Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Disc(Hard Copy) For £24.99 delivered from Microsoft Store
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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Disc(Hard Copy) For £24.99 delivered from Microsoft Store

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Found 3rd Jan 2013
Been trying to figure out how to install windows 8 on my old vista laptop and just before I went to download it, saw this ship it option for the same price as downloads, it was £50 previously so don't know what happened. Hope this helps someone in the same situation as me!

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They seem to be getting desperate. If you wait a bit longer they will probably give it away. Then they will release windows 8.1 without the metro interface :-)

Upgraded to windows 8 and it's a BIG leap, once your there, there's no turning back unless you install on a separate partition.

It's horrible don't do it yet...

Yes, it's horrible, independent ad ons will give you the familiar start screen and the option to close with only two clicks.
See:
reviews.cnet.com/830…-8/

Also the media centre ad on is still available free
windows.microsoft.com/en-…cks
(not the full feature pack, down at the bottom of the page)

This gives one persons account of why they did what they did.
(Long but informative)
blogs.msdn.com/b/b…spx

Edited by: "jasee" 27th Dec 2012

gpawan

Upgraded to windows 8 and it's a BIG leap, once your there, there's no … Upgraded to windows 8 and it's a BIG leap, once your there, there's no turning back unless you install on a separate partition.



Yes, always do that

This is the normal price for the download version at the moment, and is not a deal.
Edited by: "merchant_ac" 27th Dec 2012

kunyk

http://www.businessinsider.com/nyt-windows-8-2012-12


Not the best of arguments, sales lost due to people buying tablets instead of laptops and PCs, hardly a fault of Windows 8.

merchant_ac

This is the normal price for the download version, and is not a deal.


You're wrong, it's an introductory reduced price until January 31.

I like it, its faster, more stable, the only thing i miss is the start menu but using a keyboard shortcut you can access all the files/programs and settings.

Actually, if you miss the Start menu, have a look for Start8 by stardock. Its a couple of quid but works nicely.

I have to admit that I quite like it! And this is not a bad offer at all.

having suffered windows ME and Vista before - other than missing the start menu Windows 8 has the thumbs up from me, so grab whilst it's on this offer. Just had a few minor issues with older programs having to run under compatibility mode, had a mix of luck with device drivers. But its a stable and resource light OS - my system rarely peaks at 3GB ram and mainly runs below 2GB - so wouldn't go mad on buying RAM.

Also get and SSD for the OS - so it's superfast boot

As above if you use the start menu blocker it loads just like windows 7

I paid this on release ... it is standard download rrp until 31st Jan ... for awareness this is a good deal, so heat added.

OP haters gonna hate, they don't like change find them a tissue deal so they can cry themselves to sleep!! change is inevitable they need to get over it. Good OS even if it takes a while to get used to

You can get it for 14.99 here. It doesn't check if the qualifying details you put in are correct (unless they have changed that)

anonemouse

You can get it for 14.99 here. It doesn't check if the qualifying … You can get it for 14.99 here. It doesn't check if the qualifying details you put in are correct (unless they have changed that)



They changed that around a month ago. You now need a valid serial

jasee

Yes, always do that



Can you recommend a programme for creating new partitions on an existing drive?

sorely tempted.

if you use keyboard shortcuts like i always have then metro ui is not a problem, it is faster (pc boot up approx 12 seconds from post) and appears more stable (but wont run theme hospital :-( ) lol

You don't actually need to upgrade for this to work, there is a registry change you can make to allow you to install on a blank drive.

I have this installed on a media centre pc. It works really well. Might not be first choice for a standard desktop pc but they aren't going to change it back now. This is the way it is.

You don't have to install the second you download so it's worth getting hold of this price if you're even half tempted.

Microsoft's failing hasn't been in W8 itself but in their complete failure to educate people, It's almost as if they want people to think it's completely different to anything before. They assumed people would "figure it out themselves" - instead people would rather just believe what they read on forums.

It's also true that first impressions last and it will seem scary the first time you start it up and see the Metro Screen - but this ought to last a day or so and once you get the desktop with icons and a task bar there is nothing you could do on W7 that can't be done now - what's truly awful isn't W8 but the fact that people still can't cope 2 months later.

Raspberry

Can you recommend a programme for creating new partitions on an existing … Can you recommend a programme for creating new partitions on an existing drive?




Gparted.
Sorry it's linux but put on a cd and it will load and you will be able to use it to repartition the drive. You simply need to resize the partition that windows has been installed on.

gparted.sourceforge.net/

You need to understand a little about partitioning, it's interface is similar to partition magic, if you've used that.
Not recommended for the novice.

Why would I pay microsoft £24.95 to " upgrade " to an OS that much of my existing/working software is not compatible with?...including some Microsoft software..oO This would seem like a downgrade to me. Even my DVD's will not play, it seems.

As said, not a 'deal' as such.

Just make sure you have some driver compatibility. No bluetooth or USB 3 support for me, for example so a non starter.

looks a bit like android to me?!?

No its faster to boot, it's as stable as Windows 7 which was very stable anyway. It's actually slower when using it for games and various other features.

techspot.com/rev…tml

Sammy108

I like it, its faster, more stable, the only thing i miss is the start … I like it, its faster, more stable, the only thing i miss is the start menu but using a keyboard shortcut you can access all the files/programs and settings.

Bashop

looks a bit like android to me?!?

My keyboard looks like a typewriter

Wow they can't give this thing away. I am using it and there really is no performance improvement or even general usability improvements over windows 7. In fact windows 7 is easier and more streamlined to use with windows 8 taking longer to do the simplest tasks. I also had to get a third party start menu software. Why they removed it is beyond anyone.

If you've bought a windows 7 pc in the last 12 months the upgrade is only £14.99
windows.microsoft.com/en-…fer

The moaners are entitled to their opinion but hopefully most people realise that a start menu is just one part of the interface to the operating system and not the be-all and end-all - it's just one way of launching programs. Even if you have two dozen programmes then desktop icons are still the best way of launching them rather than some antique menu. Does Android or IOS have a menu? - better throw away your phone and tablet as well then!! The Metro interface is really for Apps - needed for touchscreen but you can happily ignore them all day long otherwise.

Sammy108

I like it, its faster, more stable, the only thing i miss is the start … I like it, its faster, more stable, the only thing i miss is the start menu but using a keyboard shortcut you can access all the files/programs and settings.



or install "classic shell", makes win 8 like win 7, vista or xp

leitchyleck

or install "classic shell", makes win 8 like win 7, vista or xp




Or just don't bother with 8.(_;)
Edited by: "Inactive" 27th Dec 2012

toiletseatlicker

If you've bought a windows 7 pc in the last 12 months the upgrade is only … If you've bought a windows 7 pc in the last 12 months the upgrade is only £14.99http://windows.microsoft.com/en-gb/windows/upgrade-offer


It's less time than that, June wasn't 12 months ago.

Inactive

Or just don't bother with 8.(_;)



For £14.99 I upgraded with no problems at all, all programs/documents came over perfectly, with classic shell added to win8 I get the best of both worlds!

classicshell.sourceforge.net/

sorry to be the paranoid one of the bunch but isnt installing all these third party apps leave thev OS even more open to intruders...I know that android is so unsecure its a joke...for that very reason

Sounds like you're someone with common sense. The silent majority have just adapted without any of these add-ons that are just fashion and benefited from the advantages of W8 plus the future incremental updates that will happen I think - rather than any more big-bang new OS versions

I probably click on about 4 things on my start menu on windows 7, I just have them as quick launch icons or desktop icons on windows 8. It is an odd choice by Microsoft but it's not exactly difficult to live with it. After using it a bit i now don't miss the start menu at all.

All of the programs are just a couple of clicks away anyway.
If anyone makes any good "apps" for windows 8 the metro interface might actually be useful.

MadonnaProject

Wow they can't give this thing away. I am using it and there really is no … Wow they can't give this thing away. I am using it and there really is no performance improvement or even general usability improvements over windows 7. In fact windows 7 is easier and more streamlined to use with windows 8 taking longer to do the simplest tasks. I also had to get a third party start menu software. Why they removed it is beyond anyone.



I agree it's a nightmare. It takes longer, and more clicks to achieve the most basic tasks. The removal of the start menu is akin to some kind of masochistic attempt at sabotage.

The 'if you know your keyboard shortcuts' is quite possibly the worst argument in favour. Much about windows eight seems to be an improvement, it seems slick, the removal of aero improves speed.

However, the downsides are utterly appalling. The removal of the start menu makes the must mundane of tasks annoying.

You downloaded something from the internet to your downloads folder in your user profile.
On vista/w7, you go to start menu, click on the user top right, there it is.
Try doing that on W8.

You want to put a shortcut to the default email programme that came with your computer on your desktop. On XP, vista and W7 you pressed start menu, navigated to the top, right clicked outlook express/WLM/WM and choose send to desktop.

On top of this, microsoft have spent time and effort removing options to customise and configure their software, hiding things out of sight.

W8 is a very frustrating experience with a mouse and keyboard, and that frustration has only come about as a deliberate act by Microsoft.

Oh, one other thing, their 'refresh' facility sounds fantastic, especially enticing to the end user wanting to get their system running back to normal but without losing data. Except, it removes OS customisation, drivers and OS software from windows 8, it removes windows live mail, removes all third party software, and their own software that wasnt bought via their app store.

I was quite apprehensive when I first got it but after spending a few days getting used to the new features I can honestly say I'm ready to give up Win7. The multi touch no one seems to have mentioned is a great addition and brings the feel closer to Apple's OS. the lack of start button troubled me at first but now I have all my frequently used apps and features all on the desktop. A quick swipe on the right edge of the touch pad brings out all the hidden apps and features. No more scrolling through in the little start menu for calculator or word pad. The most impressive of all is from boot up to running IE takes just 20 sec without SSD. Whether the boot up time will deteriorate like all the previous windows remains to be seen.

The metro interface put all your social network and Xbox accounts in one place. A bunch of free apps and games are available from Microsoft store. Some of you might feel nostalgic but we shouldn't fixated on the start menu, it's been with us for far too long. iOS, android are doing great without it.
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