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- Running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista? Upgrade to Windows 8 with Windows 8 Pro
- Once you install Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is available as a free update directly from Microsoft
- Customize your Start screen with Live Tiles
- Stay safer with Windows Defender
- Encrypt your data with Bitlocker
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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)
If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista then you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro (Professional). With Windows 8 Pro, you can connect and share your files. Windows 8 Pro also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and 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.
You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview, but you might not be able to keep all of your files, software programs, and settings. The following table shows what you can keep during an upgrade, depending on the current version of Windows you are running. If you choose to boot from removable media, you won’t be able to keep your software programs, Windows settings, or personal files when you upgrade.
|Upgrading from:||What you can keep:|
|Windows 8 Preview||Personal files|
|Windows 8 Developer Preview||Nothing, but your old files will be saved in the "windows.old" folder|
|Windows 7||Software programs; Windows settings; personal files|
|Windows Vista||Windows settings; personal files|
|Windows XP||Personal files|
- 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 from a Windows operating system older than Windows XP?
If you want to upgrade from an earlier Windows operating system than Windows XP (for example, Windows 95 or Windows 2000), you'll need to purchase the Windows 8 System Builder. You won’t be able to keep any files, settings, or software programs when you install the new operating system.
Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 8?
If your PC has a 64 bit-capable processor (CPU) but is currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 8. You also won't be able to keep any files, settings, or software programs when you upgrade from a 32-bit to a 64-bit version.
If I upgrade and select "keep nothing," how can I restore my files after the upgrade?
If you're running Windows Developer Preview or Windows 8 Consumer Preview when you upgrade, or if you choose the option to "keep nothing" when you upgrade, your files won't come with you to Windows 8. However, you might still be able to copy your files over after you upgrade. If you don't reformat your hard drive during installation, your files are saved to the Windows.old folder, where you can retrieve them after the upgrade.
If I change my mind, can I uninstall Windows 8 and go back to a previous version of Windows?
Not exactly - To go back to your previous version of Windows, you'll need to format your hard drive and then reinstall the previous version of Windows from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC. Typically, this is on a DVD. If you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more info. After you install Windows 8, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.
How can I tell if my devices (keyboards, mice, webcams) will work with Windows 8?
Windows 8 generally works with the same peripheral devices and apps that work with Windows 7. In some cases, a device or program might require an update. The best way to tell if your devices will work before you upgrade is to run Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, a free program that scans your current hardware, software programs, and devices for compatibility.
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If you thought Vista was bad, you'll find Windows 8 is much, much worse. It's clear to me that MS did little to no desktop user experience testing before sending this piece of software "krappola" out the door to make bundles of licensing cash. It also looks particularly sleazy of them to do this when you realize that modern, well designed OS interfaces like Linux Mint and the new Mac OSX "Mavericks" are totally free. Microsoft tries to rob you of over $100 for this ugly OS "upgrade" version and up to $200 if you want to go for the "full" install of the "Pro" version.
And if the horrid Metro UI isn't enough to scare you away, please realize the if you buy the "upgrade" Win8 OS package because you already have XP/Vista/Win7 on your system but then decided (smartly) to do a clean install of Win8 (because the install DVD gives you this option), you'll soon find out that the activation key provided by Microsoft in the "upgrade" DVD package DOES NOT WORK! Microsoft wants you to buy the "full" install DVD -- not the "upgrade" install DVD -- if you take the path of doing a clean install over your existing Windows system. Unacceptable!
Why the executives at Microsoft haven't all been fired for this OS disaster is beyond me. It's really is that bad. In summary, if you like the idea of being forced at almost every turn to use a ham-fisted, clumsy "XBox" style visual interface to control your PC, then you'll love Windows 8. Most desktop users will feel otherwise. Save your money and wait for Microsoft to fix this incredible mess with Windows 9. The fact the used copies of Windows 7 with valid product keys are now going for very high prices on EBay and at other retail sites should tell you something.
I'll admit that in the metro screen you may need a bit more finesse with the mouse when moving about parts of the screen particularity the corners. The only other issue is that you will need to speed a little time with it to get comfortable with it. This i feel is what is bothering people. The windows interface hasn't changed drastically since win 95. Win 8 is the biggest departure from the old mold ever. If you used it for a half hour and decided you hate it then you didn't really give it a chance.
So should you upgrade? Well Win 8 isn't the major leap forward that Win 7 was. It moves forward yes but not with the same profound impact Win 7 had or XP for that matter. If you have 7 and your happy with it, stick with it. If your running something older and never jumped on the Win 7 bandwagon then 8 is a good upgrade. Please note however that if you have anything other the 7 you will lose everything on your drive. So back up or simply be ready for a clean install.
If you want to try it but aren't ready to give up your current OS then add another drive to your pc, install win 8 on it (install 7 first if you have the upgrade version then upgrade to 8) and you have both on a dual boot system. you just select the OS you want to load when you turn you pc on. This is what I do. I have 7 and 8.1 currently on the same rig.
Just a side note i got the pro upgrade version because i found a great deal on it. I honestly don't need whatever features the pro has over the regular so get the standard version unless you really want the extra features the pro version has,.