Microsoft to Offer Windows 8.1 in Full Version Form Starting at $120

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maxeeemum

You can pick up Windows 7 Home Edition OEM at Newegg today for $80 with promo code "EMCXLWL223". If you missed it at least once a month it's on sale.

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Gauntylgrym

So I'm confused. Exactly HOW MUCH is Windows9 going to be? And how much closer to Win7 will it be as compared to Win8?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

Windows 9 is supposed to be subscription-based. I believe they are looking at $10-20 per month.

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Granite

Yes...you are confused. There IS no Windows 9. The upcoming version is Windows 8.1. Win8.1 is a slight improvement over Win8.

That's all.

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

More trash Ballmer can shove.

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Rift2

I had so many bugs with Windows 8.1 beta I doubt they are fixed stick to windows 8 the start button is but ugly and useless..... the only features that are nice are boot to desktop and the all apps screen changes. I had to re-install windows 8 over widows 8.1 because it messed up with CPU meter which is a gadget from the windows 7 era.

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Granite

Gadgets are not supported by Windows anymore...haven't been for a long time. Anyway, you don't even need them. There are apps that have taken their place...and do it better.

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Shalbatana

Yeah, betas have bugs, that's why it's in beta testing, so they can fix them before the release. Apart from Granite's comment (which is valid), I wouldn't consider any bug in a beta a reason to not try the RTP.

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JMK60

Added a Start button without the menu associated with it? WHATS THE Frak'n point? Thats why I (and no way I'm alone on that) want the button back, so I can access the menu. Knock Knock Knock....anybody home????? (me knocking on the Microsoft developers heads.) Guess I'll continue to boot to my Win7 ssd 99% of the time like I have been, and boot to the other ssd with Win8 for a laugh or two 1% of the time. (only reason I got Win 8 to begin with was cause it cost me only $15 for the "upgrade" so I figured I'd play with it.)

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jnite

It is weird. It's like they only heard half of the complaint about the Start button.

"We want the Start button as well as the..."

"Okay here is the Start button. Takes you directly to the Metro page."

"...You didn't let me finish. Start menu."

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legionera

What do you need that start button for?

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RUSENSITIVESWEETNESS

No, the Start button was deliberately done to spite customers who had complained.

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fung0

Great image, jnite. But I think Microsoft's part went more like this: "Hey... I'll bet we can stop 20% of the complaints without actually doing anything at all!"

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firefox91

I just gave up on my only Windows 8 machine last night. I was tolerating it using one of the start menu add ons. But then it started to have some issues and most of the programs wouldn't run. The process started but program never opened. When I tried doing some troubleshooting, I found out I had to go through a 27 step process to do repair functions that I can do with 2 steps on Windows 7. That is when I got fed up and just formatted the damn thing. Even that was a chore because of new partition types and boot sequences on the hardware. But I got it done and it feels like coming home after a long and weary trip. Add Windows 8 to the list of Microsoft O/S's that can be skipped in favor of the next better one.

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fung0

Even going back to Windows XP and Windows 7, these kinds of operations have been too damn difficult. I wish I shared your optimistic view that the next version of Windows will be better, rather than much, much worse.

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hypersonic

$120 is too much.
Try $40 to compensate a sceptical public.

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Granite

LOL!!

You had your chance to get Win8 Pro for $40. If you didn't take advantage of it, that's on you.

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PCLinuxguy

I Concur. Especially sicne Apple releases their discs for $30 and there's really nothing that special about Windows to cause it to need to be more than $50 at most for a disc. It seems they are enjoying their greed.

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davelray

I don't think you understood the article. Go back and read again. If you are already on Windows 8, your getting the "service pack" for free, something Apple charges for, and has charged upwards of $100 for in the past (what I had to pay to upgrade to Panther years ago.) The Windows 8.1 packaging is to replace existing Windows 8 being sold currently. This is no different than when they rebranded Windows XP to show SP2 or SP3 etc.

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PCLinuxguy

I understood the article. you might have missed the person I was replying to's comment about $120 for buying Windows. Not talking about upgrading to a SP1. it was $120 to buy the full retail of Win 7 and $99 for the OEM disc. both of which seem overpriced when you can buy a disc of OSX for $30 at the store. it just shows the greed of Microsoft to charge more than $50 for a copy of windows.

Incase you still missed it" lets say I'm building a computer from scratch and want to buy windows as the OS. I'm going to be shelling out $100+ for a copy for it (and I'm not going to pirate it and get a free version) It seems ridiculous to spend that much on an OS when you're not getting much in return as far as features go. Which is also why I find it ridiculous to charge $100 to bump up to Pro and another $10 for WMC.

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davelray

That's because Apple makes up the difference in the cost of their computers to begin with lol. The joy of Windows, or even Linux for that matter, is you can put as much or as little into your computer as you want. And it's not another ten bucks. If you have Windows 8 core, it's 100 to get the Pro pack which bumps you to Pro AND gives you Media Center. If you are already running Pro, it's only ten bucks to get just media center.

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jonnyohio

Blah blah blah...starting price of $120 is still too much for an OS that isn't a necessary upgrade no matter what excuses you want to provide in order to justify such a ridiculous starting price. There is no real reason to buy windows 8 yet.

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davelray

Reasons to upgrade to or outright buy an OS are up to the individual user. While YOU may not have a reason, and there's nothing wrong with that, another person may. And $120 mark has been the standard upgrade price for more than a decade. I remember when XP came out and XP Home was on sale for the first week or two for $99.99 (Retail was still $120.) And that was just Home edition. If you wanted Pro it was $199 for the upgrade.

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PCLinuxguy

Which was still overpriced for XP. MS has been stuffing it's pockets with that license cost for that timespan and hasn't stopped. That's why I go for the cheaper OEM since I'm not losing anything.

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Mikey109105

Another version of Windows 8 for 120 bucks? I don't care if it's Windows 8.99, I still won't touch it with a five foot pole.

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PCLinuxguy

I still find it ridiculous that you have to have Pro just to get WMC back, and you have to pay to get it. If we have to pay for it then the non Pro users should also be able to get it for the same price since there's nothing special about pro in regards to preinstalled codecs

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Shalbatana

Can't wait for 8.1. All the goodness of 8, and can hide all the uselessness of 8.

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fung0

"Starting October 18th, Windows 8.1 will be a free update from the Windows Store."

Excuse me... "Windows Store"...?? Another great example of the "legacy" desktop being deliberately left behind by Microsoft. What happened to Windows Update?

Also, does anyone know for sure whether you need an MS login to get the update? Because if you do, it would totally invalidate Microsoft's previous promises that Win8 could be used entirely in an offline, local-login mode.

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Nixon

Wait, whoa. What features are locked without the Pro Pack?

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davelray

The Pro Pack upgrades Windows Core to Windows Pro. The primary differences being encryption, domain networking, being bootable from a virtual hard drive, hyper-v support and group policies support. Basically Windows 8.1 will be sold just like Windows 8 is being sold now. The only difference is if you already have a Windows 8 license, you can download and install 8.1 for free.

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Nixon

Oh ok. So it's something that applies just to the basic version of Windows 8.

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davelray

Yup.