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Microsoft Windows 8 - Upgrade [Old Version]

Platform : Windows 8
3.2 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews

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  • 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
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It's Windows reimagined and reinvented from a solid core of Windows 7 speed and reliability. It's an all-new touch interface. It's a new Windows for new devices. And it's easy to try now-whether you're installing it for the first time, or moving from Windows 8 Consumer Preview.

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: 3.2 out of 5 stars 260 customer reviews
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,027 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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By PHL1111 VINE VOICE on 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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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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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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We have 3 Windows 8 systems. A Dell 8500 Desktop and Asus notebook were purchased with Windows 8 and a Sony Laptop was upgraded to Windows 8 from Windows 7. After about 3 months of work in my spare time, my opinion is that Windows 8 with Outlook, Hotmail, Live Id and Microsoft Account are totally unusable. We were very happy with Windows 7 and MSN email. It has been impossible for me to get our three systems to provide the same usable function that the Windows 7 Systems provided. Because of the password security system, and its unpredictable results when interfacing, I have had to restore the Dell Desktop, and Asus notebook to factory defaults. Even after doing that, I spent about 6 hours trying to get an email system to work on the notebook. We still do not have a workable email system on any of the 3 systems. The contact list is there for only one email address. My wife is so frustrated that she is in tears every time she tries to do the three simple functions that she wants on her Asus. I have tried to reinstall Windows 7 on the Sony but it would not install. Most of the comments on the internet do not recommend installing Windows 7 on a System that came pre-installed with Windows 8.
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