Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC) - AMAZON - £49.99 with price guarantee
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Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC) - AMAZON - £49.99 with price guarantee

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Found 6th Aug 2012
Windows 8 seems like it's going to be like Marmite, you'll either love it or hate it. If it's an improved Windows 7, which I am personally very happy with then it's worth a punt. Amazon are also offering a Pre-order Price Guarantee: Order now and if the Amazon price decreases between the time you place your order and the release date, you'll be charged the lowest price.
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Linux is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE
Let's try and keep this deal on topic and not into another "Windows 8 sucks" rant.

Edit - My bad, got my math wrong. It's $39.99 in the US so we have been typically ripped off again if this is the RRP over here.
Edited by: "redarrowrules" 6th Aug 2012
If its $39.99 in the US, then surely that makes it about £26.00 and they are ripping us of again with a £49.99 price.

Lets turn this thread into a windows 8 sucks ripoff thread
**** them ****
bytes

If its $39.99 in the US, then surely that makes it about £26.00 and they … If its $39.99 in the US, then surely that makes it about £26.00 and they are ripping us of again with a £49.99 price.Lets turn this thread into a windows 8 sucks ripoff thread



Not really, its the same price as US but we pay 20% VAT.

20% of £49.99 is 9.998, which works out as a total of £39.99.

And the USA price is not usually the price people in USA pay. The states all hve a variety of what they call "sales tax", which tends to average about 7% or so. So in truth the USA price is more like $42.78
aint this £14.99 for an upgrade from win 7 with new pc's?

If it's an improved Windows 7



It's not.
TrooperUK

Not really, its the same price as US but we pay 20% VAT. 20% of £49.99 is … Not really, its the same price as US but we pay 20% VAT. 20% of £49.99 is 9.998, which works out as a total of £39.99.And the USA price is not usually the price people in USA pay. The states all hve a variety of what they call "sales tax", which tends to average about 7% or so. So in truth the USA price is more like $42.78



That's some flawed maths there...
TrooperUK

Not really, its the same price as US but we pay 20% VAT. 20% of £49.99 is … Not really, its the same price as US but we pay 20% VAT. 20% of £49.99 is 9.998, which works out as a total of £39.99.And the USA price is not usually the price people in USA pay. The states all hve a variety of what they call "sales tax", which tends to average about 7% or so. So in truth the USA price is more like $42.78



That is some crazy maths oO
I can't find it on USA site?
I might be wrong about this but i'm sure i read somewhere that there's going to be a disc or a download with the download being cheaper due to postage/disc etc.

Might work out cheaper if you buy it from microsoft direct too - windows.microsoft.com/en-…ome. As amazon won't sell the download, only the disc you might not get it cheaper with the Pre-order Price Guarantee
Edited by: "pishposhping" 6th Aug 2012
The Evolution of Windows:

http://www.gagbay.com/images/2012/07/evolution_of_windows-116522.jpg
I was just reading about the new activation process , I doubt MS will have to worry about the pirates with this one
Edited by: "Marv21" 6th Aug 2012
This is the retail version of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, note that it says it comes on DVD.

The $39.99 offer is for the download version from the Microsoft web store, I think they have said that it will also be coming to the UK, but the price is yet to be confirmed.

That said even at £49.99 it is by previous standards a great price.

*edit*

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.
windowsteamblog.com/win…spx

That's £44.84, add VAT at 20% and it is £53.80.

So in fact the price Amazon are charging is apparently slightly cheaper than the US list price with VAT.
Hate marmite... hate windows 8
TrooperUK

Windows 8 seems like it's going to be like Marmite


...a sloppy mess
£50? Send me £25 on Paypal and I'll gladly wreck your computer for half the price.
Rugrats

Linux is FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE



Linux is only free if your time is worth nothing.
£50 for a downgrade?

No. Just no.
rogdog

Linux is only free if your time is worth nothing.



nonsense, so if your time worth a lot then get M$ garbage????
for the average user Linux is the best OS there is.
for application specific like CAD you can't beat M$, all though even Linux has CAD apps,
or if you use Adobe products maybe Apple OS is your choice, again, Linux has a superb apps.
so no matter what business you are in, Linux has an app for you, (not to the aesthetics of M$ or Apple, but that will do the job free of charge.)
Having used the retail version of windows 8... all i can say is prepare to be gobsmacked.... if you have shares in microsoft you might want to look at selling them now
Title and OP changed back - Thanks
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Edited by: "goonertillidie" 6th Aug 2012
I haven't used Win8 enough to make an opinion on it yet, but I would stick with Win7 quite happily for a couple of years currently. Win8 is more for tablets in my opinion, touchscreen friendly front end and quite possibly very screwed up in the background.

All I know is that in the future I won't touch any Apple OS :P
I've read a bit about this lately and whilst the UK price hasn't yet been confirmed, it's widely thought (from what MS have said to various sources) that the price elsewhere across the world will be, more or less, a straight exchange rate conversion. Accordingly, the DL version is expected to be around £25, plus VAT so around £30 in total.

It has also been hinted by MS (by reading between the lines) that if you happen to be running a pirate version of a previous OS then they are likely to 'turn a blind eye' should you attempt to take advantage of the upgrade offer. The thinking appears to be that they want you 'onboard' with an official version as whichever way you look at it, if you're currently running a pirate copy they get zilch from you, you upgrade and you're 'legal' and they get some money from you. Pretty simple business logic if you ask me and another way of securing even more market share.

It's also been suggested that if you're a system builder then you can't take advantage of this specific offer - there is a different, more expensive offer for an OEM version. However, it has further been suggested that if you are a system builder, or indeed a home enthusiast building your own PC, then you may well be able to use this upgrade offer by simply installing an OEM version of XP/Vista/W7 (even if used before in another buld or even if already running on another computer in your home) on the new build and then going to upgrade. Or let's say you have a laptop running XP/Vista/W7 (with or without an OEM version), it's been suggested you can use the installation disk on a new build even though you've already used it on the laptop, and then proceed to upgrade to W8 for the same price.

The upgrade procedure is basically MS going through your existing system to see if it's compatible, telling you if it isn't and what you need to do to make it compatible etc., and then if it is, allowing you to upgrade. It's not until that point that you will be charged. It is also thought that it will be at this time that anything 'dodgy' found by MS (pirate version of previous OS, OEM version already used before or even that version having been upgraded already etc.) will be 'ignored' and you will be allowed to proceed to upgrade.

As things stand, this is all hearsay, but I've read enough to suggest there is a strong likelyhood that what I've said above will happen. You can't expect MS to broadcast any of this as a fact in advance (they don't want to be seen to condone any form of piracy of abuse of OEM OS), but they seem to have dropped enough hints to suggest they want as many people as possible to upgrade to an official version of Windows 8 regardless of what the previous PC has been running.

Anyway, this price doesn't seem too bad for the actual disk as it has been confirmed that a physical disk will cost more than the DL version. The DL version can be dowloaded and burnt to a DVD so it's essentially the same thing. I understand you will also get a new serial/registration number whichever way you upgrade, and this will replace the number (legit or not) of the current OS you are running.

None of this is guaranteed as yet, but hope this helps some people. It's just what I've read as I'm in the middle of building my first new pc in 4 or 5 years and have a lot to get to grips with.
Have tried Windows 8 (release preview) and its crap. used to hang my PC everytime I used it, which I think is not of a bad spec (windows 7, i7 2nd generation, 6gb Ram, 2gb nividia). Seems like you need a super computer to run windows 8 LOL.

Now back on windows 7.



Have tried Windows 8 (release preview) and its crap. used to hang my PC everytime I used it, which I think is not of a bad spec (windows 7, i7 2nd generation, 6gb Ram, 2gb nividia). Seems like you need a super computer to run windows 8 LOL.

Now back on windows 7.



amisin4u

Have tried Windows 8 (release preview) and its crap. used to hang my PC … Have tried Windows 8 (release preview) and its crap. used to hang my PC everytime I used it, which I think is not of a bad spec (windows 7, i7 2nd generation, 6gb Ram, 2gb nividia). Seems like you need a super computer to run windows 8 LOL.Now back on windows 7.




I have a desktop and a laptop still running (legit) versions of XP, and a laptop running W7. Well it was - it's died on us and is now a brick, having lasted less than 2 years - great £500 buy that was from Acer!! Mobo ded - common fault with Acer it appears so I wouldn't recommend anybody buy an Acer as it's almost impossible to buy a replacement mobo and the cheapest I've found is over £200!

Anyway, off topic. That laptop ran W7 and I'll be honest - I hated it and just couldn't get used to it. I may be old fashioned, but I much prefer XP and I can't personally see myself wanting to upgrade to W8, and comments like yours (plus others I've read on the net) only confirm my reluctance to upgrade.

I know I'll spend an eternity in hell for this but..........................XP rules!

And even if not for that, I'll spend an eternity in hell for many other reasons.....................;)
Windows 8 is like marmite, brown, sloppy and smells like poop!

I didn't like the preview as I have desktop NOT a tablet.
I'm looking forward to it and I'll put it on my laptop and desktop. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to put it on the wife's laptop though... I'm not sure I'm impressed by that price either, I was sure I'd heard pricing would be better than that. I'm pretty sure I paid £50 for the advance order of windows 7 and I thought 8 was going to be less?
I hear that for gamers it will suck as the developers don't like it?
Wow. I must be in a minority. I'm currently running the preview on my Advent 4211, one of the first netbooks, about 4 years old. I have just installed an SSD and took the opportunity to try out Win8 - and I like it. I am treating the tiled Metro side of things as my start menu, and using it in desktop mode, and I gotta say, it feels like Win7, but slicker. I'm sure the SSD is playing a part in how fast it feels, but the interface is improved, explorer is better suited to common tasks - but in any case, if you use it in desktop mode, it really isn't that much different to Win.

I'm on a really poor spec, and it running fine, easily as well as Win and XP before it. I think it is a great OS and will be upgrading as soon as a good deal is posted.

My 2 pence
Edited by: "solid" 6th Aug 2012
amisin4u

Have tried Windows 8 (release preview) and its crap. used to hang my PC … Have tried Windows 8 (release preview) and its crap. used to hang my PC everytime I used it, which I think is not of a bad spec (windows 7, i7 2nd generation, 6gb Ram, 2gb nividia). Seems like you need a super computer to run windows 8 LOL.Now back on windows 7.



No, you don't. Must be something up with your machine or the release preview didn't have a correct driver for something in it. I've run Win8 on a netbook and it felt faster than Win7.

Also people seem to be forgetting that you still have the standard desktop, it's just a button press behind the Metro interface. Which hopefully can be disabled in a future update or with an edit to the registry once someone works out how to do it.

I bet half the people in any Win8 thread haven’t even tried it, but are just jumping onto the “oh it looks different so sucks” bandwagon. Early reports suggest not only does it run quicker on current machines, it’s boot faster and offers additional features that a consumer will find useful. People just need to get past the Metro interface to see what is behind it.

Edited by: "redarrowrules" 6th Aug 2012
Explorer is absolute shi*e in Windows 7... Is folder/contents quantity/sizing back in 8?
Mac OS 10.8 was £2.80 per Mac here.
Remember, you can't say Metro (nor write it).
emmascorsa

I hear that for gamers it will suck as the developers don't like it?



Well, that's 100% reason for not buying (unless I can get it for under a tenner).
Windows 8, like Linux/KDE or Linux/Gnome is only an OS & GUI. Its not a religion. If it helps me good, if it can't decide whether its genuine or not and keeps putting me through the reactivation hoop and then discontinues itself forcing me to pay for an 'upgrade' I don't want - well then I'm going to try and avoid it. And make sure the rest of the office follows. Does that not seem sensible?

That really started at Vista time. Since then every application has had to be Linux compatible. We still have some legacy Windows stuff to trouble us. Be careful. Don't needlessly make yourself a prisoner of closed proprietary software. That way ends in tears and a depleted wallet.
using it now, the metro is ok but meh on a desktop PC. Seems slightly faster and boots noticeably quicker however not worth the upgrade IMO.
i dont have nor want a smartphone
chugerblug

I'm looking forward to it and I'll put it on my laptop and desktop. I'm … I'm looking forward to it and I'll put it on my laptop and desktop. I'm not sure I'm brave enough to put it on the wife's laptop though... I'm not sure I'm impressed by that price either, I was sure I'd heard pricing would be better than that. I'm pretty sure I paid £50 for the advance order of windows 7 and I thought 8 was going to be less?

think it`s about £15 but thats if you bought a windows 7 pc in the run up to windows 8.
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