1. Post #1
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    Overv's Avatar
    February 2007
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    We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. 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. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade.

    When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation.



    The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will provide a detailed compatibility report that lets you know of anything you may have to address before or after the upgrade and outlines actions to take.



    It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues. It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files. Of course, if you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along. Or if you prefer to format your hard drive as part of your upgrade experience, you can do so as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it.



    Once you purchase your upgrade, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant kicks off your download. It has a built-in download manager that allows you to pause and continue your download at any time as well as a check to ensure your download completes successfully.



    After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.

    We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows. We’ve continued to listen to our customers and have expanded the ability to download to over 100 countries and 37 languages. We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks - it’s seamless. And if you’re an enthusiast you will have the flexibility to download and control how you upgrade.

    If you prefer to shop at a local store, a packaged DVD version of the upgrade to Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99 during this promotion.

    This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013.

    We wanted to share information about this upgrade promotion with you as we continue to drive toward the RTM milestone for Windows 8. We will of course have more to say and more details to provide closer to general availability.

    Oh, and by the way - if you’re not upgrading from a prior version of Windows and are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition, you will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product.
    Source: http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b...for-39-99.aspx

    You may not be exactly fond of the new start menu, but this is still a huge upgrade from XP, so I think it's pretty nice.
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  2. Post #2
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    August 2010
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    Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?
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  3. Post #3
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    June 2008
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    Okay, now that's pretty damn cool.
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  4. Post #4
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    August 2010
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    Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?
    Very fast.
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    June 2012
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    eeeerrrr, can I still keep W7 if I want? Because I'd take this offer.

  6. Post #6
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    November 2008
    14,859 Posts
    Now nobody has an excuse that they cannot upgrade from XP.
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  7. Post #7
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    January 2010
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    Why would I want to upgrade?

    I could buy several games on Steam with that money rather than paying for the new OS with even less features.

    No thank you Mircosoft.
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  8. Post #8
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    August 2010
    4,198 Posts
    Very fast.
    So Aero won't take up 500 MB of RAM space this time around?
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  9. Post #9
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    December 2007
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    Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?
    They've cleaned up some under the hood stuff, but I wouldn't say it's worth upgrading if you already have Win7.
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    January 2012
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    This makes up for a lot, Microsoft.
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    June 2008
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    Why would I want to upgrade?

    I could buy several games on Steam with that money rather than paying for the new OS with even less features.

    No thank you Mircosoft.
    You can judge it when it releases.

    But really, $40/£20 etc is really nothing for a pro version of Windows
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  12. Post #12
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    November 2009
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    Why would I want to upgrade?

    I could buy several games on Steam with that money rather than paying for the new OS with even less features.

    No thank you Mircosoft.
    Maybe because your OS is 10 years old. For $40 I would upgrade all my computers in the house to W8 (if they had XP still.. )


    It would be stupid not to upgrade
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  13. Post #13
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    May 2006
    2,337 Posts
    Enough complaining about wasting your money, if you don't want it, don't buy it. This is perfect for people who still use xp/vista and aren't very tech savvy; Windows 8 is really easy to use.
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  14. Post #14
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    July 2007
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    I just realized that all these new upgrades will probably make some of my older games obsolete and unplayable :(
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  15. Post #15
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    October 2009
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    I just realized that all these new upgrades will probably make some of my older games obsolete and unplayable :(
    Emulators.
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  16. Post #16
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    June 2008
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    I just realized that all these new upgrades will probably make some of my older games obsolete and unplayable :(
    With every new Windows comes compatibility problems

    It sucks, really
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  17. Post #17
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    April 2009
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    Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?
    Better file explorer, task manager, multi-monitor support, it's faster overall.
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  18. Post #18
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    January 2006
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    So weird that they got rid of the start button. Like every keyboard has a start menu button, so will be weird not having it anymore
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  19. Post #19
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    January 2009
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    I take it if you already have Windows 7 it still isn't worth changing everything up?
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  20. Post #20
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    June 2009
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    Even 40 bucks is out of my budget! Oh well.
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  21. Post #21
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    August 2005
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    Well after having actually used Windows 8 for a period of time on my secondary PC, well, I don't mind the lack of the start button. Sure it takes time to get use to Metro (believe me it did) but now it makes sense and works quite well, I enjoy using it. Tell me, MaddaCheeb, have you even installed the preview? Or are you just riding the bandwagon.
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  22. Post #22
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    August 2008
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    Better file explorer, task manager, multi-monitor support, it's faster overall.
    Built in .iso mounter, built in PDF reader, support for taking your personal settings to any Windows 8 machine, dockable programs (you can have a MetroUI application dock to the side of your screen, and the rest of your screen will adapt to it). There's so many more under the hood features as well. The Start Screen itself brings some nice ones, such as Live Tiles for quickly seeing updates about whatever.
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  23. Post #23
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    July 2010
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    Doesn't W8 come with a built in emulator or something that can run something?

    I swear I heard it comes with a built in emulator.

    Fuck ninja'd...
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  24. Post #24
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    lordofdafood's Avatar
    March 2007
    511 Posts
    Chances are I would get this for my netbook to trial it when it comes out, no way I would upgrade from Win 7 with all the changes without at least testing it
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  25. Post #25
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    March 2011
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    Now nobody has an excuse that they cannot upgrade from XP.
    My only reason is dependent on how much it takes to run it. I can barely squeak by playing Source games on this laptop, and if Win8 hogs a bunch of resources I won't be able to period.

    Then again, I should really invest in a new PC.
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    August 2006
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    Doesn't W8 come with a built in emulator or something that can run something?

    I swear I heard it comes with a built in emulator.

    Fuck ninja'd...
    It comes with Hyper-V if that's what you're thinking of.
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  27. Post #27
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    June 2009
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    I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I could keep the GUI the same as W7. Still undecided though. Too much change for me.
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  28. Post #28
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    August 2011
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    I like it, a very simple painless way to upgrade. Shame it's for windows 8 but it should be good for it's successor.

  29. Post #29
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    March 2005
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    If only I didn't have OEM vista on a computer that's reached the end of the line :c
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    August 2006
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    I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I could keep the GUI the same as W7. Still undecided though. Too much change for me.
    Classic Shell, ViStart, or an in-between Start8 and there you go.
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  31. Post #31
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    August 2009
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    Just too bad that the reasons for me using Windows are pretty much only games and a few specific programs.

    I love me some POSIX.

    Though It's good they are giving people a incentive to upgrade from Windows XP (well unless their machines are old first-gen P4's with 512MB ram)

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    kapin_krunch's Avatar
    June 2009
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    Built in .iso mounter,
    Whoaoahoaah, this I did not know of. That's gonna turn out to be pretty useful.
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  33. Post #33
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    October 2008
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    And I bet it has even worse sound card functionality than W7, along with a whole new slew of cut back end functions like every version of windows post XP. I'll pass.
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  34. Post #34
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    Protocol7's Avatar
    June 2006
    25,901 Posts
    For $40 I'm willing to put aside my grievances with Metro.
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  35. Post #35
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    June 2010
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    This is great. I want to do this, but if I get a new mobo after I'd be screwed over right or can I contact MS?

  36. Post #36
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    Classic Shell, ViStart, or an in-between Start8 and there you go.
    Am I going to have to replace system files to get it like I want it or is there a handy little checkbox in the W8 control panel to do that?

  37. Post #37
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    April 2007
    13,568 Posts
    So weird that they got rid of the start button. Like every keyboard has a start menu button, so will be weird not having it anymore
    That button on the keyboard is essentially the button for the start menu now.
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  38. Post #38
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    Wiggles's Avatar
    October 2005
    5,057 Posts
    I'm still a bit sceptical about Windows 8, even after trying the Preview, but at that price I think I'm just going to jump in and see how it goes.
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  39. Post #39
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    August 2006
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    Am I going to have to replace system files to get it like I want it or is there a handy little checkbox in the W8 control panel to do that?
    They're all 3rd party applications, all you need to do is click next several times through an installer and it'll add a button and a start menu for you. Or in the case of Start8 it'll give you a button and a non-fullscreen Start screen.

  40. Post #40
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    December 2007
    10,817 Posts
    I guess I should finally update vista then
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