, with some fearing that the UK version would be more costly than its $40 US counterpart.

Fortunately, this is not the case with Windows 8, but it's hardly unusual for tech firms to increase the UK cost, blaming localisation and shipping as the reason for the price hike, and hoping we get confused trying to subtract VAT.

If downloads ain't your thing, Amazon is offering a preorder copy of the update on a physical disk for £50, but we'd recommend sticking to the download so you're definitely getting the most up-to-date version -- plus it's half the price.  

So what can you expect from Windows 8? For starters the main change comes in the form of a radical overhaul of the interface. This stands apart from older versions with a colourful new touchscreen-friendly layout that's not dissimilar to the Windows Phone OS, as sported by popular devices such as the Nokia Lumia 900. Read our full review for more details.  

Windows 8 has been all over the headlines this week, with a whole host of new devices running it announced at the tech extravaganza IFA. Check out our coverage for all the juicy details and latest news.   

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