- Platform: Windows 8 / 7 / XP / Vista
- Media: CD-ROM
- Item Quantity: 1
Windows 8 Upgrade Version
- 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
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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|
- 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 connectionA 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
*** 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).Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A nightmare to load without loosing everything then I had to upgrade again to 8.1 as windows 8 was rubbish windows 8.1 not good come back XP.Published 19 months ago by g p hills
Received, loaded and running - I now look forward to 8.1 & 10...Published 20 months ago by Nom de Plume
Installed on Windows XP laptop easily and without too much fuss. The free upgrade to Windows 8.1 a bonus as price difference between Windows 8 Upgrade and 8. Read morePublished 22 months ago by D E Davidge
As windows 8 it sucked, but the free update to 8.1 revives the operating system and makes it usable, maybe even good. Read morePublished 23 months ago by TheSignal
There is something odd here. I had upgraded another PC about a year ago easily with software from another vendor but so far I have spent over 7 hours online with Microsoft trying... Read morePublished 24 months ago by Hugolechat
Not bootable so doesn't repair when needed. Typical Microsoft.Published on 26 Mar. 2015 by Richard Russell
It came on time' and I liked the price, it took a long time to down load the free up grade to 8.1, it working nicely and I'm glad I finally decided to go for itPublished on 22 Mar. 2015 by L. Golding