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Windows 8 upgrade for $39.00

Bill Gorder
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Now I really only use windows at work and when my wife breaks something, but for those that were unaware you can upgrade to Windows 8 from any version for $39.00 with promotion they are running right now.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/07/02/upgrade-to-windows-8-pro-for-39-99.aspx


I am not sure if this is pure desperation to get acceptance or just a better price than we are accustomed to seeing from MS, but I thought I would mention it for our interested Windows users.


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William P O'Sullivan
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Yup, download only.

I believe the DVD version is $69 ??

Now am I glad I kept all those WindowsXP license stickers when trashing old pcs!!

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Paul Clapham
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Maybe I could upgrade my HP netbook (currently running Windows 7 Starter) to Windows 8 Pro?
William P O'Sullivan
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Looks like it ...

http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/07/windows-8-upgrades-to-be-cheaper-than-ever/

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Paul Clapham
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Yeah, but do I dare to do it? Or will my netbook (which is already not the fastest box around) just melt down into a pool of bits?
Bill Gorder
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Well I am not a big fan of Windows so I might be biased but..

My experience is every other version is garbage. You don't have to be a mathematician to see the pattern here:

95 -> get it
98 -> skip it
98 Second edition -> get it
ME -> skip it
XP -> get it
Vista -> skip it
7 -> get it
8 -> ?

But for $39.00 you can try it out and if you don't like it just make sure everything is backed up and you can always revert.
Pat Farrell
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Clearly the market is at work. The free versions of Linux had zero impact, but the $39.00 upgrades to Apple's varions OS versions hit right in the heart of Microsoft's revenue stream.

Its a good price, but I'm going to be watching how well the Enterprise world embraces Metro UI. I can see Metro on tablets, but enterprise desktops? not so much.
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Pat Farrell wrote:... but the $39.00 upgrades to Apple's varions OS versions hit right in the heart of Microsoft's revenue stream.

$29.00


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Save your 39, try:




Mohamed Sanaulla
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Paul Clapham wrote:Maybe I could upgrade my HP netbook (currently running Windows 7 Starter) to Windows 8 Pro?

Same here, Paul let us know your results if you are trying the upgrade. I would go back home and run the compatibility assistant first and then try to upgrade.


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dennis deems
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justin smythhe wrote:Save your 39, try [Linux]

Tried it. Hated it.
Paul Clapham
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Mohamed Sanaulla wrote:
Paul Clapham wrote:Maybe I could upgrade my HP netbook (currently running Windows 7 Starter) to Windows 8 Pro?

Same here, Paul let us know your results if you are trying the upgrade.


Actually I'm not an early adopter so I'm not likely to try that. The machine is slow enough anyway and my experience with Microsoft (and really, software in general) is that newer versions tend to be more bloated than older versions.

My more likely course of action is to put the netbook on the shelf and get a new tablet computer instead.
Pat Farrell
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Paul Clapham wrote:The machine is slow enough anyway and my experience with Microsoft (and really, software in general) is that newer versions tend to be more bloated than older versions.


That is the industry trend for sure, and M$ has been worse at it than most.

But the buzz is that there was a ton of effort into making Win 8 more responsive, less bloatware. The competition is no longer just older versions of Windows, you have to compete with iPads and the quad core Android systems.

it would be great if the move to ever more bloated systems would be halted for a release or two.
Nam Ha Minh
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Bill Gorder wrote:
95 -> get it
98 -> skip it
98 Second edition -> get it
ME -> skip it
XP -> get it
Vista -> skip it
7 -> get it
8 -> ?.


Sounds correct, but you didn't mention Windows 2000.


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Pat Farrell
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Nam Ha Minh wrote:Sounds correct, but you didn't mention Windows 2000.


2000 was not in that tree. 2000 came from NT
dennis deems
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Pat Farrell wrote:
Nam Ha Minh wrote:Sounds correct, but you didn't mention Windows 2000.


2000 was not in that tree. 2000 came from NT

So did XP.
Pat Farrell
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Dennis Deems wrote:
Pat Farrell wrote:2000 was not in that tree. 2000 came from NT

So did XP.


Well, XP really came from 2000, which came from NT.

By transitivity, you are correct.
Martin Vajsar
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I've first heard the "every other Windows version sucks is bad" way back in the nineties. The list consisted of items like:

  • Windows 3.0
  • Windows 3.1
  • Windows 3.11
  • Windows NT 3.1
  • Windows NT 3.5
  • Windows for Workgroups
  • ...


  • I'm no longer able to assign skip it/get it correctly (I started using the NT line at NT 4.0 and only skipped Vista in the years).

    Anyway, it's quite interesting that such a business model is still alive after some two decades.
    Campbell Ritchie
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    When I clicked on it, it cost $40, not $39. Well nearly. Everybody here has fallen for the 99¢.
    Mohamed Sanaulla
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    Campbell Ritchie wrote:When I clicked on it, it cost $40, not $39. Well nearly. Everybody here has fallen for the 99¢.

    I was not able to get to the link which says upgrade or check for compatibility. Can you share the link?
     
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