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I have heard that we could update windows 7 and even windows XP into windows 8 and vista in less than $40. At first I can;t believe it because I was expecting windows 8 official price to be above $50 but then I was wrong. Here it is. I am not so sure if I will try this one right away. I have used the consumer preview edition before but it has some bugs. I guess I should wait for some feedback before purchasing this.

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I have heard that we could update windows 7 and even windows XP into windows 8 and vista in less than $40. At first I can;t believe it because I was expecting windows 8 official price to be above $50 but then I was wrong. Here it is. I am not so sure if I will try this one right away. I have used the consumer preview edition before but it has some bugs. I guess I should wait for some feedback before purchasing this.

Previews are supposed to have bugs, they are released so people can test them and report issues.

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I'm using the Preview Release on my laptop. I don't really see anything special about it, unless you have a touchscreen. I heard its coming out some time this year

No touch screen here, but there are no other cool features going from 7 to 8?

 

What about the file system did they change it for Win 8? I remember them talking about a new one to replace NTFS back in Vista or Win 7 but it wasn't complete enough to make the release.

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Previews are supposed to have bugs, they are released so people can test them and report issues.

Previews are supposed to have bugs, they are released so people can test them and report issues.

 

Yes but it is still best to at least here some reviews before actually purchasing it. Anyway those bugs are just minor and I think that the official release is far way better than the preview version.

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Very nicely priced, but at the moment Im just not seeing the advantage. Especially since Im currently on ubuntu anyways lol

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Very nicely priced, but at the moment Im just not seeing the advantage. Especially since Im currently on ubuntu anyways lol

12.04 is great isn't it? Unity isn't just pretty it's very productive

No touch screen here, but there are no other cool features going from 7 to 8?

 

What about the file system did they change it for Win 8? I remember them talking about a new one to replace NTFS back in Vista or Win 7 but it wasn't complete enough to make the release.

Can't say I notice any useful features, not saying there isn't any, just that I haven't used any if there are.

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If Microsoft is cutting prices, I'm not surprised. I think as a company, they are getting left behind in the dust. Sure, their OS's are obviously in great use, but other than that, what are they doing that is so amazing? Not much. Mobile development is hot, hot hot. iPhone and Android. Browser useage has FINALLY changed and IE is dropping in favor...you get the picture. There are so many free and open-source software tools out there, why buy Microsoft stuff when you can get great tools for free??

 

I am almost starting to feel sorry for Microsoft. (I always root for the underdog.)

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I used one of the earlier beta versions, and it did feel weird. I haven't had the time to test any more recent versions such as the release preview.

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As it stands right now, I'm sticking with 7 for my Windows needs until MS discontinues support for it. Windows 8 is just... bad. The Metro UI still feels too much like a mobile interface, and there's still no way to disable it. I can't even use a real start menu without installing third-party software. Then there's the fact that while the Windows 7 Beta worked fine out-of-the-box with no tweaking, I got no less than half a dozen blue screens with the consumer preview of Windows 8 in the first week or so of using it. Even Vista was (and still is) better than 8.

 

That said, I'll probably buy $40 licenses for all my machines if I can't get them cheaper; I'm sure it's only going to be a limited-time offer, and perhaps somewhere before Windows 9 they'll make 8 usable; if not, I can probably turn a profit on the keys once MS jacks the price up.

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I have a touchscreen computer (an HP TouchSmart 300) What version of windows 8 would be best for me? I currently run Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit on this machine, would I be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro and keep the touch functionality?

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So what were your guys thought's on it?

 

I went ahead and installed on my laptop.  Was on $40 to try.  Gave it a few days.  It was crap I thought. Rolled back to Windows 7.

 

I've heard that they will be releasing the next version of Windows in 2013 to recover.  Like they always do every other, crap->good->crap->good ect...

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I have upgraded to Windows 8 Pro.

 

Found a way to get it for free. Legally. With a tool created officially by Microsoft. Those Microsoft programmers can be fantastic coders. Sometimes. So far so good. I think I have gone overboard a bit with the TSRs. So it hangs now and then. Nothing serious. Just need to look at the sky outside the window for a few seconds. Probably will have to cut it back to a bare-bones structure since my laptop is old and slow.

 

A Celeron 1.2Ghz is old and slow, right?

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Well, one of the main reasons I tried Windows 8 was that I was intrigued by the way my friends were playing with their smartphones and tablets. So when I used Windows 8, I loved the way I could use my mouse point to swipe across the screen like a finger. I am not really missing the start button because I have all my regular apps pinned to my task bar.

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I've yet to use Windows 8. I bought my Asus specifically with Windows 7 since I didn't wanna try 8 yet and if I didn't like it I'd be stuck with a $2,000 computer I'd hate using. :P 

 

My dad is getting a new computer this summer that'll have windows 8 on it. So i'll use that and see how it is. :)

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Windows 8 is good but not better than Windows 7. This is why it has not gained a lot sales as compared to its predecessor. I think they will have to introduce Windows 9 soon to cover to the mess in Windows 8. Just like it happen in Windows Vista. 

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