dealsmicrosoft windows 8 professional upgrade for $59…

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It's an even numbers Windows release. Avoid it.

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@wickedd365: that's a little too general, but I've worked with Windows 8 on my laptop, and I do agree that it should be avoided. Especially if you like your Start menu.

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CHANGE BAD! KRONK HATE NEW THINGS!

/sarcasm

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Windows 8 is great. Dont pay attention to the naysayers.

I dont know this deal is good though as I thought Win 8 upgrades through Microsoft would be ~40 through January.

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Ignore the Windows 8 "start menu" comments. You can choose to change the GUI to your liking which apparantly in the preview version they seemed to miss that feature or didn't know how to do it. This is the most customisable GUI by microsoft and the fastest and best OS to date. I'm running Windows 7 and Windows 8 for me as a multi core processor user (8 cores) the boost in performance was very much evident and noticed. Rock solid great upgrade for multi-threaded applications and for those ready to move on to cloud storage. A+

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@chcbearsfan: Windows 8 upgrade willl be 39.,99 using the MS download and compatiblity tool. You'll be able to add Media Center for free as well. So for those wanting a disc copy with media center already on it this is the way to go. For me spending the extra 20 to have it on disc with media center is a must. It will make it easier to upgrade my second PC and laptop when I get keys for them. So if you wait it out until October 26th you'll be able to a digital download upgrade for just 39.99. What I don't know about that is if the download will be able to burned to a disc as an ISO image. I doubt it since it is 20 less so if you want a disc with emergency boot features and repair I'd go with the physical media. But if your in it to save 20 bucks and don't upgade your pc alot then go with DLC. MY two cents. But yes the 39.99 option will be coming but again, don't count on that being the same as the physical copy like this one.

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you'd have to pay me to use your crap again, Microsoft

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@traviserck: You have the best comment out of everyone for this thread. The only thing missing was that the $40 price is only valid for a few months. I'm not sure how people would go about on reinstalls either. I figure if you wipe and reload your machine "frequently", then the newegg deal is the way to go.

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@traviserck: If the mainstream download is anything like DreamSpark (which I'm assuming it will be), you can get it as a fully functional 3GB iso. There was plenty of repair functionality on the DVD I created too.

I was worried about Windows 8 at first and didn't like it (GRAA, CHANGE!), but you absolutely can make it look like the older style of Windows. That said, the new menu system is actually much more functional and I highly prefer it, but to be fair, I basically shun the Start menu and throw up icons all over my desktop for the things I need already. It runs incredibly smoothly and adds a lot of nice keyboard shortcuts, augmenting the ones I already had no idea about (Windows key + D = instant desktop!) I'm also excited about the integration with the new Surface tablet and the Win 8 phone if I can get them.
I don't like the new app store, since I use Steam and Google Play right now, but such is the nature of progress.
Really, don't be afraid, it's less scary than it seems.

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@gunslingerfyre: Kronk? From Emperor's New Groove?? I LOVE THAT MOVIE!

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@bane3d: Regarding the reinstalls, isn't there going to be a separate license version for "enthusiasts"? I.e., isn't this version tied to a particular hardware configuration?

I had heard that if you are going to be swapping out components often (as us gamers do), there will be a separate edition that either won't require you to phone home for permission, or at least, won't give you as much trouble.

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Wasn't it Uncle Bill who said 640k should be adequate for anyone/anything?

Windows 8
64-bit (x64)
Download (3.3 GB)

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@traviserck: I bought the digital upgrade for Win7 from Microsoft. I can download either an installer executable or an .ISO file, and they even give you a tool to create a bootable flash drive from the ISOs if your machines don't have optical drives. They seem to allow unlimited re-downloads, and the ISOs have the current Windows Updates and Service Packs slipstreamed in.

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@trevornt: How so?
Think about it, 7 odd number, great system. Vista was an even release, horrible. XP was an odd release, awesome. Windows 2000, horrible. 95, awesome.
I'll wait till 9.

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Linux is free so how is this a deal? Go get Ubuntu and save $59.99.

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@wickedd365: Windows 2000 was terrible? I think not. 95, 98, 98se were all great, ME was a fail but 2000, XP, Vista and 7 were great...Yes Vista was fine. Win 8 is a disaster.

Win 8 and ME are the only 2 ms fails.

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What products can this upgrade? It says XP, Vista and 7, but it doesn't mention specifics. Can I go from Vista home basic to 8 pro with this upgrade? The win7 upgrades wouldn't let you go from home to pro.

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@traviserck: Actually, as of my view of the preview (thank you MSDN), they removed the ability to switch UI's. Perhaps I had an earlier version of the preview or something?

@wickedd365: as a rough estimation that works, but that's not a hard definition as to how Windows releases work. That's just the way they've been lately. I was just saying that you can't use that methodology to define which Windows releases will work or not; having said that, Windows 8, as my IT peers and I have concluded, is not going to be marked down in Microsoft's "good" column.

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8 would be okay if Microsoft weren't trying to force Metro and their silly app store on everyone by actively disabling legacy UI configuration options. That stuff has no business in the PC world.

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I'll wait until disgruntled user sell their hard copies on eBay for $14.99.

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I'm waiting for an update to Microsoft Bob - Comic Sans was created for it, but never used. Probably the worst widely used font in history

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Microsoft_Bob

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Win 95 was Ok...
Win 98 was everything windows 95 should have been.
Win ME was a disaster
Win XP was a huge success.
Win Vista was a buggy memory leaking disaster.
Win 7 was everything Vista should have been.

History doesn't favor Windows 8.

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I downloaded this and all is right with the world

http://www.stardock.com/products/start8/

It's been stable and it's free. But maybe it's better to whine about stuff?

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@kromo: Hey I remember Linux. Whatever happened to them?

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Laughing at all these trolls who obviously weren't even born yet when Windows 95 was the mainstream OS.

As someone who has been using Windows since late versions of 3.1 (AKA when Apple Macintosh computers weren't the overpriced garbage they are now and were actually a viable competitor) I can tell you the whole "odd-even" cycle stuff is complete crap.

95 was just okay, very buggy
98 was absolutely awful and bug-ridden until they bugfixed the hell out of it, and only got REALLY good when SP2 was released.
2000 was also good
ME was an abomination
XP was alright at first, much better after the first two service packs. It was also the outlier in the OS development cycle for lasting as long as it did with no upgrades. Which leads us into one of the reasons everyone bashed Vista
Vista was great. It came out with very much higher system requirements than XP, which is understandable given how many years later it came out.
Continued...

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The problem here stems from the fact that so many people who were content to run XP on their aging machines because it ran so well and had very low system requirements (naturally, given how old the OS was and the state of computers at the time of its release) then tried to upgrade to Vista without upgrading any of their hardware. This resulted in many complaints about Vista being slow and resource hogging. Part of the problem was also due to manufacturers not including enough RAM in default configurations to run Vista well. If you had Vista on an adequate machine, as I did, it ran wonderfully and was a huge improvement over XP.
Then 7 came along and it was MS's best Windows version to date.
Now with 8, MS thought they'd try their hand at changing up the UI a bit. These changes make sense, if you think about it. When you hit that start button you are already directing all your attention to it, so why not a fullscreen one?
Not to mention the OS is vastly improved over 7.

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Soooo now would be a good time to upgrade from Znix Windows 3.0?

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@stryker4526: Accurate. I did have integration issues with Vista, but they were things with application developers and printers. To this day, I still have issues with printers no matter what. I'm truly hoping for a native 64bit OS like 2008 R2. As for the metro interface; I can't wait for kinect for windows to become mainstream. Combine metro with kinect and my media center is so very easy for the family to use. No more asking the kids where they left the mouse/keyboard. Just speak to it or use your hand to pick the "Huge" icon for whatever you want. I think windows 8 media center with windows kinect is going to take over the living room running hulu, netflix, gaming, web browsing, video chat, and more. Seriously, Microsoft is about to absolutely kill with this integration with surface and windows 8 phone. Woot will be selling media centers specialized for this in 2 years. I dropped satellite and/or cable tv and have been on a mediacenter for 2 years now.

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@justabandnerd: Thank you for that link. I knew it wouldn't be long until third-party start button replacements would start showing up, if they hadn't already.

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@trevornt: I don't know about that. Windows ME, Windows Vista and now Windows 8. I've dealt with them all, and they all need to be avoided.

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When they added the stupid start button it drove me nuts, so glad it's gone. It never made sense. Gimme 3.11 back... loved Program Manager

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Is the downloadable $40 version the PRO version? Does anyone know? or is the the equivalent to the Windows 7 "Home Premium" version? Thanks.

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@wpshore: The downloadable upgrade will be to Windows 8 Pro.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx

"Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets."

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@scmtim: Yes, the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade will upgrade any version of XP, Vista or Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro. This price is an introductory offer - it will have a much higher MSRP come next February.

The Windows 8 Pro Pack is for upgrading Windows 8 "home" (It's just called Windows 8, Microsoft isn't using the "Home" tag) to Windows 8 Pro. That's also $69, but it looks like that will be the regular price, and from February, it'll cost $69.99 to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro, and $199 from Windows XP to Windows 8 Pro (and there won't be an option to upgrade to the non-Pro version at a cheaper price)

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I gather the upgrade software includes a tool for checking your system's compatibility, but is there a way to get that tool without committing to the upgrade? I searched around for it and didn't find it.

A tool like that would be really handy for someone like me who has no idea what kind of whatevers my computer is made up of.

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@tmdowling: I don't think there'll be a separate Upgrade Advisor like there was for Windows 7, but I imagine there will have to be some way to run the "test for compatibility" bit before handing over your credit card details.

If you want to get a good inventory of your current system (including a list of you license keys for installed software) check out Belarc Advisor.

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Can anyone confirm: If I were to purchase the $39.99 (or so) upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Home Premium, using the MS download program...
Will the files will be available to me anytime, to download, in the future?
Will the files be in the form of an iso file for easy image burning purposes or using a flash drive? (Of course for a single authenticated key)
Thank you in advance.

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@rushi11: The Upgrade Assistant for the Windows 8 Preview included a tool for creating a bootable flash drive or an ISO.

It's safe to assume that you'll have the same ability with the production release.