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Windows 8
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Microsoft is offering Windows 8 upgrade for $39.99, has anyone taken advantage of this offer? I may do so within the next day or so.
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#2
I saw it for $59, but not $39. Got a link?
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#3
Windows 8 Pro - $39.99
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#4
I got it and have already installed it on my PC.

Working good so far.

There are some odd differences, such as "where is the shut down button", but I'm figuring things out.
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#5
Giant PDF has Microsoft's Windows 8 Step by Step, I started reading it yesterday, it's a good book. Did you do a clean install or upgrade?
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#6
Found the following on My Digital Life forum:
Quote:Hi all, just thought id share......

as we know MS offer an upgrade of windows 8 for $14.99 if you have bought a computer recently with windows 7 on it

i checked the registration form and they never asked for proof of purchase or serial number....!!

so i filled in the form with a name and model number of a laptop from a brochure (which had windows 7 ultimate on it)

low and behold i was sent an upgrade offer with promotion code for windows 8 pro

i dont own a laptop and i intended on installing it on a desktop........a fresh install !!

did you know that an upgrade disk is exactly the same as a full disk......its just the key that differs.....


so i downloaded the upgrade assistant, bought the digital copy (with key) with the promo code and burnt it to a DVD as an iso

heres the thing, the upgrade disk lets you do a fresh install ("custom") with an upgrade key but after installation your windows is not activated.......and cant be activated with that key..........the activation windows says that your key is meant for upgrade only and not full install.....

so what to do.........

simply run your computer (with unactivated windows 8 on it) untill it reaches the desktop stage

then pop the same upgrade disk in and upgrade on top of the unactivated windows 8 you just installed !!...ie....run the disk in windows, do not boot from it.....

***do not fresh install, choose "upgrade"***......and plug in the same key you received with the digital copy.

this time, when windows 8 upgrades on its self and restarts its fully activated and legit........


i dont know about you guys but im sick of hack and cracks with patches.........always worrying about losing activation with service packs and what not...


this way, ive obtained a clean copy of windows 8 pro straight from MS and activated it legitimately all for $14.99 and without having to buy a computer........

no more hactivation worries or loss of activation........


:-) :-)

My laptop is only 9 months old, I just may try this.
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(10-31-2012, 08:04 AM)WarBicycle Wrote: Giant PDF has Microsoft's Windows 8 Step by Step, I started reading it yesterday, it's a good book. Did you do a clean install or upgrade?

This is the first time I did not do a clean install and tried the upgrade.

First though, I ran the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to ensure that my hardware was compatible. If you are running Windows 7, there is a good chance you will not have any problem.

As a quick aside, I have Apples' iTunes installed on my PC (I have an iPhone and iPod Touch) and took the advice to "deauthorize" my PC before I did the upgrade to W8 and then "authorized" it again after the upgrade. Worked fine - just make sure you have your Apple ID and PW handy.

It is important that you be patient while running the upgrade. You'll see "getting ready" on your screen for a long time, for example, but you really won't know what anything is getting ready for, especially since the next step will not be your first boot into the W8 screens. No hurry, no worry. It'll get there.

I did need to upgrade my printer driver - HP Photosmart Plus B209a-m - so you might need to do the same even if the upgrade assistant "blesses" your printer.

Otherwise, I'm not seeing any sort of slowdown with my system, in fact, it does appear to be running slightly quicker.

Mousing on a system that is designed for touch screens is a little odd, but doable once you get the hang of it.

Good luck.
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(10-31-2012, 09:36 AM)WarBicycle Wrote: My laptop is only 9 months old, I just may try this.

I did something like that when I upgraded my laptop from Vista to W7, except I split the HD first and installed the upgrade on the second partition. Then I had my original Vista plus a clean install of W7. As I became more comfortable with the W7 install I rarely used the older Vista and now it is mainly a "data" partition.

Many ways to "skin the Windows cat", so to speak.
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#9
(10-31-2012, 08:04 AM)WarBicycle Wrote: Giant PDF has Microsoft's Windows 8 Step by Step, I started reading it yesterday, it's a good book. Did you do a clean install or upgrade?

Got a specific link? The one you have here is a general one. S5
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#10
I just ran Toshiba update adviser, there are several drivers that will have to be installed.
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(10-31-2012, 12:55 PM)John L Wrote:
(10-31-2012, 08:04 AM)WarBicycle Wrote: Giant PDF has Microsoft's Windows 8 Step by Step, I started reading it yesterday, it's a good book. Did you do a clean install or upgrade?

Got a specific link? The one you have here is a general one. S5

Clickity click Chose slow download, it will take about 20 minutes.
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(10-31-2012, 09:36 AM)WarBicycle Wrote: Found the following on My Digital Life forum:
Quote:Hi all, just thought id share......

as we know MS offer an upgrade of windows 8 for $14.99 if you have bought a computer recently with windows 7 on it

i checked the registration form and they never asked for proof of purchase or serial number....!!

so i filled in the form with a name and model number of a laptop from a brochure (which had windows 7 ultimate on it)

low and behold i was sent an upgrade offer with promotion code for windows 8 pro

i dont own a laptop and i intended on installing it on a desktop........a fresh install !!

did you know that an upgrade disk is exactly the same as a full disk......its just the key that differs.....


so i downloaded the upgrade assistant, bought the digital copy (with key) with the promo code and burnt it to a DVD as an iso

heres the thing, the upgrade disk lets you do a fresh install ("custom") with an upgrade key but after installation your windows is not activated.......and cant be activated with that key..........the activation windows says that your key is meant for upgrade only and not full install.....

so what to do.........

simply run your computer (with unactivated windows 8 on it) untill it reaches the desktop stage

then pop the same upgrade disk in and upgrade on top of the unactivated windows 8 you just installed !!...ie....run the disk in windows, do not boot from it.....

***do not fresh install, choose "upgrade"***......and plug in the same key you received with the digital copy.

this time, when windows 8 upgrades on its self and restarts its fully activated and legit........


i dont know about you guys but im sick of hack and cracks with patches.........always worrying about losing activation with service packs and what not...


this way, ive obtained a clean copy of windows 8 pro straight from MS and activated it legitimately all for $14.99 and without having to buy a computer........

no more hactivation worries or loss of activation........


:-) :-)

My laptop is only 9 months old, I just may try this.

I just went and took advantage of the promotion, which is located right here. I completed all the information, and used my new Windows 7 information of the new HP I just received this week.

I'm now waiting on the email confirmation to show up and then I will purchase the upgrade for the $14.99.

I'll let you all know how this finishes out. Hell, I may do this again for anther of my computers. S5 At $15 you can't go wrong, can you?
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#13
If you are really interested in a 'Start' menu, and that includes me, you can add it to your Windows 8 program: Use Ninite to give Windows 8 a classic Start menu.

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Or you can take this 'Pokki' approach: Another way to restore the Windows 8 Start button and menu.

Quote:Because Microsoft thinks it knows what's best for users and apparently wants to confuse the living daylights out of them, Windows 8 has no Start button.

I'll just say that again so it sinks in: Windows 8 has no Start button.

What it has is a tablet-friendly Start screen packed with tiles. It's very pretty, and probably quite pleasant on a tablet, but fairly crummy on a current-model desktop or laptop.

Things get a lot more familiar-looking if you click the Desktop tile—ahh, there's the Windows we know and love—but once again, Windows 8 has no Start button.

Which begs the question: How exactly are you supposed to navigate the Desktop without one?

Thankfully, a growing number of programs (including Start8) can restore Start for you. The one I'm testing now is called Pokki, and it instantly transformed Windows 8 into an operating system I can actually use on my trusty old Acer laptop.

Pokki actually works with all versions of Windows (as far back as XP), offering to replace the stock Start button and menu with its own pretty, icon-oriented system.

During installation, be sure to check the option to use Pokki as your Start menu. When that's done, just head to the Windows 8 Desktop and you'll see something that looks like an acorn where the Start button normally resides.

Click and you'll see a menu that, while not exactly identical to Windows 7, looks familiar enough. All Programs, Control Panel, Documents, a Shut Down menu—they're all there.

If you right-click the Pokki Start button and choose Settings, you'll see a Boot to desktop option. Yep, you guessed it: Now your Windows 8 system will start in Desktop mode instead of the Start screen, meaning you can enjoy a more traditional Windows experience.

As a huge added bonus, Pokki also provides quick and easy access to an app store that's home to dozens of, well, Windows 8-style apps. You can use them or not, but they all run within the Desktop environment, so you don't have to switch back to the Start screen or anything.

From what I've seen of Pokki so far, it's a great remedy for folks who simply can't live without a Start button—or don't want to. It's free, easy to use, and downright sexy.

Have you found a Start-button alternative you like better? Tell me about it in the comments!
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#14
Also, here's something else nice to know: How to add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 free of charge.

And one more nice thing: How to master Storage Spaces in Windows 8.

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#15
I was just about to post the info about Windows Media Center.

Even if you don't have Win 8 installed yet, it wouldn't hurt to get the free key code.

The new Storage Spaces concept is interesting and will some blur the idea of separate drives and partitions.
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#16
I tried to install w8 on my old computer but it's not compatible with my processor type. Processor speed is ok, but lacks a function.
I'll have to buy a new PC for that.

I recommand w8, despite the clumsy Metro start screen which you can easily avoid, for the real technical improvements.
It's designed to work on system much weaker than a PC so for the first time in history Microsoft has made it more efficient.
It still eats over 12GB thought, just like Vista and 7.
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#17
I'm still waiting for Toshiba to provide Win 8 support for my Ultrabook, it not even a year old, they should have had support out by now.
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#18
I have a new desktop computer with 8.1 installed, and it's configured to open directly on the desktop, no password non sens. I don't know how to do it because they did the installation for me at the computer store.
There is a "menu" at the place where the start menu was in earlier versions but it doesn't show programs and the search is this horrible thing which is searching the web instead of your computer files...! S4
I never use the "modern" start page, except fo the map app ("App", not "application", this is important to look modern). The weather app is not able to locate my town. Suckers! I'm not living in a cave!
On a SSD drive it starts in 10 seconds, or faster. It's very fast to start (I mean after a complete shut down, not hibernate).

Soon I will get a free upgrade to W10! I'm looking forward to try it because they made a lot of improvements!
The very first thing they advertise for W10 is the return of the Start Menu!
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