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Windows 8 Pro, Upgrade Edition [Upgrade from Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7] (PC)

by Microsoft Software
Windows 8
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (850 customer reviews)
Price: 89.99 & FREE Delivery in the UK. Details
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  • Windows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter, and e-mail accounts
  • Enhanced features mean you can access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and more
  • SmartScreen helps block suspicious programs or apps
  • Upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Vista, XP, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows Developer Preview
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 8
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 14.5 x 1.9 cm ; 100 g
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  • Release Date: 26 Oct 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (850 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30 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. The image to the right shows the different designs available.

If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, Windows XP with SP3 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 personalised home for items you use the most and can be customised 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

System Requirements

  • 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
  • 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
Windows 8 Start Screen
Windows 8 Stay Connected
Windows 8 Stay Play Hard

Product Description

Upgrade 1 License DVD

Customer Reviews

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379 of 399 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. 22 Nov 2012
By Master1
Windows 8

I would advise that someone who wants to upgrade their machine to Windows 8 to first download Microsoft's upgrade advisor. This will check applications and hardware for compatibility with Windows 8.
Microsoft also has its own pages called Microsoft Compatibility Centre which lists a vast range of software and hardware which will (or won't) work with Windows 8. Both 32-bit and 64-bit, Windows 8 RT and Windows 7 are also included.
Having worked in I.T. for many years (going back to the days of Windows 3.1), and have already installed the pre-releases of Windows 8, I knew what to expect from the upgrade and its new look.
My PC is nearly 4 years old with a 320 Gig Hard Drive, 4 Gigs of RAM, 1 Gig Nvidia Graphics card and a USB Wireless adapter.
I created a new spare partition from the free space on my Hard drive and copied over all the documents and data that I wanted to keep. I already had another copy of documents and data on DVD.
I powered up my machine and set it to boot from the Windows 8 DVD. I selected clean install, resized and formatted my first and second partitions. The installation was fairly quick and I had Windows 8 installed on my machine in under 1 hour.
Windows 8 had installed most drivers apart from my printer, Wireless Adapter and Graphics Card. I downloaded the latest drivers for my USB Wireless adapter and had some trials at getting it to work. Looking on the Internet I found that other people had the same issue and the solution was to install the driver in Windows 7 compatibility mode. Doing this I got access to the internet.
I ran the Windows update in the Control Panel and this downloaded a further 750 Megs of updates.
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296 of 317 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Runs well but seems to have become IWindows 26 Oct 2012
Windows 8 runs well but is very different and the new tablet focused interface is somewhat jarring on a desktop PC. That this has been designed for platform devices to compete with the dominance of Apple is very apparent in its whole design.

When you boot, the first thing you see is the new Start Screen. This has replaced the old start menu and pulls apps and services together into this one screen presented as "live tiles" integrating deeply with Windows Live and it's services.

The look and feel is now very clearly optimised for tablets and it's going to be a shock to the system for a lot of people and you have to question whether it's of any real use to Windows 7 users who have all they need.

Programs are all now available via the "apps" search from the start screen, you need to search for them and can then pin them to there or your task bar. Once you start to get used to where things are it does fall into place. A tip for easier navigation is to press the windows key and just start typing the name of what you want to do.

If you prefer to work with the desktop in the traditional way then you'll want to hit the "desktop" option from the start screen.

I've tested a range of my programs and most worked fine for me. The only thing I've had to change was to switch to using Windows Defender for anti virus as my old one didn't work anymore.

Windows 8's main strength is in performance. It runs well and is slightly snappier than Windows 7 was. Having said that, you will get a much more significant speed boost if you install a Solid State drive, that brings huge gains rather than small boosts though I have experienced some reliability concerns of late with mine.

So windows 8... runs well but is very different and I couldn't recommend it for those happy with their current set-up.
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401 of 433 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome internals under questionable interface 26 Oct 2012
The new UI that greets you when you first log on to Windows 8 definitely takes you by surprise - and takes time getting used to. It definitely makes sense on a touch-enabled device, but very little on a traditional desktop/laptop. There are nice sides to it (weather app, easy searching a few others) - but I still find Microsoft's decision to "impose" it on non-touch users rather pre-mature.

HOWEVER - the moment you switch to the traditional desktop mode, this version shines. It loads/shuts down faster, it clogs your PC memory less, there are many small tweaks here and there. It's the "leanest" version out there - absolutely no bloatware (and the few "New UI" apps can be easily uninstalled - compare that to Vista!).

Very easy installation and initial setup.

So, to sum up - if you are using conventional desktops/laptops, most likely you won't use the New UI much - but in no way will it make your traditional desktop experience less efficient and productive. Treat it as just a new form of the now gone Start button, and it's a better form of it. Yes, you have to change the way you do a few things - but without that we'd be still stuck in the DOS era.

If you are using anything older than a Windows 7, go for it - it's a no brainer at this price. If you are using Windows 7 - you might stick to it... However, it is obvious that touch interface is the way forward - there is no coming back to the old ways. So why not embrace the new Windows and master it earlier, rather than later?..

PS Go for the upgrade version available through Microsoft website - it costs only 24.99, is only a 2GB download, and you can still use it for a "clean" install if you wish.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The hope for my dependable laptop
Not yet installed but trust will work satisfactorily. I am hoping it brings fulfillment as Windows XP has for many years
Published 2 days ago by George Collison
3.0 out of 5 stars Forced to migrate form XP Pro
Ran XP Pro for years, then got a message telling me that my copy (for which i still have the sales receipt) might be counterfeit, reinstalled the original key, had a disappointing... Read more
Published 4 days ago by Perry Hope
5.0 out of 5 stars Unvoluntary upgrade
I hated being forced by Microsoft to upgrade my XP, especially as they stopped security essentials days before 'D-Day'. But I am impressed with '8'. Read more
Published 6 days ago by s b day
1.0 out of 5 stars Hate it, Hate it ,hate it
Stick with windows 7, this win 8 pro version is a pain to use, goes between two main screens with apps on one and the normal screen, what a waste of time. Read more
Published 10 days ago by ProGym
1.0 out of 5 stars Windows
I have never liked windows at all and windows 8 is just as bad as the rest of windows, I have now move to iMac at least you don't get any of the problems that I used to get with... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Andrew Alexander
2.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8
In my opinion the worst Windows program that has been bought out so far thoroughly recommend not bothering with Windows 8 unless you have a touchscreen display but On an ordinary... Read more
Published 10 days ago by Les Townsend
5.0 out of 5 stars Upgraded from XP
Loaded it on to my desktop pc & it was very easy. It is just what I wanted although I have now upgraded to 8.1.
Published 12 days ago by Miss H D Farrar
1.0 out of 5 stars Too expensive
way to expensive when you can spend an extra 50 and you get a computer too.Bye bye windows (microsoft) one day you will learn
Published 13 days ago by Sleeper
4.0 out of 5 stars Windows 8 Pro Upgrade
First time using W8, I actually liked XP, any way everything worked ok first time, sadly laptop died five weeks after buying the upgrade so had to buy a full version for the new... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Mr Stuart M Frankland
5.0 out of 5 stars The best version of WIndows to date - by a mile.
For anybody who is using any previous version of Windows and considering upgrading to Windows 8.1, i hope you find this useful. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Western Infidel
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