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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade 32/64 Bit (Product Key Card) - w / Free Updates to 8.1 Pro

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  • Once you install Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is available as a free update directly from Microsoft
  • Choose between 32 bit Upgrade or 64 Bit Upgrade
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Technical Details
Item Weight113 g
Product Dimensions2 x 14.7 x 14.6 cm
Item model number3UR-00001
Weight115 Grams
Quantity1
  
Additional Information
ASINB008H3SW4I
Best Sellers Rank 27,638 in Pet Supplies (See top 100)
Shipping Weight113 g
Date First Available2 Jan. 2013
  
 

Product Description

Windows 8 Pro Product Key Card is a physical product key card which contains the product key and link to use to upgrade your current operating system to Windows 8 Pro. This Product Key Card is Medialess, meaning that it does not include a DVD or CD for installation. You will download the program directly from Microsoft and use this product key to install and activate the software.

This is the physical key card which will be shipped to you. After installing Windows 8 Pro, you also have the option of upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro in the Microsoft App store at no additional cost.

This product key card will upgrade your computer from:

Windows XP, Windows Vista, or a Windows 7.

Please note: This item does not contain a disc; it is a product key card that requires a download from Microsoft.com. See steps involved below:

1. Once you have placed your order and received your product key card in the mail, locate your product key on the backside of the included card.

2. When you locate the product key, follow the instructions on the card, and go to:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

to download and install your Upgrade.

3. Choose:

-Install Windows 8 (Not 8.1)

-Click Save File

When the file is finished downloading, double click the Windows 8 icon.

This will begin the installation.

You will be prompted for your product key code to activate your software which is located on the back of the product key card.


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I was not sure about upgrading to windows 8 / 8.1 because of all the complaints, but now I've been using it a while I think it's great, and it is about time we had a new fresh modern interface for Windows. Just note this product is not a CD, but is for downloading Windows 8 from the Microsoft site, and it gives you the proper genuine Microsoft authentication key you need. This is a genuine retail Microsoft product key card, in the original unopened Microsoft retail display package, and It works great. CD's are old hat these days anyway, and if you really need to you can download an ISO file and burn a CD image.
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Cheapest upgrade I've been able to find. Did exactly what I needed and after installing it I was able to upgrade straight after to Windows 8.1 without an issue. Now my laptop is faster to boot up and uses less battery. Perfect
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I was left with no choice but upgrade after Vista stubbornly refused to let me install any new software. I was a little nervous about the process as I am no expert and when faced with a complicated computer problem prefer to throw the offending machine than carefully sitting down and diagnosing the issue.
So I'm delighted to report that this upgrade was pain free, simply followed the link to Microsoft website clicked accept and yes whenever asked and everything worked as it should.
Yes it takes a long time, about two hours for each step (first to download and install 8.0 and second step to upgrade to 8.1) but the computer quietly sits there in the background doing it's thing you are free to do whatever you like.
It's also true all you get with this order is a product key on a piece of card, no CD or box (I suppose that could be an issue if you need to install on a non-active PC but if it's an upgrade no issue?)
Do I like windows 8... no not yet, so far the only good thing I can find is it loads very quickly but I knew that already and I'm looking forward to Windows 10 which from what I read will be a big step forward and a free upgrade from 8.1 so win/win all round.
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I have successfully upgraded my PC from Vista Ultimate to Windows 8.1 Pro, via this upgrade and I love Win 8.1 - it's great being able to download apps as I do on my phone and iPad, and the new interface problems are largely solved with 8.1, especially if you use a tablet and smart phone so have a feeling for how this kind of interface works. Win 8, however, is frustrating so definitely upgrade asap to 8.1 for a much improved experience (hence the 4 not 5 stars).

The upgrade from Vista Ultimate was actually straightforward. From internet articles I was expecting to have to create an iso disc and do a clean install from external media, but in fact 8 Pro upgraded perfectly over Vista Ultimate via the installer, which was lucky as it wouldn't copy the iso to my PC or any attached media. I needed to install a number of updates to Win 8 before the Win 8.1 upgrade would download so I got some laundry done while I waited. There's no doubt that installing Win 8.1 via a Win 8 product key card is more time consuming than getting a Win 8.1 DVD, presumably that explains the price difference. However, if you've got a bit of time and enjoy playing with computers, this is a perfectly acceptable upgrade route.
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Takes a bit of getting used to, the lack of a start button is a bit annoying, but when you get used to accessing your files a different way is brilliant, the windows 8 start screen is really easy to navigate around and start and shutdown times are greatly shortened.
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There is a programme downloadable from the Microsoft website which will examine your computer and advise if it will run Windows 8 and tells you if any programmes you are running will not work. It's worth doing as it gives you advance warning. For instance my on board graphics card was not up to the resolution needed but it would still run under the minimum resolution the card could give. I decided to live with it for the time being. There was one programme which I didn't use much which wouldn't run.
It's best to be forewarned.

The installation takes quite a while to install - Hours!
When you start to install Windows 8.0 a box appears asking you if you want to keep your private files Windows settings etc. or delete everything. I opted for the latter as I had backed up all I wanted to keep before I started. Al programmes you were using on your previous system will be lost and will have to be installed again.
When eventually Windows 8.0 is installed be sure to download and install all of the updates for it before you try to download Windows 8.1.
There were 141 updates to Windows 8.0 which took quite a while to download and install. I still couldn't download 8.1 and no indication was given as to what the problem was. I did another check on updates and sure enough another twenty updates had to be downloaded and installed. I could then upgrade to Windows 8.1.
Regarding Windows 8.1 upgrade,the upgrade is free and is directly downloadable from the Windows "Store" home page.
I upgraded from Windows Vista after many years. I had become familiar with Windows 8 by helping other members of the family and friends to work the new system of screens. However if you are upgrading from Vista it will take a little while to understand how to drive it.
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