dealsmicrosoft windows 8 professional upgrade (after…

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I tired to upgrade my laptop and have had so many problems. It said that it was compatible but it still took me about 8 hours worth of work to get it to work with Windows 8. Not worth the hassle.

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Please note ... the rebate is through Newegg.
You are limited to a single rebate per household.

You can buy five (5) Win 8 upgrade copies (licenses) at $69.99. However you are only eligible for a single rebate per address. Each license is valid for upgrading a single computer.

FYI -- $69.99 is a pretty good price, but be aware that you can upgrade for just $39.99 using the direct, online Microsoft upgrade. Go to the Microsoft store, "buy" the upgrade and it will install an upgrade manager. This app will download an upgrade copy of Win 8 from any Windows computer, and the price is just $39.99 until 31 January, 2013. MS store = http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy

During this online upgrade you will be allowed to upgrade directly from the web, or save a Windows Setup file to your machine to run later, or get an ISO file you use to burn a bootable upgrade CD.

So if you miss this rebate, know you can get the upgrade a bit cheaper until 31 January.

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@tpscan: I remember getting the upgrade offer from Microsoft's direct site for Win 7. Will this be the same issue? I remember having to e-mail them to get a new download link so I could install win 7 from XP. Also, it sounds like you have win 8. Care to share your thoughts on its day to day use and performance over win 7?

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Be careful... if you have a biometric thumbprint reader, it will be rendered useless. Microsoft has an upgrade adviser you can download to test your computer, it will tell you what's compatible and what's not. As I use the heck out of my biometric reader, this was a deal-killer.

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@spanielsells: Just downloaded that assistant program. Most of my issues were game related, and it stated that updates were available. I actually run win7 from a 60 GB SSD, and am close to running out of space, with applications that need to install on the drive and updates. If I can make about 10 GB free, then I'll go it. If not, I'll have to reconsider.

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@trolleycart:
The Win 8 web update is pretty flawless ... you are given the key during purchase, plus it is emailed to you. The "assistant program" is very thorough, checking for known issue, it also offers an almost bullet-proof download. If you have web issues, they will also mail media for an extra $15.

I've been using Win 8 for about a year, maybe a bit more. It is essentially WIn 7 with greater kernel security and an added interface. Some drivers are no longer included. Manufacturers were required to submit drivers to Microsoft for certification. MS tested them for security holes, then packaged them in a standard driver library. Those that did not submit to certification ... simply don't load.

Win 8 adds a new interface ... which only interacts with apps designed for it. Most upgraders will end up switching to desktop view in order to use existing software.

If you use anything prior to Win 7, upgrade. If you have Win 7 ... upgrading is a choice, but not compelling.

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Your experience will likely depend on the types of software you use regularly, but I recently upgraded my laptop and desktop to 8 and the process was painless and well worth it for me. Boot times have shortened considerably, and the OS just feel peppier overall.

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This may be a really dumb question, but please bear with me. I am running Linex--don't have Windows on my computer at all and I miss it! Would this actually install Windows 8 to my computer?

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@maggietffh: If the computer came with Windows originally, and has a Window COA sticker, you should be able to upgrade but it won't be easy, you will have to install the original version of Windows first, then upgrade to 8. Otherwise pay full price and buy an OEM Windows copy which doesn't require an existing version to install, try Frys, Newegg, etc.

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I've been running Windows 8 since early November. I still spend 95% of my time in Desktop mode - all of my old software runs just fine, except for an old Win98 game, and the Windows 7 versions of solitaire.

I haven't started using many "Metro" apps, though I've found myself checking out the headlines in the News app more and more often, but I hate maximized windows and always have multiple overlapping Windows open, so the Windows8 App interface is not very appealing to me. But I know that I'm in a small minority, and that most people maximise every application, even on large monitors.

I'd recommend bookmarking this link, it's a handy 3-4 minute guide to getting around in Windows 8:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wi8NpwiEuzc

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@baillard: Thanks for the reply. I think I'll skip getting this :) Sounds like too much work and too much money involved!