This product is an upgrade (packaged DVD) to Windows 8 Pro for your PC running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP SP3. (Check system requirements to ensure your PC can be upgraded to Windows 8).
If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC.
Ready for business. Everything in Windows 8 plus enhanced features that help you easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt your data, and more.
Make it yours. The windows 8 start screen is your personalized home for the things you care about and want to keep an eye on. Organize it, customize it, and make it yours. Windows 8 Live tiles on your Start screen provide real-time updates form your Facebook, Twitter, and email accounts.
Work hard, play hard. Windows tablets run Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, so you can mix in a little work with episodes of your favorite shows. Now everything is in one place and easier to share. Integrate your online favorites – Facebook, Flickr, Hotmail, etc. – with content from your PC, such as photos and contacts.
Not your average apps. With thousands of apps to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Once you buy any app from the Windows Store, it’s yours to use on up to five Windows 8 PCs or tablets. The Windows Store has thousands of apps to choose from, so there’s something for everyone.
What about compatibility? Windows 8 is designed to work with most mice, keyboards, printers, cameras, and existing software. See if Windows 8 is compatible with your software and hardware at http://windows.com/compatibility.
Standard shipping is via UPS Mail Innovations. The estimated delivery time will be approximately 5 - 7 business days from the time of order.
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Pros: great for touchscreen devices, fast fluid stable, beautiful interface
Cons: learning curve, only windows 8 pro includes dvd playback, missing "start button" from the old windows deskto
"I think this next version of the Windows OS is a good step in the right direction. Be careful when you see some of the negative reviews, as many of the people that are giving them have not spent the time or energy to learn Windows 8. Windows 8 can be as simple or as complex as you'd like it to be. Windows 8 includes everything that Windows 7 included, and you can easily switch to "desktop" mode if you choose to operate the computer just like your typical Windows 7 computer. On top of that, they have layered the Windows 8 Live Tiles "Start Screen", which is really the beautiful and highly functional side of Windows 8... The interface is very much like Windows Phone 8 OS. This is what makes it different and the next step for Windows. That said, there are things that both frustrate new users or prove challenging. MS has removed the "start button" on the desktop side. This was done to force everyone to learn the new "start screen" and it does work, it forces you to adapt. However, the "start button" is super useful for everyone that has used it since it's introduction. Re-learning how to use Windows without it takes a long time. I still find myself going back to click it sometimes, and it's not there. Secondly, because Windows 8 is essentially two operating systems (Windows 7 desktop + Windows 8) it can feel that way if you are bouncing between Interent Explorer on the desktop but then using IE on the Windows 8 side. This will go away eventually as MS fully merges everything and as more apps and programs get built for Windows 8, but it can feel awkward... Personally, I find myself using the desktop mode less and less. It is still critically important if you are trying to do more complex tasks, but if you are a casual computer user, you will live in Windows 8 and love every bit of it. All said, Windows 8 has a learning curve, has some areas that will be a focus area, but overall is a really nice step in the right direction. (One other note, if you are going to get Windows 8, try out a touchscreen first to see how it improves the experience. Windows 8 is amazing on a touch device compared to a non-touch device.)"
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Date:December 24, 2012
windows 8 = non-productivity
"Steep learning curve to learn a new UI. If you spend more time downloading groovy, colorful apps, yakking with your friends, AND have a touch screen, Win 8 is for you. But don't you already have this functionality with your phone? However, if you use your computer as a productivity tool; if you work in Excel, Word, Powerpoint, video editing, programming, gaming, etc., than Win 8 is NOT for you. It is non-productive, non-intuitive and involves large movements with your mouse and many more clicking steps, potentially resulting in carpal tunnel. Win 7 gets you to the same place with fewer clicks. Microsoft has taken more control of your computer leaving you with less control of your computer, and MS will not allow you to downgrade to Win 7 unless you are a business enterprise. Microsoft is more intent on preserving market share instead of providing a genuinely usable and productive product. They are pushing app based products to increase their revenue stream plain and simple, which does nothing to improve on customer/consumer productivity. There is a reason Microsoft is pushing this product at a discounted upgrade price. Don't believe the hype."
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Date:December 18, 2012
Basically fun to use
Pros: outstanding software & hardware compatibility, multiple choices for accomplishing something, works as well with a mouse as with touch, tiles launch apps and convey information, mostly fun and involving to use, apps crash cleanly leaving os just fine, start screen internet explorer is a good design
Cons: windows 8 store apps still primitive and crash, start screen internet explorer fails on some sites, tiles used only as launchers take up too much room
"Windows 8 is an excellent start of something new. Except when Windows 8 Store apps crash, I really enjoy using the OS. At least the apps crash cleanly and the OS still works fine. It is as easy to use on my desktop with a mouse as it is on my tablet using touch. Every legacy program and device I have tried works perfectly."
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Date:November 15, 2012
Windows 8 Still Needs to get the kinks out
Pros: excellent price considering the cost of previous, versions and upgrades
Cons: only works with windows 7 or higher version, had to remove several key features before install
Model Number: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
"Windows 8 was difficult to install and had to remove several key features like Webcamera, and fingerprint signature before it would install."