• Microsoft offering Windows 8 upgrade for $40 to everyone with XP and later
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[quote]We set out to make it as easy as possible for everyone to upgrade to Windows 8. Starting at general availability, if your PC is running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for just $39.99 in 131 markets. And if you want, you can add Windows Media Center for free through the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after your upgrade. When you use Windows.com to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant makes upgrading simple by walking you through the upgrade process step-by-step from purchase to download and then of course installation. [t]http://windowsteamblog.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Blogs-Components-WeblogFiles/00-00-00-59-23-metablogapi/3312.1_5F00_7742B8F9.png[/t] The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will check to make sure your PC is ready for Windows 8. It will provide a detailed compatibility report that lets you know of anything you may have to address before or after the upgrade and outlines actions to take. [t]http://windowsteamblog.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Blogs-Components-WeblogFiles/00-00-00-59-23-metablogapi/6472.2_5F00_16192CD8.png[/t] It will also inform you of any application or device compatibility issues. It will ask you what you want to keep from your current Windows installation. You will be able to upgrade from any consumer edition of Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro and bring everything along which includes your Windows settings, personal files, and apps. If you are upgrading from Windows Vista, you will be able to bring along your Windows settings and personal files, and if you are upgrading from Windows XP you will only be able to bring along your personal files. Of course, if you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along. Or if you prefer to format your hard drive as part of your upgrade experience, you can do so as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it. [t]http://windowsteamblog.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Blogs-Components-WeblogFiles/00-00-00-59-23-metablogapi/7870.5_5F00_711B6C5E.png[/t] Once you purchase your upgrade, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant kicks off your download. It has a built-in download manager that allows you to pause and continue your download at any time as well as a check to ensure your download completes successfully. [t]http://windowsteamblog.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Blogs-Components-WeblogFiles/00-00-00-59-23-metablogapi/6835.3_5F00_4255B3BC.png[/t] [t]http://windowsteamblog.com/cfs-filesystemfile.ashx/__key/CommunityServer-Blogs-Components-WeblogFiles/00-00-00-59-23-metablogapi/2543.4_5F00_138FFB1A.png[/t] After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling. We believe that your upgrade experience in Windows 8 will be a breeze by offering a faster experience, a single upgrade path, and compatibility from prior versions of Windows. We’ve continued to listen to our customers and have expanded the ability to download to over 100 countries and 37 languages. We have simplified the Windows upgrade experience with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant which supports you during your upgrade with everything from selecting your language to pausing your download to built-in compatibility checks - it’s seamless. And if you’re an enthusiast you will have the flexibility to download and control how you upgrade. 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. This upgrade promotion for Windows 8 Pro both online and at retail runs through January 31st, 2013. We wanted to share information about this upgrade promotion with you as we continue to drive toward the RTM milestone for Windows 8. We will of course have more to say and more details to provide closer to general availability. Oh, and by the way - if you’re not upgrading from a prior version of Windows and are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 in a virtual machine or a separate partition, you will be able to purchase and install the Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder product.[/quote] [b]Source: [url]http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx[/url][/b] You may not be exactly fond of the new start menu, but this is still a huge upgrade from XP, so I think it's pretty nice.
Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?
Okay, now that's pretty damn cool.
[QUOTE=MaddaCheeb;36595597]Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?[/QUOTE] Very fast.
eeeerrrr, can I still keep W7 if I want? Because I'd take this offer.
Now nobody has an excuse that they cannot upgrade from XP.
Why would I want to upgrade? I could buy several games on Steam with that money rather than paying for the new OS with even [B]less[/B] features. No thank you Mircosoft.
[QUOTE=Coffee;36595604]Very fast.[/QUOTE] So Aero won't take up 500 MB of RAM space this time around?
[QUOTE=MaddaCheeb;36595597]Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?[/QUOTE] They've cleaned up some under the hood stuff, but I wouldn't say it's worth upgrading if you already have Win7.
This makes up for a lot, Microsoft.
[QUOTE=BananaFoam;36595620]Why would I want to upgrade? I could buy several games on Steam with that money rather than paying for the new OS with even [B]less[/B] features. No thank you Mircosoft.[/QUOTE] You can judge it when it releases. But really, $40/£20 etc is really nothing for a pro version of Windows
[QUOTE=BananaFoam;36595620]Why would I want to upgrade? I could buy several games on Steam with that money rather than paying for the new OS with even [B]less[/B] features. No thank you Mircosoft.[/QUOTE] Maybe because your OS is 10 years old. For $40 I would upgrade all my computers in the house to W8 (if they had XP still.. ) It would be stupid not to upgrade
Enough complaining about wasting your money, if you don't want it, don't buy it. This is perfect for people who still use xp/vista and aren't very tech savvy; Windows 8 is really easy to use.
I just realized that all these new upgrades will probably make some of my older games obsolete and unplayable :(
[QUOTE=Alxnotorious;36595675]I just realized that all these new upgrades will probably make some of my older games obsolete and unplayable :([/QUOTE] Emulators.
[QUOTE=Alxnotorious;36595675]I just realized that all these new upgrades will probably make some of my older games obsolete and unplayable :([/QUOTE] With every new Windows comes compatibility problems It sucks, really
[QUOTE=MaddaCheeb;36595597]Can someone tell me the differences between W7 and this besides shitty metro and the lack of a start button?[/QUOTE] Better file explorer, task manager, multi-monitor support, it's faster overall.
So weird that they got rid of the start button. Like every keyboard has a start menu button, so will be weird not having it anymore
I take it if you already have Windows 7 it still isn't worth changing everything up?
Even 40 bucks is out of my budget! Oh well.
Well after having actually used Windows 8 for a period of time on my secondary PC, well, I don't mind the lack of the start button. Sure it takes time to get use to Metro (believe me it did) but now it makes sense and works quite well, I enjoy using it. Tell me, MaddaCheeb, have you even installed the preview? Or are you just riding the bandwagon.
[QUOTE=Ezhik;36595706]Better file explorer, task manager, multi-monitor support, it's faster overall.[/QUOTE] Built in .iso mounter, built in PDF reader, support for taking your personal settings to any Windows 8 machine, dockable programs (you can have a MetroUI application dock to the side of your screen, and the rest of your screen will adapt to it). There's so many more under the hood features as well. The Start Screen itself brings some nice ones, such as Live Tiles for quickly seeing updates about whatever.
Doesn't W8 come with a built in emulator or something that can run something? I swear I heard it comes with a built in emulator. Fuck ninja'd...
Chances are I would get this for my netbook to trial it when it comes out, no way I would upgrade from Win 7 with all the changes without at least testing it
[QUOTE=redBadger;36595613]Now nobody has an excuse that they cannot upgrade from XP.[/QUOTE] My only reason is dependent on how much it takes to run it. I can barely squeak by playing Source games on this laptop, and if Win8 hogs a bunch of resources I won't be able to period. Then again, I should really invest in a new PC.
[QUOTE=nomad1;36595799]Doesn't W8 come with a built in emulator or something that can run something? I swear I heard it comes with a built in emulator. Fuck ninja'd...[/QUOTE] It comes with [URL="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyper-V"]Hyper-V[/URL] if that's what you're thinking of.
I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I could keep the GUI the same as W7. Still undecided though. Too much change for me.
I like it, a very simple painless way to upgrade. Shame it's for windows 8 but it should be good for it's successor.
If only I didn't have OEM vista on a computer that's reached the end of the line :c
[QUOTE=cccritical;36595873]I'd buy it in a heartbeat if I could keep the GUI the same as W7. Still undecided though. Too much change for me.[/QUOTE] Classic Shell, ViStart, or an in-between Start8 and there you go.
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