dealsmicrosoft windows 8 64-bit (oem) for $69.99…

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IMHOP I have used win8 for 10 minutes on a PC and thought it was not very intuitive.
That being said this is not a bad price, unless Microsoft does what they did for winME and offer bundled discounts to buy it.

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Will it run 32bit XP Apps ?

Pro VS 'regular' ? I'd best decide fast...

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This is what I am taking about.Why leave 7 for this?

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Watched the video, it appears that metro interface is pretty much ONLY useful for touch, just stay out of it if you don't have a touchscreen.

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This is an OEM version, which means that it's intended for someone building new computers for sale to others. I assume that means that you can't upgrade, only do a clean install.

Read the Disclaimer section on the "Details" tab.

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@thomaswbowman: Some, but not all. There is no XP Mode in Windows 8, but you can run a copy of Windows XP in a virtual machine like Virtual PC or VirtualBox.

Most XP apps run fine in Windows 7 already. It's just those that have complex installations that have trouble.

The only thing you definitely can't run are 16-bit apps (like those from the Windows 3.1 era).

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@rhmurphy: You can do an upgrade install with an OEM version just fine. At least that's been true for XP, Vista, and 7. I can't say from experience for Windows 8.

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Can you upgrade to Windows 8 from Vista?

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@baldbear: The metro interface you are referring to... is the start menu.

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I may be a little "off" in posting here but used to work somewhere where we had a touchscreen Windows 7 setup on a regular PC. It had some neat programs in it - especially for making photo collages (we printed photos on canvas for work). It was tough using the darn thing without a mouse and typing on a vertical screen without a keyboard was a bit rough, too! I WOULD, however, LOVE to find a darn tablet with Windows 7 on it as whatever version they'd used at work was the same ol' Windows 7 but just had different interface(I think it's called?) to use with touchscreen. As soon as I can find something like that in a tablet I'm selling my HP laptop as it's a HUGE headache and only about 8 months old!

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@caffeine_dude: This isn't a fair review at all, and should NOT be the top comment by far.

The Metro interface is an optional feature of Windows 8. Regular desktop remains unchanged.

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Every time new Windows come out ppl whine and complain like babies that is SUCKS!!!1111!!, few years after they love it. Windows 8 is a really good product, don't want to use apps, use a desktop mode, stop bitching and get to know it for at least few weeks.

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Not sure why I would buy it from Newegg, when I can buy the upgrade right from the source (http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msstore/html/pbpage.Windows_8_Pro_Pack) and not have to wipe everything off.

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@rockmasterflex69: With the version I tested the Metro interface was installed the video represents my experiences. I was offered a copy but after 10 minutes I had enough.
I will give it 1 more shot by taking that copy and installing it without Metro.

Really!?! @asiryan: did you love WinME, ever? Did you think oh boy I am so happy with Vista it is so much better than XP?

I like XP and knew it right away. I liked 7 and knew right away. I bought ME and suffered for a whole week until I uninstalled it. I was forced to use Vista at work and suffered.

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@caffeine_dude: we all can agree that ME was an exception bcuz it was a total garbage. Every other Windows was fine. I didn't point the finger at you btw. Windows 8, if you take more than 10 minutes to explore, is a very good OS. It just takes getting used to (just like with Vista and ultimately 7). There's always a desktop mode if u hate stock interface (tho it's so customizable and convenient it is smth handy to have)

I didn't want it at first but few days of tweaking made me really like it. Personally, I still like 7 but 8 is a very solid OS that im looking forward to switching in near future. cheers

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I'm not getting into the Win8 is awful/great debate, but be aware that OEM versions are NOT supported by Microsoft. You have to call the computer vendor, which when you buy it like this is... No one! Personally, I wouldn't touch an OEM version of a brand new operating system with a hundred foot pole!

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This is totally normal folks... one crappy OS and one good OS microsoft always alternates.... it makes good business sense..

When vista came out you could not buy a pc without vista on it... you had to pay extra and go through hell to get xp on your new machine...

Microsoft forces the crappy OSs on us and then when they save the day with a good OS we're all too eager to "upgrade"..

It's a win win situation... for microsoft of course.

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@iamlegend21087: You can - the Metro apps might not work if it's a laptop. Check resolution. What I've noticed about the machines I've upgraded from Vista to 8 is that 8 runs like lightning compared. It's so much faster.

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@bolts: Windows 8 is not a bad OS. I have been running it on my desktop for months now and it's awesome. It's very light and you don't need to screw around with the Metro UI at all if you don't want to. It's basically a lighter Windows 7, which is awesome!

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@rockmasterflex69: Thats a lie. THey removed all functionality of the start menu from 8, Its metro, or nothing...

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@mstrblueskys: Thats cause ur skipping the version which made it faster... Duh!

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@bayjacob: Use the "Start" key on your keyboard, it does the same thing and works in Windows 8 (which is why they removed it from the on screen display).

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Windows 7 works perfectly fine for me. I don't like the look or feel of Windows 8. Simple as that, no need to upgrade and saves me money.

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Tried Windows 8, then realized why Apple is gonna kill the Computer market, tablet market, and phone market! Windows 8 SUCKS!

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I have Windows 8 Review Preview loaded on 2 of my older laptops. Both are Core 2 Duo CPU's with 5400 RPM HDD's. One has 4GB RAM, and the other has 2GB. The system that has 2GB RAM was SLOW with Windows Vista, and only slightly better with 7. Windows 8 runs GREAT on this system. I personally don't use the Metro screen, so I jump straight to the Desktop View. I added a toolbar for the control panel, my computer, etc. If you are running Windows 7... 8 may or may not be for you. But if you are running Vista, I definitely suggest upgrading to Windows 8!