dealswindows 8 professional upgrade (box/retail…

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Only $49.99 too expensive!

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@gig103: How so? This currently retails for $69.99 until the introductory pricing expires on January 31, 2013. At which time it will revert back up to an even larger amount.

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If you purchased a new PC with Windows 7 after June 1, 2012 you are probably eligible for the $14.99 Windows 8 offer through Microsoft at windowsupgradeoffer.com.

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Just a note -- if you buy it through Microsoft.com at the $39.99 price, you download it and have the option of burning it to a disc or putting it on a USB drive. So you do get physical media if you want it, which means you can either do a fresh installation or an in-place upgrade. I've done it both ways on two computers.

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If only the Windows 7 downgrade were on sale...

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@izzyizzo: A Windows 7 downgrade is included with Windows 8 Professional Edition, per the End User License Agreement.

It states: "Instead of using the Windows 8 Pro software, you may use one of the following earlier versions: Windows 7 Professional or Windows Vista Business..."

However, if you already have Windows 8 you cannot upgrade to Windows 8 Pro with this product, this product only works for 7, Vista, and XP. Rather you need the "Windows 8 Pro Pack" which costs more money.

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@jyoz22: Yeah, I've actually gotta give MS props for that one. Their Home version doesn't, though -- and that's the one my mom has decided I need to teach her to use. :) Thank heaven for third party "start button" apps.

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@izzyizzo: haha true!

Out of curiosity any start button app in particular you would recommend? My girlfriend just got a new Windows 8 laptop too. I know Stardock makes Start8, but I heard there were some good free ones too... any suggestions?

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@jyoz22: While I'm a technerd from many years ago, (street cred: I once replaced a brand-new install of Win3.0 on a friend's computer with Win1.0 just for the lols of it), I've fallen a bit out of touch with the stuff the kids are using today... like my mom on Win8. So I'm just as lost as she is.

I've gotten no complaints from her yet about Start8, which means it'll be well worth the $5(?) registration fee. That's also the one that came recommended by my friends in the IS department at work, who have had the distinct challenge of helping senior executives learn to navigate Win8. So there are worse starting points.

I've heard very good things about Windows Classic Shell, too, but personal recommendations have been overwhelmingly for Start8.

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@izzyizzo: Thanks. I think I'll be getting Start8 for her then. I looked at the product feature video it seems to have a lot of features more than just the start button (like auto desktop at start up) all of which seem very helpful. Thanks for the reply!