Rumor: Microsoft Killing Windows 8 Full Retail Editions

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UrbanSmooth

Nope. There's really no need to upgrade until the next DirectX (DX12) becomes available. At least, for this gamer.

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Scatter

If we can upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 8 then why couldn't we upgrade from Windows XP to Windows 7?

Greedy bastards.

Other than that I don't see why everyone else here is so outraged. You can still purchase an OEM copy of the full install online.

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CaptainFabulous

And then do what when you want to move that OEM copy to another machine? Just run out and buy it again? No thanks.

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winmaster

Uh, you could.

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Strhopper

Retail versions where just overpriced. I my self always bought OEM versions @ the EGG.

Are there still a lot of people that actually buy the retail versions?
If you're a builder you would buy OEM(cheaper), if you're a regular joe you buy an upgrader(cheaper).

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CaptainFabulous

Because the extra $20 for the retail box is worth not having to fight with Microsoft whenever I do a major upgrade or build a new machine.

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Strhopper

it's usually much more then $20

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Mikey109105

Not surprised at all. Another added to the list of reasons I have for not getting Windows 8. Definitely sticking with 7 for the long haul. Unless...of course...Windows 9 is an improved version of Windows 7. They say Windows 8 is an improved version of 7, but that's all just a load of BS. its an entirely new OS that sucks. Thanks for Windows 8, M$, but its 7 for me.

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dlwilliams12

If there is a way I can still do a clean install, such as entering the product key from my previous version, I will be ok with it. But if I have to have windows installed already... That will be disappointing. For my personal PC I generally always do a clean install with a new OS version.

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kibbled

Yes you can do a clean install you just have to make sure you burn the OS to a DVD or a USB stick.

"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"

This is from the blog post announcement of the $39.99 Win 8 upgrade.

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dlwilliams12

Well the thing is I use ssd's. Before I would do a clean install, I would write 0's to the ssd to preserve performance. I think they will come up with some solution. I mean what if people want to run virtual machines? They have to have a system builder disk? Upgrading a virtual machine is not always a pleasant experience. This day and age they cannot ignore these things. If all else fails, i'm sure my technet account will come through with a full version.

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comoncents

I agree that it is always better to do a clean install. The answer to your question is probably "no" if the upgrade process works as in the past.

For product keys to work, they must match the proper type of install disk and depending on whether they are retail or OEM, activate properly with Microsoft. The activation process is different with retail vs. OEM. You don't say whether or not your product key came from an install disk or off the OEM product key affixed to your hardware.

If the key came with a genuine XP or 7 disk, the disk is the important thing, not the key. Have it at the ready and I am betting you will be able to upgrade to Windows 8 cleanly. If you are referring to a mere OEM sticker key slapped on by an OEM during manufacture with no accompanying disk... almost assuredly NO! It won't work. However, the blogs say that you might be able to go to the MS website and trade your old key and $39.95 for a new one that activates Windows 8. I don't know if that would work for an OEM key though.

The most interesting question will be whether or not the Windows 8 retail upgrade disk will "upgrade or install to itself" ala Windows XP and 7. At 100 bucks, they would... at $39.95, I'm not so sure this one will. However, I believe that demand for Windows 8 will be so dismal that the mere presence of a Microsoft sticker on anything in the room will allow an upgrade. So you may get lucky...

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dlwilliams12

I've seen no difference between retail and OEM. I've even used retail disks to do clean installs with OEM keys and had no issues. It activates as it should.

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Sir Hobbes3

Microsoft, if you do this, I'm gonna be sticking with Windows 7 for a while longer.

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T3RR0RH4WK

I don't think I'll miss retail editions, to be honest. With the Windows USB Tool that Microsoft has available now, I'd much rather just pay a price for whatever OS, download it, and make a bootable USB thumb drive to load Windows onto whatever PC I'm installing it to. It goes a LOT quicker that way, too.

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Mortal_M

Why Microsoft, why?
You where supposed to bring balance to the force, not destroy it!

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