Been holding off on the new Windows until now? Here are the cheapest prices we could find for the new Windows 8.1.
No doubt a lot of businesses have not yet upgraded to Windows 8. If you thinking of doing it now that Windows 8.1 is available, it's worth shopping around.
Case in point: This morning, Officeworks claimed it has the lowest prices in town: $129 for Windows 8.1 (usually $149) and $366 (usually $399) for Windows 8.1 Pro.
We asked Officeworks if it was pledging to remain the lowest-cost supplier, and the answer was "we are committed to our Lowest Price Guarantee, so if customers happen to find a cheaper advertised price on an identical stocked item that is in stock with our competitor - even if it is on sale - we will not only match it, we'll beat it by 5%." So be prepared to prove that another retailer has a cheaper price.
We price-checked a few well-known national retailers this afternoon and the best prices we found were $119 and $325 at The Good Guys.
What you get for your money is installer disc and a licence key, which can be used to upgrade an existing computer running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7.
It can also be used on a computer running an older version of Windows as long as it meets the minimum specifications for Windows 8, but in that case the installation process wipes the hard drive clean so you'll need to back up your data and reinstall any software.
There's also a 8.1 standard to 8.1 Pro upgrade that usually costs $249 but is $237 at Officeworks. You're most likely to need this if you buy a computer with the basic version of the operating system but you require some of the Pro features. This is a 'licence only' upgrade, and you will need to download the software from Microsoft's site.
If you already have Windows 8, the update to 8.1 is free from the Windows Store.