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Windows 8 Upgrade Version

by Microsoft Software
Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
Price: £69.39 Eligible for FREE UK Delivery Details
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  • Beautiful, fast, fluid
  • Start up quickly
  • Customise your Start screen with Live Tiles
  • Browse faster with Internet Explorer
  • Stay safer with Windows Defender
  • Get great apps at the Windows Store
  • Plus Mail, Photos, SkyDrive and more built-in
Windows 8 Standard--Important Information
This product comes in five different box designs and the box design you receive may differ from that shown in the main image. If you're running Windows 7, XP or Vista, Windows 8 Standard will upgrade your device.

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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 15.1 x 2.4 cm ; 104 g
  • Delivery Destinations: Visit the Delivery Destinations Help page to see where this item can be delivered.
  • Release Date: 1 Feb. 2013
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 324 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Product Description

This product comes in 5 different box designs. The box design you receive may differ from that shown in the image above.

What’s new with Windows 8?

The Start screen

  • Everything you care about most is on the new Start screen. Tiles on the Start screen are connected to people, apps, folders, photos, or websites, and are alive with the latest info, so you’re up to date at a glance.

Mouse, keyboard—and now touch

  • Windows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both. Whatever kind of PC you have, you’ll discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.

Apps from the Windows Store

  • Windows 8 comes with a new store for apps, the Windows Store. Open the Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free.

Millions of streaming songs

  • Windows 8 also includes the Xbox Music app, which gives you access to a whole world of music.

Your Windows, everywhere

  • Sign in with your Microsoft account to any of your PCs running Windows 8 and you’ll immediately see your own background, display preferences, and settings.

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

System Requirements

  • 1 GHz processor or faster with support for PAE, NX, and SSE2
  • 2 GB RAM / 20 GB available hard disk space
  • 1366 × 768 screen resolution
  • DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
  • To use touch, you need a PC that supports multitouch
Internet access (fees may apply)
  • Microsoft account required for some features
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows Media Center license sold separately
  • See the full system requirements
Downloading Windows 8 over a metered Internet connection
A metered Internet connection is when a service provider charges by the amount of data sent and received by your PC. Windows 8 is a large file: about 1.5 GB for the 32-bit version and about 2 GB for the 64-bit version. Before you start the download on a metered Internet connection, be sure to:
  • Check your current usage, and then figure out if this download might result in additional charges.
  • Allow enough time for the download to finish. Most people with a broadband Internet connection complete the download in an hour or two, but download times will vary based on your connection speed and other factors.
Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Stay Play Hard
Windows 8 Stay Play Hard

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Easy Upgrade 14 Feb. 2014
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I successfully upgraded my Dell XP Professional SP3 to Windows 8.1. The upgrade was delivered next day using standard postage and had a nicely designed pack containing two DVDs for 32 and 64-bit systems and a credit card sized licence key. The installation was very straight forward without any problems.

With my new version running I am ignoring the tile page as it is of little help and removed the unwanted apps, most of them, and added a tile for the desktop and configured the system to start up with the desktop view. I found that all my personal files and the old windows user files still existed so there was no need to copy files from my back up copy – I had previously backed up all my personal files as a precaution.

The PC runs if anything faster that the old XP – applications start fast with no delay, so I’m very happy that the upgrade went so well and was so easy.

Previously I had ran the “Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant” to check what would and wouldn’t work. The report was good and few applications would need attention – that is but one. Despite the report showing that ‘Microsoft Office XP Professional’ had no negative comment the ‘Microsoft Outlook’ email organiser version 2002 does not work with Win 8.1 and I have had to use an alternative. I can’t justify the cost of a new version and sadly I must say goodbye to the program I have used everyday since 2002. So that was a serious disappointment.

Apart from that – all good and recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Roll on Windows 10! 7 Dec. 2014
By Silvester TOP 50 REVIEWER

*** More advanced recovery options ***

Windows 8 has 2 recovery options for when Windows needs to be reinstalled & less intrusive options like a system restore haven't helped (for example when Windows won't load).

Reset - This option to reset allows you to completely set Windows to factory settings removing all data and settings. So this option is very similar to the recovery options found with most Windows 7 machines. The Windows 8 has an extra feature however which allows you to securely clean the machine to prevent any data being recoverable after the recovery has been performed. Be warned however this tool extends the recovery time from about 25 minutes to a few hours.

Refresh - This option allows you to reinstall Windows while keeping your files in tact. This works by rescuing any files stored within your usual user areas (Documents, Picture, Music, Videos, etc). This feature will often allow you to save your files even when you are unable to load into Windows to save them yourself. Although some Windows 7 machines have a feature where you can back up files before a recovery, they generally require some temporary external storage to store the files on and this feature is normally a tool provided within the manufacturers own recovery tool rather than built into Windows.

*** Integration of Microsoft Account ***

Some people will argue that this should actually be in the con's section as it can sometimes be a bit confusing for people who are not overly confident with computers, however it does have its advantages.

A Microsoft Account is basically an online account which can be used as an email address, to store contacts, calendar events, etc).
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars windows 8 21 Mar. 2014
Verified Purchase
The windows upgrade version was ordered on line and the disc was received in the time the suppliers stated.
It was easy to load and the new system is up and running even better than before, hence the reason for the rating given.
I have no hesitation in recommending this product.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as bad as people think 25 Aug. 2013
Windows 8 is not that bad, I have it running on my machine and it runs well, very quick and smooth. I don't see what all the fuss is about the start menu was rubbish anyway get over it. I find the start screen quick and easy even on a PC without a touch screen. Also I found a good book introducing windows 8 Using Windows 8 (Computer Training). Give it a try, made my life easier.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars unless your computer is new don't buy this 5 May 2014
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i had checked if my pc could load windows 8 before purchasing - to replace windows XP - it loaded fine and worked reasonably although obviously not written with desktops in mind (metro apps for instance are only full screen so you can't have two things on screen at once for instance to cut and paste). However a lot of these problems have been said to vanish when you upgrade to windows 8.1 which i went to do immediately - BUT - it then declared my pc unsuitable for this upgrade because they changed the hardware spec between windows 8 and windows 8.1 - totally unacceptable as they have said that support for vanilla *8* will end summer 2015 and then i'll be right back where i started with an unsupported version - windows 7 does not have this problem so i would advise upgrading to that or even better linux should you still have windows XP
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars OUTSTANDING PRODUCT!! 28 Mar. 2014
I have this operating system on all of my devices and i love it. This is the best ioerating system you can get avoid windows 8 Please remember that you can upgrade to windows 8.1 after installing this. 1 install this or buy this because it is cheaper than windows 8.1 where you can get this for 80€ windows 8.1 is 120€ when you can just upgrade to windows 8.1 for free!!!!!!
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