01-17-2013, 12:01 PM
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Since the Shopping and Deals forum is closed, I figured I would post this here as I think it's a pretty good deal. If you are interested in upgrading to Windows 8 Pro, Microsoft is offering a special on their downloadable version through the end of this month (1/31/13).

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windo..._Null_Null

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 01-17-2013, 12:06 PM
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  • Dave
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Tom do you know if there are any deals on the Full version (not just the upgrade)? I need a copy to run in boot camp on my Mac.

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 01-17-2013, 01:05 PM
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  • Mynorx
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Windows 8 is very cool, but you have to have a touch screen to be able to experience it. Otherwise stick to Win 7.

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 01-17-2013, 01:14 PM
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(01-17-2013, 01:05 PM)Mynorx Wrote: Windows 8 is very cool, but you have to have a touch screen to be able to experience it. Otherwise stick to Win 7.

This is my understanding of the system as well. Best used on tablets/smartphones.

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 01-17-2013, 04:21 PM
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  • mikeperry
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(01-17-2013, 01:05 PM)Mynorx Wrote: Windows 8 is very cool, but you have to have a touch screen to be able to experience it. Otherwise stick to Win 7.

I'm not sure I would fully agree with that, since (about 3 weeks ago) taking advantage of the upgrade deal posted above I've been more than happy with the experience on my "old" laptop (which was running Windows 7 Pro).

I'm sure the experience would be even better on a touch screen device, but I do believe Windows 8 is worth the upgrade if your "old" hardware is capable of running it.

Below is an excellent video from Mr Hanselman (running on a non-touch device), The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video - Who moved my Windows 8 Cheese?




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 01-17-2013, 04:38 PM
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I don't want it!

I don't like it!

I just moved to Windows 7... I was very happy with XP.

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 01-17-2013, 05:15 PM
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(01-17-2013, 04:21 PM)mikeperry Wrote:
(01-17-2013, 01:05 PM)Mynorx Wrote: Windows 8 is very cool, but you have to have a touch screen to be able to experience it. Otherwise stick to Win 7.

I'm not sure I would fully agree with that, since (about 3 weeks ago) taking advantage of the upgrade deal posted above I've been more than happy with the experience on my "old" laptop (which was running Windows 7 Pro).

I'm sure the experience would be even better on a touch screen device, but I do believe Windows 8 is worth the upgrade if your "old" hardware is capable of running it.

Below is an excellent video from Mr Hanselman (running on a non-touch device), The Missing Windows 8 Instructional Video - Who moved my Windows 8 Cheese?




I agree...I downloaded it today and so far really like it...I'm a fan of the tile layout. I can see where a touch screen would enhance the experience, but I do not think it's a prerequisite for upgrading.

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 01-17-2013, 05:24 PM
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Running W8 pro 64bit upgraded for $15 from W7 pro and loving it.

No touch screen but still works great. faster, smoother and fixed my random crashes that were happening daily.

Well worth the upgrade if your PC can handle it

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 01-17-2013, 05:48 PM
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(01-17-2013, 05:24 PM)Bruce Wrote: Running W8 pro 64bit upgraded for $15 from W7 pro and loving it.

No touch screen but still works great. faster, smoother and fixed my random crashes that were happening daily.

Well worth the upgrade if your PC can handle it

I did this, I haven't installed it yet though. I bought my nephew a mid-range laptop with Win7 for Christmas. I filled out the form and got the $15 upgrade for myself. The way I see it is, I got him a $600 laptop..nothing wrong with getting a tiny little bonus for myself. Biggrin

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 01-17-2013, 05:55 PM
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(01-17-2013, 05:48 PM)Arcadies Wrote:
(01-17-2013, 05:24 PM)Bruce Wrote: Running W8 pro 64bit upgraded for $15 from W7 pro and loving it.

No touch screen but still works great. faster, smoother and fixed my random crashes that were happening daily.

Well worth the upgrade if your PC can handle it

I did this, I haven't installed it yet though. I bought my nephew a mid-range laptop with Win7 for Christmas. I filled out the form and got the $15 upgrade for myself. The way I see it is, I got him a $600 laptop..nothing wrong with getting a tiny little bonus for myself. Biggrin

update was smooth, everything worked (program compabibility wise), hardware all worked, all my files and even my desktop remained exact.

took a couple hours for the entire process but it was worth it for me. up and running now for a few weeks, not a single blue screen or crash. we had issues with W7, that even Dell couldn't troubleshoot. the W8 fixed it all.

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 01-17-2013, 06:47 PM
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(01-17-2013, 05:24 PM)Bruce Wrote: Running W8 pro 64bit upgraded for $15 from W7 pro and loving it.

No touch screen but still works great. faster, smoother and fixed my random crashes that were happening daily.

Well worth the upgrade if your PC can handle it

You know what fixed my random daily crashes? A Mac Wink.

Seriously though, I'm intrigued by windows 8, and would like to try it out..... on my mac.

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 01-17-2013, 07:45 PM
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(01-17-2013, 06:47 PM)biggiej42 Wrote: You know what fixed my random daily crashes? A Mac Wink.

Seriously though, I'm intrigued by windows 8, and would like to try it out..... on my mac.

$15 vs $2000. it was an easy choice.

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 01-17-2013, 08:01 PM
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LOL why would you buy a mac to run windows. Ive been runing 8 on my notebook without a touch screen. Ive also ran it on a touch screen pc and Its night and day. You really have to use it on touch pc to get the feel for it. When you have a good pc windows 7 is solid no crashes.

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 01-18-2013, 12:34 AM
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(01-17-2013, 12:06 PM)Dave Wrote: Tom do you know if there are any deals on the Full version (not just the upgrade)? I need a copy to run in boot camp on my Mac.

Dave, I've looked around a little and it seems like it's just for the upgrade...I couldn't find anything on the full version.

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 01-18-2013, 03:43 AM
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(01-17-2013, 08:01 PM)Mynorx Wrote: LOL why would you buy a mac to run windows. Ive been runing 8 on my notebook without a touch screen. Ive also ran it on a touch screen pc and Its night and day. You really have to use it on touch pc to get the feel for it. When you have a good pc windows 7 is solid no crashes.


When you work in software it's sometimes necessary to run a program both in the Windows Enviroment and the Mac Environment for testing purposes. Much easier (and cheaper) to buy a copy of Windows to install on a Mac and dual boot than to buy 2 computers especially if the Mac has strong enough specs to run Windows 8.

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 01-18-2013, 09:07 AM
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(01-17-2013, 06:47 PM)biggiej42 Wrote:
(01-17-2013, 05:24 PM)Bruce Wrote: Running W8 pro 64bit upgraded for $15 from W7 pro and loving it.

No touch screen but still works great. faster, smoother and fixed my random crashes that were happening daily.

Well worth the upgrade if your PC can handle it

You know what fixed my random daily crashes? A Mac Wink.

Seriously though, I'm intrigued by windows 8, and would like to try it out..... on my mac.

No kidding on the Mac. I'm a MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) by trade and at home, my Desktop is an iMac. What little I need Windows for I just run in Parallels (or VmWare, both great virtulization programs).

When I came home from work the last thing I wanted to deal with were Computer issues for myself of now ex-wife.

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 01-18-2013, 06:52 PM
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I never really understood the negativity towards Windows and comments on crashing and being unstable. I've used Windows since Win95 and with the exception of Win95 have rarely ever had stability issues, actually none in the last decade or more with WinXP/Win7 and now Win8 and I use my system heavily and it's on 24/7 for the most part. I keep my system cleaned out, defragged and don't install a ton of unnecessary bug ridden junk to clog up the systray or a ton of useless browser tool bars and the like, other than that I don't do anything special.

Another case of YMMV I suppose.

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