Windows 8.1 Full Version £20 @ Tesco (Lockerbie Road Dumfries)
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Windows 8.1 Full Version £20 @ Tesco (Lockerbie Road Dumfries)

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Found 18th Aug 2015
Full Version of Windows 8.1.

Found in the clearance section of Tesco, Lockerbie Road Dumfries. There seemed to be at least half a dozen on the shelf. Install and upgrade to Windows 10. Could be useful for someone building a new system.

Home edition
- rev6

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sweet, heat

Good spot

Thanks for your deal. I've updated the deal for you

Home edition for anyone wondering.

Im Jel so cold

hehehe have some heat

Banned

Would normally get a reddit key but this would be ideal. A fully legal version of windows

Thanks for being specific in terms of where to find the deal. Heat added!

Original Poster

Is there a way of knowing if deals are national?

goodclicks

Is there a way of knowing if deals are national?



​If the deal says Tesco in the title, it's not national

****... I was on holiday there last week

Editor

mikeydalby

****... I was on holiday there last week



In Tesco?

If you are buying this specifically for W10 upgrading, maybe an OEM W7 Pro off Ebay would be better? I upgraded a new machine two weeks ago & paid £29 off Ebay for a license & DVD. If you want the Pro edition that is, if not, ignore.

win 8.1 us terrible but dego get it, then upgrade to 10

Warning! Do not buy from reddit or ebay.

Two keys i bought from reddit already blocked. If you buy from ebay only buy sealed retail boxed version.

royals

win 8.1 us terrible but dego get it, then upgrade to 10


Actually it isn't terrible. If you added classic shell it looked just fine to me.
Although win10 would of course be worth getting anyway.

Oneday77

Actually it isn't terrible. If you added classic shell it looked just … Actually it isn't terrible. If you added classic shell it looked just fine to me. Although win10 would of course be worth getting anyway.



I honestly think Windows 8.1 is better. Too much XAML now in Windows 10, a bit like a frankenstein monster. With 8.1 you could avoid XAML completely once you install a start menu replacement. I have one even with Windows 10.
Edited by: "rev6" 18th Aug 2015

Justme1969

If you are buying this specifically for W10 upgrading, maybe an OEM W7 … If you are buying this specifically for W10 upgrading, maybe an OEM W7 Pro off Ebay would be better? I upgraded a new machine two weeks ago & paid £29 off Ebay for a license & DVD. If you want the Pro edition that is, if not, ignore.


I've read a couple of accounts of Microsoft being stricter (I suppose actually upholding their rules now) on keys, specifically OEM keys. If you significantly change your PC (ie change the motherboard) then you will NOT be able to use an OEM key again because it is tied to that motherboard.

If you buy a standard detail key, you are fine to use the key again when changing your machine, as long as it is being used on one machine.

This isn't directed at your specifically, just thought I'd mention if for anyone who is unaware of this policy!

adaviyya

Warning! Do not buy from reddit or ebay.Two keys i bought from reddit … Warning! Do not buy from reddit or ebay.Two keys i bought from reddit already blocked. If you buy from ebay only buy sealed retail boxed version.



haha my reddit key worked for about a year on windows 8........then I thought I would update to 8.1......you can guess the rest

rev6

I honestly think Windows 8.1 is better. Too much XAML now in Windows 10, … I honestly think Windows 8.1 is better. Too much XAML now in Windows 10, a bit like a frankenstein monster. With 8.1 you could avoid XAML completely once you install a start menu replacement. I have one even with Windows 10.



No HighDPI monitor yet? Your opinion of WPF may well change when you get one.

Justme1969

If you are buying this specifically for W10 upgrading, maybe an OEM W7 … If you are buying this specifically for W10 upgrading, maybe an OEM W7 Pro off Ebay would be better? I upgraded a new machine two weeks ago & paid £29 off Ebay for a license & DVD. If you want the Pro edition that is, if not, ignore.



Against the licence terms. Only Windows 8 OEM versions have the personal use clause, Windows 7, 8.1 and 10 OEM are only for installation on a PC you're building for someone else.

And of course, -75% discount on ebay means it could well be dubious in some other way too (volume licence key etc.)

Hot deal from me, shame it's not national.

I'm still using the old dog Vista and my PC has "died" twice this week already!
This is a deal that would be most welcome in this house!
Been phoning all the "Extra" stores within reasonable distance and found a store with three copies!
Once I've got my sweaty mitts on one, I'll post where the other two copies can be had!
Watch this space

Anyone fancy a trip to Dumfries for me......lol. I've given up on my branch of Tesco ever offering anything worthy of hotukdeals.

Hot, if you're near Tesco Dumfries.

Cold everywhere else I suspect?

rev6

I honestly think Windows 8.1 is better. Too much XAML now in Windows 10, … I honestly think Windows 8.1 is better. Too much XAML now in Windows 10, a bit like a frankenstein monster. With 8.1 you could avoid XAML completely once you install a start menu replacement. I have one even with Windows 10.



I actually don't like Windows 10 that much as I've mentioned in this thread (not my deal) >

hotukdeals.com/dea…687

I was wondering what you meant by XAML in terms of how it impacts the user, it's not something I've noticed, then again I don't come from a programming background. So how does XAML unavoidably impact the general user in Windows 10?

fishmaster

I actually don't like Windows 10 that much as I've mentioned in this … I actually don't like Windows 10 that much as I've mentioned in this thread (not my deal) >http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/asus-x102ba-touch-laptop-windows-8-office-2013-159-ebuyer-2265225?p=25795687I was wondering what you meant by XAML in terms of how it impacts the user, it's not something I've noticed, then again I don't come from a programming background. So how does XAML unavoidably impact the general user in Windows 10?



You see XAML all around Windows 10. The new start menu, when you right click a window in the taskbar, the notification panel, the entire settings window, the calculator, etc. It has limited functionality and you have to search around for the legacy alternative like the display settings for example. It's an end-user criticism as to me it effects the usage of the OS.

nice

Oneday77

Actually it isn't terrible. If you added classic shell it looked just … Actually it isn't terrible. If you added classic shell it looked just fine to me.


You don't even have to install Classic Shell. I managed perfectly fine without it.

You can write a WinForms style application in XAML if you are feeling especially suicidal

XAML != Moden UI
Edited by: "mattclarkie" 18th Aug 2015

I like the way they shift versions.... windows 7, then buggy 8, then fixed 8.1 and hey windows 10, where the hell is 9 then ? Oh I know aka not bothered to release buggy version since everybody knows that second release is crap...
http://www.overclock.net/content/type/61/id/779988/width/600/height/466

rev6

You see XAML all around Windows 10. The new start menu, when you right … You see XAML all around Windows 10. The new start menu, when you right click a window in the taskbar, the notification panel, the entire settings window, the calculator, etc. It has limited functionality and you have to search around for the legacy alternative like the display settings for example. It's an end-user criticism as to me it effects the usage of the OS.



Right I understand you now. I entirely agree. Here's one example I can think of the Settings app and Control Panel. Control Panel is legacy and Settings is modern, however it now means there's an awful inconsistency with Windows 10. Windows Update which you expect to see in Control Panel is gone, managing Settings such as region and even resolution is massively clunky and poorly designed in XAML. Windows 10 now has an inherent bad design employed. This simply wouldn't happen in OSX for example. Microsoft Edge is terrible, lack of settings/control and no password manager from a supposed class leading browser.

Microsoft don't understand when simplicity works and when it doesn't. It doesn't work in Microsoft Edge and it doesn't work having effectively two control panels and worst of all having a new control panel called Settings where functionality that should be easy to find such as changing resolution is hidden.

Windows 10 is a triumph of yet more UI design failure and overall implementation. The amount of resources that Microsoft has, surely you'd think they'd employ someone who had a clue about such basic features. Douglas Englebart understood this 50+ years ago and still we don't have the level of integration in the systems that he designed. Windows 10 is unprofessional and shoddy in my opinion.
Edited by: "fishmaster" 18th Aug 2015

aceuk

You don't even have to install Classic Shell. I managed perfectly fine … You don't even have to install Classic Shell. I managed perfectly fine without it.



Classic shell is a fix for something that doesn't need fixing. It's a case of familiarity over any real usable function.

Does windows 8 ever come with a 'proper' licence or just something like this:

http://community-stage.sony.co.uk/legacyfs/online/190743_windows-8-COA-sticker.jpg

Never understand this site.... for voting.

Personally think its a good deal, if you can find it. Nothing wrong with 8.1 on my hardware. Have had less BSOD etc with 8.1 than I did with Windows 7.

I wouldn't bother it's rubbish.

Mikeeydee

I wouldn't bother it's rubbish.



And have you actually tried Windows 8?

jasee

Does windows 8 ever come with a 'proper' licence or just something like … Does windows 8 ever come with a 'proper' licence or just something like this:



​You won't get a COA, you'll need to run a software utility to get the key out if the UEFI (BIOS). PM for details if required.

jasee

Does windows 8 ever come with a 'proper' licence or just something like … Does windows 8 ever come with a 'proper' licence or just something like this:



​this would be a disc and activation key based version. When buying a prebuilt PC or a laptop the key is tied to the hardware and essentially placed in the bios/cmos. its why you never see Win8/8.1 machines with big ugly stickers on for the key anymore.

Anthonis

I like the way they shift versions.... windows 7, then buggy 8, then … I like the way they shift versions.... windows 7, then buggy 8, then fixed 8.1 and hey windows 10, where the hell is 9 then ? Oh I know aka not bothered to release buggy version since everybody knows that second release is crap...



​The alleged reason for the skip of 9 was for lazy legacy programming checks on what version of windows was installed. Apparently in testing some Java apps refused to run as they thought 9 meant 95 or 98.

alexjameshaines

​You won't get a COA, you'll need to run a software utility to get the k … ​You won't get a COA, you'll need to run a software utility to get the key out if the UEFI (BIOS). PM for details if required.



I would love to know how to get this. Also what happens if your hardware dies? Surely you can use the key on another hardware??

alexjameshaines

​The alleged reason for the skip of 9 was for lazy legacy programming c … ​The alleged reason for the skip of 9 was for lazy legacy programming checks on what version of windows was installed. Apparently in testing some Java apps refused to run as they thought 9 meant 95 or 98.




I thought it was because 7 8 9 X)
Edited by: "mxer450" 18th Aug 2015
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