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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, English

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
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Technical Details

  • Rock-solid foundation you have come to expect from Windows 7
  • Start screen has all of the information you care about in one place
  • Windows 8 is hands-on and designed to eliminate the need to choose
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro - Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7, English + Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack - Upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, English
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Product Description

The Windows 8 Pro Upgrade lets you put what matters most right on your Start screen, giving you instant access to your people, apps, and stuff so you can spend less time searching and more time doing. Windows 8 is smooth, intuitive, and designed to let you do what you want, the way you want - and Windows 8 Pro gives you enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt your data and more. Windows 8 is all about you, and about making it easy and fast to get to everything you need.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Stable but a Power struggle Feb. 12 2013
By Gord
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
For the most part I'm happy, it was a little weird to deal with tiles on a desktop, and installing programs, having them disappear into the void if there was no tile created.

Seems stable. Some drivers for older devices are dropped off. My mouse works but the extra buttons are not; yet.

Be careful about going from XP 32 to Win 8 64. I was on the chat with support for hours, he never did fix the issue, it seemed to fix itself. Make sure you do NOT install Win 32 bit first. Bad bad idea.

I have to warn you though, wrestling control of this OS from Microsoft is akin to taking on a pit bull, it does not want you to have much control and that has caused a few issues for me. Run as administrator is the catch all that doesn't do-all.

For those using FSX, no issues.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Pro runs better than Windows 7 Pro Sept. 12 2013
By HelSan
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Easy to upgrade from Windows 7 Pro
If you don't like the tiles, you setup to always stay on Desktop mode.
Install ClassicShell or upgrade to Windows 8.1 pro to get the Start button
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Upgraded from Windows 7 Ultimate Aug. 19 2013
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
I found this product as expected. I had a problem with my Windows 7 Ultimate activation and needed to upgrade to Windows 8. It worked out so fine and no bothering of activation issue with my previous version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Pro review May 10 2013
By Racer
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
I started this review the day after I installed this upgrade.

First: Delivery. I ordered this from Amazon in the evening of Dec. 31, 2012, a Sunday. They sent me notice that it had shipped on Monday. Tuesday {New Years holiday}. Wednesday the package arrived by Express Post. So if you remove New Years from the trip, I received my package within 48 hours.

Second: Price. I did some research before buying this program. MS charges about US$40 to upgrade from a previous version of Windows. They sell through retailers, such as this one at about $70 US or CDN. This is until mid January 2013 as a promotion. I passed by a Big Box store on the way home {Blue facade and a “snowflake” beside their name} and checked the price there, at about CDN$260. That was the Friday before I ordered through Amazon. Other retailers that I checked on-line advertised at the $70 price point.

Finally: The User Experience. Apparently MS was aiming for a less cluttered screen. They succeeded with one glaring exception. The opening screen has flat tiles in different colours, including News, Weather, and Sports Apps. All of which offer streaming headlines or info. The rest of the tiles just have a subject title. Along with Windows 8 comes Internet Explorer 10. What a surprise to click on that tile and find the same old cluttered mess that I got with Windows XP and IE 6 15 or so years ago. You would think that MS could have redesigned IE 10 to fit in with the “less cluttered” ideology. This is where I explain the mention of the N,W and S apps. IE also has news, weather and sports with info headlines. Why would a user want to have re-runs of the information on the opening screen? That is redundant.
Other than that oversight, I really like this new version of Windows.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A new direction for Microsoft Nov. 30 2012
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Overall a very good product. I tried running all of my applications and only a few we're incompatible. There are lots of interesting surprises within the operating system however with very little time you will be able to navigate around quite effectively. I have not yet put the operating system on my other machine however it is likely I will do that very soon.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
By Kev
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
Be careful before you buy this product; This is the UPGRADE retail version of Windows 8 Pro, NOT the full retail version.
The box contains both the 32bit and 64bit upgrade DVDs.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars once you tweak the OS, it is fantastic Sept. 6 2013
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
A faster Windows than Windows, if you will. I find Windows 8 boots and runs very quickly. It is also rock stable. I did find Metro to be useful on occasion, but decided that I wanted the day to day desktop experience and start button back. So rather than crap all over the OS with low ratings, I went out and spent less than 10 bucks on three applications from StarDock -- Start8 to get a better start button than Windows 7, ModernMix -- to allow me to have Metro apps in windows on the desktop (because some of the apps are better than the Windows 7 versions, for example Kindle and Skype), and Fences -- to perfectly organize my desktop. Once you do that, Windows 8 is a great experience. I wish more people would just do that rather than pounding the OS unfairly. Note that Windows 8.1 will fix most of these natively, although I will bet that StarDock will still do it better.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst version of Windows yet. Dec 24 2012
By Doc Rak
Format:Software|Verified Purchase
DO NOT BUY this product! Worst version of Windows yet. I bought this to speed up an old lap top I'm using. I had the beta of windows 8 running before and it was definitely an improvement. I decided not to bootleg a copy and bought the update version sold here. What a waste of money. In an effort to make the software simpler to use and more tablet friendly they totally ruined windows. It's not functional for a work environment and nothing is easy to find. It's so idiot proof that only an idiot could us it. I'm redoing my fathers computer and will end up installing windows 7. I can't imagine my father using windows 8. Oh and as for being good for tablets, Apple's OS is 1000 times better. DO NOT BUY this product.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The install went smoothly. Had to do complete install ...
The install went smoothly. Had to do complete install (going from Win 7 32 bit to Win 8 64 bit). Now the learning curve starts.
Published 1 day ago by Chris Smith
1.0 out of 5 stars so bad I installed Ubuntu instead
Was jumping from XP PRO which was very steady and simple, windows 8 is a disaster... so bad I installed Ubuntu instead, sure there was a learning curve but I am so happy that I no... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ariel Roberge
4.0 out of 5 stars mjb
was in jap but code works with other eng disk
Published 28 days ago by michael billings
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
As advertised.
Published 1 month ago by Linsebibble
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast, reliable
It is better than other versions of windows. With the older version of windows still on you pc, you can upgrade to 64 bit windows 8 pro by inserting the 64 bit windows 8 pro disc... Read more
Published 4 months ago by chong
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Pro
I purchased Windows 8 Pro to replace my Windows XP. The upgrade went very smooth. I enjoy the ease of use of Windows 8. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jackie
1.0 out of 5 stars Complete chit
This worthless chit is Vista all over again, DO NOT BUY UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES
This will turn your PC into something you truly hate.
Published 4 months ago by Robert Gerhardt
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 upgrading
It just works perfect for me. Upgrading from Windows XP ran smooth on my PC. Using Windows 8 is fine so far.
Published 11 months ago by Michel Leclair
5.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 works a lot faster than Vista!
I love the quick boot and shut down times.

The updates haven't been an annoying like they use to appear on Vista. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Donnie McFadden
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT UPGRADE unless you have a specific reason
I upgraded from XP to W8 on my five-year old notebook in order to speed up boot time. After a week of using it, I agree with most critical reviewers: YOU GET LESS THAN... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Eddie Chu
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