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

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

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2 x 14.7 x 14.6 cm
  • ASIN: B008H3SW4I
  • Release Date: Oct. 26 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #160 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Gord on Feb. 12 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HelSan on Sept. 12 2013
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wondimu Manyaz on Aug. 19 2013
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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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Kev on Oct. 29 2012
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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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By random eng dude on April 14 2013
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Got it with a new laptop, would have preferred win7 but was not available for the model I wanted. Was open to giving it a shot, was easy enough to figure out and I am still currently using it on the laptop. That being said I would not recommend windows 8 to anyone, I just didn't want to spend another 99$ for a oem copy of 7.
Windows 8 doesn't really add anything, don't give me any promotional bull about tiles/apps/gestures, and worse of all tries to force a terrible touch interface on pc users. It might make sense on a touch centric device but just doesn't work for my laptop or any pc really. Like everyone wants to scroll to the fracking corners all the time.
Typical MS trying to force a unified one size fits all solution on people who don't want it. Its a major step backwards for consumers and MS signalling it wants to move towards a more closed system model. The worst part, they are trying to lock people in with bios tom foolery, may not be a big barrier but still making technical barriers for the less informed is bad for consumers. Shame MS, shame.
Like it would have been that hard to include an option box somewhere for a desktop mode of some sort or a start button. It may not strictly be necessary but would have pleased a lot of people to have a choice. Don't give me any of that EA SimCity bull about it couldn't have been done either.
You can use apps to customize it to work in a more natural way, that's what I'm doing for now, but really why should you have to? You shouldn't have to buy an OS that "sorta" works alright for PCs even if it does work good on tablets/phones.
Don't get it, its another vista type fail. Stay away if possible, ensure you have downgrade route if you can't. Terrible. I don't think I'd upgrade from 7 for free.
This OS is a contributing factor to the recent accelerated declines in PC sales, take the hint and stay away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Racer on May 10 2013
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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 By Rick Blundon on Nov. 30 2012
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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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