Windows 8 – what are you paying for?

Windows 8 desktop

Microsoft has finally unleashed their long awaited Windows 8 operating system, and as many predicted people aren’t exactly falling over themselves to upgrade – it’s just not completely necessary at this point.

If Windows 8 ever reached the dizzying heights achieved by some of its predecessors (namely 95/98 and XP… more recently Windows 7 has also been making some headway in the market thanks to businesses beginning to switch over from XP after the disappointing Vista) and large companies and the like start to install it on all new machines as standard then the story will be different – but for now, despite the relatively low hardware demands (they’re pretty similar to those required by Windows 7) people aren’t exactly ordering the operating system in droves.

Part of the reason for this (a big part, in fact) is that those people who bought a new laptop or desktop computer when Windows 7 came out are reluctant to buy the Windows 8 operating system in a software package because of the cost, when they may be considering a brand new computer in the near future with the OS already installed. Windows 8 itself isn’t exactly the most expensive disc available today, but for people who have already paid a small fortune to licence their current operating system, another £100 or so is wasted money.

For those people who do want Windows 8 now, and want a new computer, they might have to think about how they can afford the latest gadget with a loan. A brand new desktop could be slightly cheaper if they intend to keep their existing monitor and other peripherals, but a laptop comes in one big bulk package, which means that consumers need to pay to replace everything in one go. This certainly isn’t cheap, and although buyers can get Windows 8 on a budget laptop for as little as around £300, the people wanting a budget computer are probably not the people that need this new operating system right this very second.

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