Today is the last day to upgrade to Windows 8 at the promo discount
We can appreciate the apprehension, but remember, you can always buy the license now, and install it later. That will save you a load of cash, about $160 to be exact. Tomorrow, February 1st, Windows 8 will cost $200. There will be a lesser version available for $120, but you can get Windows 8 Pro now for $40.
If you have seen our review of Microsoft’s Surface RT tablet, the user experience is new and overall impressions were positive. Indeed, we did see a couple freeze ups, but we are talking a Microsoft operating system here, and updates are always forthcoming. If you are not a fan of the Start Screen, you can install “Start Button” add-ons, and the Windows Market has a growing inventory of apps. From a hardware performance standpoint, we updated a couple laptops that have been running Windows 7 since it was first introduced in 2009, and have been pleasantly surprised that the new operating system did not weigh down the performance at all. So, Windows 8 is probably not the gorilla that some fear it may be.
Microsoft had a real challenge to face when developing its newest flagship operating system. Windows 7 was an undisputed success (of course it was succeeding Vista) and there was no real groundswell movement to take things to the next level. Microsoft sweetened the pot with a low cost of admission and if you are a Windows Phone user, it will certainly be familiar and unify the experience.
Check out Microsoft’s “Upgrade Assistant” to see what’s involved in upgrading your tablet or PC. If you decide to buy it, the download is about 2GB, and remember, you can always read more about Windows 8 before you make the upgrade, and you will have done so at a steep discount.
Let us know how your gear is holding up after the upgrade.
1. Stoli89 (Posts: 333; Member since: 28 Jun 2010)
I purchased the W8 upgrade about 1 month ago. On an older PC I upraded from 32 bit to 64 bit and did a clean install on a new SSD. Performance was greatly improved. I set things up so that I have a dual boot system (Vista 32 bit and W8 64 bit). Of course, given the age of the PC I do not have touch screen capability. But it is quite easy to download a couple of apps that make W8 look very much like W7 (desktop, start menu, task bar, etc.)
2. nbringer (Posts: 180; Member since: 11 Sep 2012)
In other words you don't like the UI. Same here.
4. thunderbolt (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
Switch to UBUNTU ... it's free so why pay microsoft? Just For playing Solitaire?
5. haseebzahid (Posts: 1842; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
are u kidding u want us to go to that stupid hell where there is no way back and forward is so bad you cant live you will want to kill your self in Ubuntu. free is not awesome always and Ubuntu sucks last time i checked ubunto10 it was disaster for me left it forever. and boot time is like 2+ minuets u kidding me. comparing user experience Free Ubuntu is hell while windows is heaven. i dont want to give commands to copy simple file around nor i want to download separate APIs to run GUI
6. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
How is WIN8 any better? Now they have this feature of "monkeying on the screen" (called Touch) all the time ... free is awesome look at server market and phone os ... and virus free world :)
8. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Win 8 is faster, and that alone is a good enough reason for upgrading. If you want to be left behind, then go ahead. Adios ;o)
12. haseebzahid (Posts: 1842; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
yeah sure free is never better featured whole windows series is always ahead of Ubuntu which is probably made on forums and merged in the end. as does people say wp7,8 lacks apps support Ubuntu/linux also is plagued by this in software market most things comes for windows and MAC before linux and most doesn't even come to linix besides its nonuser friendly OS then windows whatever win8 is never used yet but i can already say it is better then Ubuntu 10,20,30 whatever it is coming now. why people should not pay for a user friendly windows rather free crap only friendly for developers Ubuntu.
15. thunderbolt (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
Ok by user friendly you mean Kids friendly right? Then yes i agree with your view point ... For me Ubuntu rocks yea i know i am odd man out but there are 20 million + odd men women there and Google is on Ubuntu too ...
7. Cyan3boN (Posts: 434; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
got mine 2 days back...it's AWESOMEE. fan of IE10 since
9. maulgandhi (unregistered)
Dont get Windows 8 Period!!!!! It sucks. I bought windows 8 pro about a month ago, i did clean installation on my hp laptop. FYI: (Moving from Windows 7 and Ubuntu 12.04.1.)
Basically they fix windows 7 bugs and add metro ui on top it, which is only meant to use on touchscreen laptop. If i had chance to get my $40 dollars i would get it back without any hesitation. Microsoft decided to remove windows media center, which was the strong selling point in windows 7 and now its gone. I used to watch live it on media center. Microsoft wants you pay for WMC. Go for something else. they're plenty of free options available. Lets be honest nobody uses internet explorer.
11. UrbanPhantom (Posts: 949; Member since: 30 Oct 2012)
Yawn. Okay, we heard your pointless rants....now move along
13. haseebzahid (Posts: 1842; Member since: 22 Feb 2012)
windows 7 is a whole strong selling point if u even think to compare to Linux not just media center.
14. thunderbolt (Posts: 76; Member since: 10 Jan 2013)
Oh what's Internet explorer? Some new refurbished toy ?
10. tywanjames (Posts: 20; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)
please stop whining maulgandhi. Microsoft is giving away wmc for free for a limited time.