Most current Windows users will be eligible for a free upgrade to Windows 10 when it ships on July 29, but they’ll only have a year to claim it. After that, they’ll need to pay – and Microsoft has now revealed how much.
Essentially, full retail copies of Windows 10 will be priced the same as Windows 8, the software giant confirmed to El Reg via email on Monday.
A copy of Windows 10 Home will retail for $119, while a single license of Windows 10 Pro will go for $199.
There will also be a Windows 10 Pro Pack available that will upgrade a Windows 10 machine from the Home edition to the Pro edition and will retail for $99.
That last item may even prove popular with some customers who avail themselves of the free upgrade from Windows 7 or Windows 8.1. The upgrades only get you to the version of Windows 10 that corresponds to the version of Windows you had already – so if you have Windows 7 Home now, the free upgrade will only get you to Windows 10 Home, not Pro.
Pricing for the Education and Enterprise editions of Windows 10 gets trickier, as they will only be available through volume licensing programs. Copies of Windows 8.1 Enterprise will not be eligible for the free upgrade, however.