Microsoft Windows 8 - Upgrade [Old Version]
- 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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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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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