HP Reveals (and Pulls) Windows 8 SKUs from Website

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Engelsstaub

I was lied to. I was given to understand that there would be a "Windows 8 No Registry or Need to Reinstall Every Year Because of Bloat and Slowing Performance Edition."

I kid (maybe.)

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Cregan89

Windows 8 on ARM?

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Wareagle

Why are they still making 32-bit versions of Windows?

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Cregan89

Probably because of the hundreds of millions of x86 based devices still in existence.

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Danthrax66

There aren't many that means the device would have to be older than a core 2 which is pretty old right now. They need to drop 32 bit a computer that old shouldn't have Windows 8 on it.

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Cregan89

Why the hell not? A properly configured Pentium 4 is way more then enough power for 90% of the population to do everything they want on their computer.

Not to mention, 64-bit computers were just starting to become common when Windows Vista was released, so Vista was fully intended to run on (what's now considered old) x86 PC's. Then Windows 7 came out with better performance than Vista, so it made those x86 PC's perform even better. And now Windows 8 has even better performance than Windows 7, making these 5+ year old x86 PC's up to date with the latest software technologies yet again. Why would Microsoft lock out a huge chunk of possible Windows 8 Upgrade customers? Why would they force their customers to buy brand new PC's when the PC's they already own are more then adequate for their needs? And more then adequate to run the latest software?

You guys all seem to forget that probably less then 1% of PC owners play hardware-taxing 3D games. 99% of PC owners spend 99% of their time reading and sending emails, working on office documents, reading PDFs, looking at photos, listening to music, streaming videos, checking Facebook, and general internet browsing... All things that you can do on an 800MHz ARM processor with 256MB of RAM. They don't need 64-bit CPU's. They need better, more intelligent, simpler, friendlier, and easier to use software to get the most out of the hardware they have and do the things they want their PC's to do for them.

And why all of this hate towards x86 anyway? What difference does it make to you guys?

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jediken21

They probably aren't making a "starter" edition because Windows 8 for ARM now fills that hole.

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Zoandar

Keeping anything simple is completely the opposite of anything Micro$oft does. It's like oil and water. My bet goes with the theory that not all versions were posted. Take a look at the soon to release Micro$oft Flight. They are making the basic game totally free to download. It is clear their intention will be to make their profit on additional downloadable content for a price, not unlike the days of the TRS-80, where you got the basic 4K version for $200, and then everything offered beyond that was a retail priced upgrade. I had over $2000 invested in mine before I retired it. So why would Micro$oft ever abandon their "pay as you upgrade" multi-level cash cow?

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andrewc513

I'm glad we're back to 2 (4 if you count each architecture) primary SKU's. It hasn't been that simple in a while. Even XP had Home, MCE, Tablet, and Pro.

Outside of a volume-licensed corporate environment, you'll never see Enterprise. Just like typical users never saw 7 Enterprise. (Enterprise is basically Ultimate branded for VLK if I remember correctly)

So we have Windows 8, and Windows 8 Pro if you need domain-join, etc. Keeping it simple is the way to go.

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GenMasterB

I swore M$ said Windows 7 would be the final 32bit version and from Win8 and up would be 64 bit only. Guess they backed out on that?..

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someuid

Microsoft couldn't kill the command line, despite Bill's constant proclomations that it was dead.

I can't see them killing 32-bit. There is simply way to much 32-bit software in the corporate environment that the suits don't want to replace and the CIO doesn't want to even try testing each one on a 64-bit OS.

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drummingasm

X86 probably won't be killed for another 2 OSs after win8. I predict the OS after win 9, also known as Windows XD.

Microsoft just wants ppl to worry about it and ditch x86

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andrewc513

x86 will be harder to kill than XP was.

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Hey.That_Dude

I think we all knew this was coming when the rumors started flying about no Win7 Ultimate.
I swear I read something about them changing the versons on this web site.

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