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Microsoft Windows 8 - Upgrade [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews) 43 answered questions

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Product Features

  • Running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista? Then this is the upgrade to Windows 8
  • Customize your Start screen with Live Tiles
  • Startup quickly
  • Once you install Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is available as a free update directly from Microsoft

System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: Software
  • Item Quantity: 1

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Microsoft Windows 8 - Upgrade [Old Version] + Windows 8 Quick Reference Guide (Cheat Sheet of Instructions, Tips & Shortcuts - Laminated) + Top 100 Tips for Windows 8: Discover the Secrets of Windows 8
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 5.8 x 5.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • Item model number: 3ZR-00001
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: December 10, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #399 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here

Product Description

WINDOWS 8 32/64BIT VERSION UPG DVD Standard Retail - PC - English

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66 of 74 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Reviewing the Upgrade April 25, 2013
Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What's this?)
A lot of people have reviewed Windows 8 the "product" here but few have mentioned the "upgrade" process itself so I'm going to include that too. First off I love Windows 8 and think it was a bold and innovate step for Microsoft to take. I use both Mac OS X and Windows operating systems and honestly feel with the release of Windows 8 Microsoft has surpassed Mac OS X. That being said I just bought a new MacBook (which I consider my main computer) a few days before the release of Windows 8. After I saw and used Windows 8 on a few PCs and laptops in local stores I was blown away and wanted it. However since I had just bought a MacBook and my existing PC (which I use just a couple days a week for work when I work from home) was a few years old I couldn't justify a new PC or Windows Laptop at the time. However once tax season rolled around and my refund was in hand I ended up buying an 11" ASUS laptop with Windows 8 and began using it more than any of my other computers. So when Amazon offered me the Windows 8 upgrade via the Vine program I decided to take the plunge and upgrade my old PC.

I removed the DVD from the package and just before I put it in my computer drive I chanced to read the fine print on the back of the box. I had assumed that my existing programs would still be available on my PC after the upgrade since every upgrade I've ever done before from Windows 95 up to Windows 7 always preserved my programs. But according to the back of the box the Windows 8 Upgrade software did not preserve your programs if you were upgrading from either Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate (which I was), Vista or XP.
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110 of 132 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8: More is less March 27, 2013
I've been struggling with Windows 8 for 25 days, since I bought a new mini-tower on 03/02/2013. I understand there were some significant technical and security upgrades to this edition of the Windows operating system. That's all well and good, but at my level of operation---a daily, 14-16 hours, home user of email, internet and document (Word, Excel, Publisher) functions---it's been a nightmare.

A few specifics:
Windows Mail, which I've been using for 10 years (partly in its earlier Outlook Express format) has been reduced to a kiddie version with loss of multiple functions, like sorting and creating sub-folders, and a dependence on web social nets for the creation of a contact list---no more simply adding a correspondent to your contacts or importing your old list from the earlier versions of Mail.

Programs and functions that were standard with earlier versions have either disappeared or become additional cost options.

Terminology (e.g., icons are sometimes referred to as "charms"), access and navigation all come in rainbow-hued and often dumbed-down formats and tied to a confusing plethora of new pop-up tool bars.

There is a constant push to look to the internet (the "Store" is a prominent new feature) to download additional functions.

Now, on the chance that I'm just dumb about all this, let me add this: over the last twenty or so years I've used Windows 3.0, 95, 98, 2000, XP, and Vista at home or at work---Windows 8 seems about as different as apples are to asparagus. So, if it's just me, after two decades and six Windows editions, I have to wonder why I can't figure it out any more.

Here's what I think, technical improvements aside: Windows has always been about user interface.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 unmitigated disaster May 3, 2013
I have lost at least 20 hours struggling with Windows 8. It is difficult, almost impossible, to use if you have a mature Windows 7 system. The absolute worst feature of Windows 8 is its backup and recovery. If you set up a desktop in Windows 8 and have to use their recovery, YOU WILL LOSE ALL OF YOUR DESKTOP SOFTWARE. Your system will reboot to an empty desktop.
If you don't believe this, look at Microsoft's own disclaimer on their website regarding recovery. I tried to use the reliable Windows 7 backup and recovery which is available under Control Panel on Windows 8. You must use Command Mode to alter the system partition on your hard drive, but you can create a system image backup; just don't expect to use it. Attempts to use the Windows 7 recovery function in Windows 8 results in an error message stating that Window cannot locate your system image backup. If you try using Windows 8 recovery to get to your image backup, you lose all of your desktop software.
If you still are skeptical, go to Symantic's website and view their announcement that Norton Ghost will not be available nor supported under Windows 8, Ghost users that upgraded to Windows 8 lose the system restore function of Ghost.
Microsoft will likely be forced to announce a major revision to Windows 8 and you should wait until this happens.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars amazingly bad April 1, 2013
By Quazi
While better than vista (which just did not work well), the UI of Win8 makes it entirely unacceptable for a laptop or desktop. I would NEVER buy a desktop or laptop with this OS on it. No start button, no off or sleep option without going into the bowels of setup. Who designed this?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Upgrade well worth the price!!!
Great Upgrade that fits my needs completely by upgrading to Windows 8 and getting the further update at no additional cost to Windows 8.1 that clearly runs faster than Windows 7!
Published 1 day ago by Don W Stout
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Worked well, just as stated.
Published 5 days ago by Joe
4.0 out of 5 stars So far, so good
I used W8 on an HP Pavillion laptop that originally came with Vista and was upgraded to W7. My machine had been painfully slow. Started using W8 on a work laptop and liked it. Read more
Published 14 days ago by Angry Paulie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
easy use upgrade and then got to install 8.1 at no add cost
Published 20 days ago by Lindsay Goolcharan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I loved Windows XP Pro until the very end. Still adjusting to the software Upgrade.
Published 1 month ago by Tapstar
1.0 out of 5 stars IT'S JUST HORRIBLE
i recommend not to get this okay it just doesn't work i was gonna get the newer version of window 8. Read more
Published 1 month ago by jimmy
5.0 out of 5 stars Great if you don't mind installing a lot of upgrades
Just what I wanted. Other may not want to spend the time to install a bunch of upgrades. I did not want 8.1 on this machine.
Published 2 months ago by Duha
3.0 out of 5 stars windows upgrade
Had to pay a third party to set it up correctly was confusing to download and install my programs
Published 3 months ago by William M. Mclean
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 3 months ago by nang t.
5.0 out of 5 stars Install and update to WIndows 8.1 fine but remember to disable...
Received quickly the Windows 8 Pro version. I forgot to disable my F-Secure antivirus the first time around. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Khanh L.
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