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Microsoft Windows 8 - Upgrade [Old Version]

by Microsoft
Windows 8
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (209 customer reviews) 45 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
  • 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 (209 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #735 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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111 of 135 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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars It's Windows 8. May 9, 2013
By Brad B
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Windows 8 has reassured my worries that I am officially old.

The product upgraded my copy of Windows 7 just like it should. My data and programs were all still there when it booted for the first time. Not problem. Then again I have installed a lot of versions of windows on a lot of computers over the years. This is the first copy of 8 that I have installed.

Nothing is where it normally is. Perhaps if I had a touch screen tablet I would like the new start menu, but really it just annoys me.

I haven't seen any improvements in stability or speed on my netbook. It just looks different.

Moving from XP to 7 I said meh. From 7 to 8 Im just annoyed.

Call me old, but my life has not been improved from this upgrade. I just have to learn where my stuff is again.

If I had to do it over I would have just stayed with Windows 7.

The install went smooth and painless. Ill give it two stars for that but wouldn't recommend it to anyone.
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19 of 23 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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars For Your Own Sanity - Don't Do It August 3, 2013
First, let me start by saying I've been a Windows user since Windows first came out. I've also had several macs. I currently have an iPad. I also design software and have over 10 years experience in software customer experience. This is among the worst designed pieces of technology I have ever used. We bought a Windows 8 machine for my wife several months ago (with touch screen), and I avoid it like the plague. My wife initially didn't like my derisive comments because it was her new computer, but she has come to agree that it's awful and just says "yeah" as I curse when forced to use it.

1) The familiar standards that you've come to expect from both personal computers and tablets appear to have been ignored. So I can't rely on behavior I'm accustomed to. I think they tried to change as much as they possibly could have. For example, the "Desktop" isn't really the desktop anymore because the commands you expect to be able to perform aren't there. The Start button just takes you to a list of "apps" - most of which are useless.
2) If that's not bad enough, there is no apparent logic to how it performs. (I know there must be as it's a computer, and by definition must be logical. I just can't figure it out. Rarely what I'm expecting to happen happens because depending on whether you're in the tablet mode, desktop mode, in an app, or in settings, the computer behaves differently.
3) I will move the mouse to hover or click on something, and the screen will shift to a different screen.
4) When you get into some of the apps that come on it, there's no obvious way to close them. You can shift the screen, but the apps are still open. I generally do a "force quit."

I could go on, but my need to vent has been temporarily sedated (until the next time I use Windows 8). There is absolutely no evidence that Microsoft conducted any sort of usability testing on this software. Otherwise, how could you explain why they chose to release it?
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Software came as described and has been well worth the cost.
Published 28 days ago by Ellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Skip this and get 8.1.
I finally upgraded from Vista. Was a royal pain. First install, I chose to keep my old data, and I had issues that kept it from installing the security updates after Windows 8 was... Read more
Published 29 days ago by Jon
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Easly installed on an old computer, without any problems.
Published 1 month ago by David George
1.0 out of 5 stars Crazy
Was defective.
Published 1 month ago by L. LEWIS
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
works great
Published 1 month ago by Joel Camargo
1.0 out of 5 stars DO NOT BUY WINDOWS 8
I don't like it. Its to freaking slow. It took my whole day.
Published 2 months ago by DQ James
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst OS ever designed. Windows 94 was superior to this junk.
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