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

Platform : Windows 8
3.5 out of 5 stars 1,003 customer reviews

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

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  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 14.5 x 1.9 cm ; 100 g
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  • ASIN: B008GRKGXK
  • Release Date: 26 Oct. 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,003 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 418 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)
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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


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I have lived with Win 8 at home for nearly a year now, during which time we have bought another Win 8 laptop. Now that the 8.1 upgrade has restored something to the bottom left of the screen, in the form of the 'Windows' button, and has made the full list of apps more easily accessible I have quite grown to like Win 8. I suspect that if I didn't have to use Win 7 and XP for work I would have learnt my way around Win 8 a lot quicker. Even on my ancient dual-core Dell Win 8 seems a little quicker than XP and on a new laptop it does all I need in terms of handling images and so on; however I don't do high end gaming so can't speak about its extreme graphics capabilities!
Overall I think Win 8 is far less of a Marmite product than it was and now we are being forced to ditch XP I can't see that Win 7 has any particular advantage over Win 8 for an average user like me.
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This was delivered very quickly and installed no problem upgrading from windows 7 64 ultimate.

Just wanted to see what Microsoft's all new singing and dancing OS was like.

At first I loved it and then came the dreaded Microsoft updates "WoW HOW MANY"!..

After updates had finished updating the updates LoL!...

I could no longer use the brand new Windows 8 Metro interface of which made it practically useless.

after many fixes and many hours on Google to find a cure from umpteen other people having the same problem I had no other choice but to go back to windows 7 " Shame on you Microsoft " I guess ill have to wait a few years for them to fix the bugs like usual.
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not a lot to shout about .. if you are using it on a normal laptop it is very hard to get used to.
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Upgraded from XP 32 bit to Windows 8 64 bit. You need to do a custom installation to achieve this. If you have some computer experience you can continue to use your existing files (but many applications will need to be reinstalled). I think it's best to install Win 8 onto a separate hard disk if you have one.

I like the new Windows. There is no Start button in the Desktop window, but think of the new 'Home' screen as one big start menu. You can find all your applications by typing a few characters into the search box, and they open up either in full-page mode, or inside the Desktop window.

Windows 8 has its own anti-virus and firewall, so no need to get a separate program to slow it down.

Review update - things I forgot to mention 1st time round:

* You are confronted with your 1st tough decision upon installing... should you set up a Microsoft account or a Local account?? Here's my advice:
Set your *1st* account up as a *Local* account, it is the admin account. You won't have access to any apps in the App Store etc. but the admin account does *not* need these features (App Store apps are installed per-user, not for the whole computer). Once ready, you can create your user accounts for all the users you need, and these are suitable as Microsoft accounts - all the new features of Win 8 will work.

* Win 8 had a built-in driver for everything on my computer - it's 6 years old, so not surprising. Old logitech webcam does not work, nor does bluetooth modem.

* I can dual boot with XP after custom-installing on a separate drive - I do not enjoy going back to XP, but it's there if I need it.
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By Silvester HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 7 Dec. 2014
Pro's
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*** 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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