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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack (Win 8 to Win 8 Pro Upgrade)
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- Upgrade your Windows 8 device to Windows 8 Pro with Pro Pack
- Box Included 1 upgrade license code
- Customize your Start screen with Live Tiles
- Stay safer with Windows Defender
- Encrypt your data with Bitlocker
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It is Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability.
Only if you currently have a device running Windows 8 ("Core") operating system can you upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (Professional) using this Windows 8 Pro Pack (upgrade) product. Windows 8 Pro allows you to connect and share your files and also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and access to other more advanced tasks.
The new Windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for items you use the most and can be customized according to your user preferences. Windows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets.
To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you’ve selected on the lock screen. New functions also allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of the mouse.
Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its existing security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.
- 1 GHz processor
- 2 GB RAM
- 20 GB available hard disk space
- 1366 × 768 screen resolution
- DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
Additional Requirements to Use Certain Features
- Internet access (fees may apply)
- For touchscreen, you need a tablet or a monitor that supports multi-touch
- Microsoft account required for some features
- Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
- Windows Media Center license sold separately
- To access the Windows Store and to download and run apps, you need an active Internet connection and a screen resolution of at least 1024 x 768
- To snap apps, you need a screen resolution of at least 1366 x 768
Can I upgrade my PC currently running Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 95, or Windows 2000 to Windows 8 using the Windows 8 Pro Pack product?
No. You’ll need to purchase the Windows 8 Pro (Professional) product. The Windows 8 Pro-Pack product let’s you upgrade only if you have a device already running Windows 8 ("Core") operating system.
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I bought a new notebook to replace my aging Windows 7 notebook, but, unlike me, I overlooked the fact that it came with Windows 8 Standard version. Since my intended use for this notebook was for media processing, it needed to be Windows 8 Pro with Media capability. Thus the purchase of the upgrade. The upgrade was installed, and I have been setting it up for its debut with respect for official retirement of my Windows 7 notebook.
Take note that if you want to purchase a Windows 8 computer, make sure that it is the Pro version, which provides you with more capabilities, and not having to invest additional money in all the upgrades.
But after a year of trying to tolerate Win8 - I gave up. And went back to Win7 which works far better. I have been using Win7 Pro now for 6 months on the same Lenovo laptop I was trying to tolerate Win8 on and love Win7 on it. None of the problems I had with Win8.
To make it worse, I still couldn't run the program.
Second, don't buy this software from anyone unless you FULLY understand it, and Microsoft is very little help in this regard. Their advertising is incomplete.
I bought this so I could burn slideshows with music onto a DVD by means of Windows Media Center. But SURPRISE! that feature was dropped from Windows 8 Media Center, so I am out $90. So I would say beware both Microsoft and Amazon. I feel like a sucker.
I have bought tons of stuff from Amazon over the years and have had only two bad experiences--both by downloading software. It's like dealing with a different company. No customer support or service at all. Quite a shock.
Realistically, not all users *need* what Windows 8 Pro adds into the OS (Operating System) compared to the core or base product, and I understand that. Not including those features in every copy of Windows 8 that is ever installed shaves a little from the cost of the product and in turn that supposed savings can be passed through to customers that are buying new hardware and getting Windows 8 pre-installed on it. On the other hand, the MSRP on this item is not all that consumer friendly. Granted, customers are getting something for that money, but what they get is relatively little return for the investment.
In my case I wanted the media center components that aren't included in the core/base product and the only way to get them is to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. Note that these components were built-in with Windows 7, so losing them in Windows 8, or at least having to pay separately to get them seems to just be an effort to pump up the profit margin for Microsoft.
The more irritating thing, for me, with Windows 8 is that most OEMs only offer Windows 8 core/basic on their hardware. If Windows 8 Pro was an option at time of purchase, it would likely cost less than the upgrade fee charged for this product.
How long until Mr. Ballmer retires at Microsoft? Dare we hope that whomever replaces him is someone that find a way to treat Microsoft's user community like customers rather than like people that will take anything you throw at them and pay for it no matter what?