Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade £44.99 was £69.99 @ Argos
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Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade £44.99 was £69.99 @ Argos

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Found 11th Aug 2014
Thought this was a good price for anyone seeking to upgrade their computer to a later operating system. Remember 8.1 is a free download after you have installed this.
General information:
•1 user licence key.
Minimum PC system requirements:
•Operating system: Windows 7 or later.
•Processor speed: 1GHz.
•RAM: 2GB.
•Available hard disk space: 20GB.
Minimum Mac system requirements:
•Processor speed: 1GHz.
•RAM: 2GB.
•Available hard disk space: 20GB.
•EAN: 885370395396.

216 Comments

This is a Windows 8 Upgrade Pack, Windows 7 must be the current operating system in order to upgrade

Original Poster

belsibub

This is a Windows 8 Upgrade Pack, Windows 7 must be the current operating … This is a Windows 8 Upgrade Pack, Windows 7 must be the current operating system in order to upgrade


Windows only has direct upgrade from windows 7 there should also be a clean install option.

If I upgraded a windows 7 machine to 8 using this, could i then install the original windows 7 on another machine?

I don't think so

Scooter010

If I upgraded a windows 7 machine to 8 using this, could i then install … If I upgraded a windows 7 machine to 8 using this, could i then install the original windows 7 on another machine?


No because the license will be tied to the motherboard

wozkeo

No because the license will be tied to the motherboard



Unless it has the full retail version on it.

don't do it, please, I beg you. ... don't go for windows 8....... Please, avoid the carnage. .. think of the children. .. ......

if i was to upgrade my w7 pc with this disc...is there an option to keep one's files,music, videos & favorites, anyone? thanks.

Don't do it, I made the mistake a buying a laptop with it installed and really regret it. Give me Vista any day.

Original Poster

mykaloen

if i was to upgrade my w7 pc with this disc...is there an option to keep … if i was to upgrade my w7 pc with this disc...is there an option to keep one's files,music, videos & favorites, anyone? thanks.


You can use windows Easy Transfer to move files, settings and pics etc, or you could manually copy only what you want to USB drive.
Easy Transfer is found by typing its name in the Windows 7 search. Make sure you back up all your files before making any changes to your computer.

busted

You can use windows Easy Transfer to move files, settings and pics etc, … You can use windows Easy Transfer to move files, settings and pics etc, or you could manually copy only what you want to USB drive.Easy Transfer is found by typing its name in the Windows 7 search. Make sure you back up all your files before making any changes to your computer.


appreciated cheers.

No one who has ever used windows 8 would want to "upgrade" ever.

am i right in saying...w8 is primarily aimed at laptops & tablets rather than a desktop ?

A good deal, however windows 8 is awful. I have 2 pc's and a laptop running windows 8, and recently paid a premium for another laptop running windows 7. I'm sure in time, and especially with touchscreens, I'll adjust. But initially windows 8 is torture. Unintuitive, vague, and at times violence inducing. Just yesterday the outlook email app actually stated "to display emails over 2 weeks old go to settings". Settings doesn't have any reference to this at all, so I click help which opens an internet browser for help - no results found. Your supposed to click on the statement saying "to display emails over 2 weeks old go to settings". Making you feel stupid for not doing this initially, yet in settings there is no mention, despite being sent there. Never thought I'd consider defecting to apple, but...

I just got a laptop with windows 8 installed. So far I hate it. XP and Vista were much more user friendly.

mykaloen

am i right in saying...w8 is primarily aimed at laptops & tablets rather … am i right in saying...w8 is primarily aimed at laptops & tablets rather than a desktop ?

yes

Windows 8 cannot be described as an upgrade.

I love Windows 7. I want to love or even like Windows 8 but can't, even in its latest 8.1 Pro guise, it takes six clicks to do where two or three would have been sufficient in Windows 7. At the weekend a friend asked me to set up Windows Mail (Virgin Media account) on their new Windows 8 PC. I am pretty good with PC's and have used, installed (virtually) every version of Windows since they came out back in the early 90's and also built my own machines (which isn't too tricky if you're careful). Needless to say, it wouldn't work, a white screen said that Windows Mail wasn't 'available at the moment'.

I ended up installing Thunderbird instead.

I've also tried to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 in the past and given up, even after running all the MS upgrade tools.

Sorry folks, I hate it, hate it hate it. MS have some serious rethinking to do, I actually think they owe their customers a big apology. Or I (and I suspect many others) will be lost to Apple for ever.

Patrick
Worcs
Edited by: "pgnl" 11th Aug 2014

Completely agree with the comments above. I hate windows 8 too. Have reverted to Windows 7 for my work laptop so I don't look like a numpty in front of clients! Built for tablets and phones with touch screens, primarily, and ported to laptops to save them money in keeping two systems updated long term. Will eventually have to use it if windows 9 doesn't come along soon, but if it does, and is half decent, I'll be skipping w8 altogether.

pgnl

[...] even in its latest 8.1 Pro guise, it takes six clicks to do where … [...] even in its latest 8.1 Pro guise, it takes six clicks to do where two or three would have been sufficient in Windows 7 [...]



So true. It's because it has been optimised for touch-screens, leaving all the desktop users in limbo. I have w8 running on 2 laptops as if it would be "windows 7 with a full screen start menu"... and a very confusing control panel.

So in short if you're running Windows 7: there's no need upgrade unless you want to use some software/hardware that is optimised for Windows 8.

Anyway voting hot as the price is really good and you can do a fresh install of this following the instructions in this link: lifehacker.com/598…isc
Edited by: "eldaras" 11th Aug 2014

You can clean install Windows 8 using an upgrade key, you will just have to telephone activate.

Also those who say they hate Windows 8 clearly don't know how to use it properly.. It is superior to Windows 7 once you get used to it + if you have an SSD it is the only operating system you should be using.

Oh LOL, always have to smile at the Win 8 hate - has almost become a Pavlovian response. Hot, from one of the millions of battle-hardened Windows users, with memories going right back to Windows 3.0, who are perfectly happy working with 8.0/8.1, and recognise it as one of the most stable Windows operating systems in a long, long time.

I consider I am very PC adept, and in total contrast to the above statement (and I have been using SSD's pretty much since their commercial inception AND know how to 'use' all MS OS's since Windows 3.0) Windows 8 sucks major balls.
It is entirely fair to say there is nothing you can't achieve (as long as driver support is consistent) that you could with 7, but it isn't intuitive, it is a different interface.
This is OK for some, but for the average or casual user it is tiresome. Anybody whom has experience with XP, will find 7 'recognisable' and any mix and match inbetween. Moving from any OS to 8 has no intuitive feel to it (IMO of course)

Hey guys. I agree that W8 is not so nice on a 'non touch' machine but it is much faster & less 'bloat ware' than W7. I put it on my dual core 9yr old Compaq 6000v laptop and it's now a 'flying machine'. BUT I also loaded 'classic shell' which gives you the w7 user interface so now I have the best of both worlds. I also replaced the hard drive with a 500gb Hybrid hard drive & windows loads In Approx 20-25 secs. I also did a dual boot for W7 but have never used it. So W8 with classic shell is brilliant! Look at YouTube for instructions.

Hot!!! Just bought a copy. I've been waiting for a decent price.

The new style (Metro) is likely to be around for a while, so you might as well embrace it or at least learn to find your way around it. I went on a course a while back and found they're using the same interface on Server 2010. Not good trying to go through a course and figure out how Windows works as well.

There was a lot of grief when MS moved to the new ribbons for their Office apps but you get used to it. I'm hoping it'll be the same for Win 8. I can see why people don't like it. I'll give it a few months before I decide whether I'm one of them.

If I wanted a touch OS, I will use a tablet. I work in IT so have had to use and learn W8 but all my machines at home running W7 will be staying like that for the foreseeable.

I have had to train people to use W8 as I have had to for previous OS's and nearly all the people who I have trained have found it staggeringly unintuitive.

They'd have to pay me £44.99 to install this dross!

Anyne who would prefer Vista or Millenium over 8/8.1 has clearly never run their PC for more than 5 minutes.
They weren't stable enough to stay on longer than it took to say BSOD. At least win 8 doesn't fall over like a drunken donkey on roller blades.

While the comments about Windows 8 are largely absurd (and I don't mean that as an exaggeration - I genuinely believe they're absurd), I also don't see the point in upgrading from 7. In fact, if my laptop wasn't touch screen I wouldn't even bother to upgrade from XP either!

kennethsross

Oh LOL, always have to smile at the Win 8 hate - has almost become a … Oh LOL, always have to smile at the Win 8 hate - has almost become a Pavlovian response. Hot, from one of the millions of battle-hardened Windows users, with memories going right back to Windows 3.0, who are perfectly happy working with 8.0/8.1, and recognise it as one of the most stable Windows operating systems in a long, long time.



Agreed. Luddite half wits who can't/won't adapt or are incapable of tweaking it to look and behave as they wish. I hate windows 8 - Baa, Baa. It is becoming a similar tiresome response to the 'cold not an iphone lot' X)

Edited by: "rheumatoid" 11th Aug 2014

My independent PC retailer tells me W8 is reduced in price because MS recognise they can't do a lot more with it and turned their concentration to W9 - so best to hope things are finally sorted with W9..... (_;)

If you've not got a touchscreen laptop the whole W8 experience is borderline painful.

Good price, however just my opinion:

I used windows 8 for over a year maybe about two. It offers you everything windows 7 does, and you can do the same things on windows 7 but with more clicks, trying to fumble under hidden options. If you have windows 7, this is an uglier, dumbed down version of the OS. Trust me, it is THAT bad. Without the startisback utility it is actually as good for productivity as a used pregnancy test.

We have 9 macs in the house, 2 windows desktops and 2 windows laptops. Apart from the older macs all machines that support intel CPU's have had windows 8 installed on them (due to an over-frenzied fanboy upgrade knee-jerk reaction) and this is by far the worst OS you will probably ever use in your life. Under the hood it's fine, but interface wise it is just excruciatingly bad. Yes, it really is as bad as everyone says it is. Just use windows 7 because this is 7 with a tacked on touch interface.

Pro or Home version?

rheumatoid

Agreed. Luddite half wits who can't/won't adapt or are incapable of … Agreed. Luddite half wits who can't/won't adapt or are incapable of tweaking it to look and behave as they wish. It is becoming a similar tiresome response to the 'cold not an iphone lot' X)



I always smile when out come the smug types that praise W8 trying to be superior as if they are more tech savy and on the ball. Truth is W8 is a steaming pile of **** and every one and his dog knows it.

Its very kind of Argos to offer £45 to upgrade to win 8 but I would rather stick with Windows 95.

sticking with w7 ... to many horror stories about 8 .... and it looks bad enough on mobiles. Luckily ive got retail copies of xp and w7 to fall back on instead of this pile of poo

majortom

don't do it, please, I beg you. ... don't go for windows 8....... … don't do it, please, I beg you. ... don't go for windows 8....... Please, avoid the carnage. .. think of the children. .. ......


Stop being such a wuss LOL

toaster

I always smile when out come the smug types that praise W8 trying to be … I always smile when out come the smug types that praise W8 trying to be superior as if they are more tech savy and on the ball. Truth is W8 is a steaming pile of **** and every one and his dog knows it.



Baaa Baaaa

I'm amazed that these Windows 8 haters still haven't learned they can install Classic Shell and then hardly have to see the touch interface.
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