Heads Up: Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Promotion Ends Today

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jonnyohio

Oh man, I better go buy my copy right now! Oh wait, I don't need it.

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mortalrage

Bought a copy, not intending to installed it. I got boarded and did anyways. Installed Win8 on a USB stick easily, so I could wipe drive and start with fresh install. I have to admit, its actually a nice OS. Pinned all my games in my start menu, and everything else. Clean desktop with a hot women on it, without all the shortcuts on desktop. Hit windows button, a BLAM tons of games to choose from. I also noticed, my start time and other things seemed to open faster. So far I'm satisfied, and I hope the other people that did what I did are satisfied as well. Happy Gaming!!!

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CaptainFabulous

Well I bought a copy but have no intention of installing it for a long time.

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zepolnavi

dont buy win 8, is much more better win 7, is just far superior,fonto i share my same point of view...

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Panwo1

As I wrote in another post above, I bought 3 copies of the Win8 Pro Upgrade. The price was awesome, just 39.99, plus free Media Center license keys via email.

Recently I had installed 32GB of memory on one of my Win 7 Home Premium towers. It was then that I realized that Win 7 Home Premiuim only allows 16GB to be used. Win 8 and Win8 Pro have much higher memory caps (128GB and 512GB). This was my first benefit to upgrading

The upgrade licenses allowed me to switch from Home Premium 7 to Pro 8. For $40 a piece I couldn't go wrong. Now I can set up automatic backups to networked drives from every machine (not allowed on win 7 HP). I can now open up a Remote Desktop connection on any machine and access any of the others. This is handy when my girlfriend is having trouble on her laptop upstairs. I can now set up a domain for my home mnetwork and get the level of control of shared files that I always wanted. Throuw in BitLocker and I am very happy that I was able to get all of this at this price.

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Philippe Lemay

Isn't the 40$ one the digital download version only? How are you going to use those 3 copies? Can the 40$ one be put on a USB stick or something?

I got myself the DVD so I could use it sometime in the future, I wasn't sure if the downloaded ones had to be used right away or not.

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Panwo1

Hi Phil,

Since I wanted to do clean installs I burned the ISO image of the Win 8 Pro upgrade download to a couple of DVDs. Then I wrote the License key on the jewel box insert so that I would have them both for any installs/re-installs.

My third copy of the upgrade software was a boxed copy of the DVD that I bought sometime between thanksgiving and Xmas. It was 69.99 with a $30 rebate.

I installed using both methods and they worked identically. I Used the boxed version for my girlfriend's laptop because she likes pretty things like the retail boxed. I used the home made copies for my machines because I don't care. Realistically I could have performed all three with any one of the DVDs because it is the license key that matters. I only did it to test out my homemade disks.

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CantankerousDave

What's obnoxious is that this $40 upgrade CAN'T be used on the Windows 8 that comes on new laptops, something I found out to my annoyance this weekend. I use Windows Media Center a lot, so I wanted to add that functionality to the new laptop so I could stream TV recordings from my Win7 HTPC. Nope. Their "It's only a $10 add-on" fails to mention that you can only add it to Windows 8 Pro. And the only way to get there from plain Win8 is via their $70 Pro Pack. But hey, that includes WMC, so I'm really only paying $60, right? I should be grateful, right?

So basically, they've got a Windows 8 Starter, Windows 8 Home Premium, and Windows 8 Pro - they just hide the fact.

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Panwo1

Dave,

Did you try doing a clean install with it instead of trying to upgrade the version that came with your laptop? I did three clean installs with the upgrade license and I had no problems. As I mentioned I did have to call the phone number and walk through the automated system but everything authenticated/validated fine.

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LeftFive

Is there an easy way to install the upgrade, aside from on top of an existing Windows install?
I bought the early-bird Win7 Upgrade and have regretted it every time I've had to install XP and update it to SP3 before installing 7 on top.
Not worth the money saved.

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Panwo1

I bought 3 upgrades to Win 8 pro for $39.99. I installed each of them the same way
1. Clean Install
2. Dual Boot with Win 7

It is an easy install compared to Win XP and Win 7 upgrades. I did have to call the phone number to get a code to put into the screen when I tried to authenticate it online but that might have been my fault. I bought 3 upgrade keys and I may have used 1 of them twice. Either way it was much easier than installing Win 7 first or doing anything like I had to do when I clean installed my Win 7 upgrade copy.

I do recommend that you let the Win 8 hardware checker run on your existing OS to make sure that it will go smoothly. I skipped that step as well and later realized that one of the machines that I ended up putting the Win8 on needed a BIOS update. After I did that the OS ran great. Starts up much faster than 7

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Engelsstaub

Any haters have a spare key? I'll take it.

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Bullwinkle J Moose

Sorry Dude

I'd love to help but none of the hacked versions of Windows I use need a key

I do have one legit copy of XP that needs a key but I don't dare use that spyware

Disclaimer:
Everyone knows I'm kidding right?

I'm such a kidder

LOL

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Zanshi

No. It's a waste of money. Buy it yourself, fanboi.

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Engelsstaub

How long have you been here? You do realize I'm like the only Mac-user that posts, right?

Yeah, big Windows fanboi right here everybody...

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davelray

I use Macs from time to time. Have to test them after I repair them ;)

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Engelsstaub

Should have been followed by some snark about how frequently you have to reapair them and/or the idiocy of the users thereof :)

I meant I use a Mac primarily...but I get what you mean. (I always get people saying "if you like OS X then why are you reading MPC? GTFO!" I read it because I still care about PC-related stuff and like seeing the builds. I always have a PC around for shit...I just don't need one for serious stuff and I don't play games nearly as much as I used to. There's some people who can't fathom the idea of a person liking both platforms.)

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davelray

No more than any other brand, contrary to popular belief. Only real difference is if you get a scratch on the side of someone's Macbook, all bloody hell breaks loose LOL. Personally I have two custom built pc's, one HP Elitebook (company issue) that's about to be swapped out with a Lenovo, a PowerMac G3 collecting dust in the closet, and a Mac Mini that serves dual duty for me to occasionally play with when I need to study for an upgrade Apple cert exam or to play iTunes movies on my TV. It just fits so nicely tucked away. Despite what the rest may want to say, a Mac is a PC :)

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Engelsstaub

Even Gordon said on a podcast a while back that the Mac Mini was a respectable little machine. ...and we know how much he loathes all-things-Apple :D I think it's one of the few better-priced Macs on the market. They probably save a hell of a lot of money annually on electricity too. I don't have a Mini but I do like the little buggers.

Yeah, people can be babies about how their shiny MacBooks look. I have a cover on my MBP. ...resale value, to people who pretend their computers are like jewelry, is important to me. If I buy a new one every four years or so, I only have to pay about half of the cost of new :)

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davelray

Well, with limited budget, no need for a all in one like the iMac, and seriously no need for multicore XEON processors in what would be some serious overkill for my needs, I went with the little Mac Mini. I don't use it for actual work, but when I need something to dive into the next OSX exam, she does what I need. Also saves me a hundred bucks on getting an Apple TV box lol.

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don2041

HO HUM Can I go back to sleep now

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fonto

Meh. I'll just wait for Windows 9 to come out in a few months.

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