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Windows 7: Advice on upgrading to Windows 8.

05 Nov 2012   #1
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 
Advice on upgrading to Windows 8.

I was thinking of taking the plunge to getting the discounted windows 8 upgrade for my computer. I meet the requirements by far, and at $39.99 for digital copy, I am thinking of taking the upgrade.

I was curious if anyone could shed some light on whether or not this would be worth it? This sales goes on until sometimes in Feb 2013. The Windows 8 Compatibility tool comes back with 100% compatible review of my computer.

I ran the public preview of Windows 8, and I liked it alot, and would like feedback from the Windows 7 community.


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05 Nov 2012   #2
kirakun2

Windows 7 Home Basic OEM
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
I was thinking of taking the plunge to getting the discounted windows 8 upgrade for my computer. I meet the requirements by far, and at $39.99 for digital copy, I am thinking of taking the upgrade.

I was curious if anyone could shed some light on whether or not this would be worth it? This sales goes on until sometimes in Feb 2013. The Windows 8 Compatibility tool comes back with 100% compatible review of my computer.

I ran the public preview of Windows 8, and I liked it alot, and would like feedback from the Windows 7 community.
To tell you the truth, maybe you don't know but the windows 7 u have has much more potential and is much better (thats my view currently), but if u are not bothered by tech things then u should probably go for it. Can't really say though, W8 is less "hackable" if u are in these sort of things. But using a mouse and metro just don't seem to get along, unless u have touchscreen. I'm personally staying away from wp8 unless microsoft comes out with something really strong to make me shift.

The new W8 will shift towards cloud computing mostly and i don't like it cause it feels like im insecure in the new windows, though the security in terms of malware protection should go up.
Do note that upgrading instead of installing a fresh copy often is a hassle.

The final choice is yours, if u feel you like it, then go for it.
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05 Nov 2012   #3
Indianatone

Windows 7 x64 Ultimate and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
I was thinking of taking the plunge to getting the discounted windows 8 upgrade for my computer. I meet the requirements by far, and at $39.99 for digital copy, I am thinking of taking the upgrade.

I was curious if anyone could shed some light on whether or not this would be worth it? This sales goes on until sometimes in Feb 2013. The Windows 8 Compatibility tool comes back with 100% compatible review of my computer.

I ran the public preview of Windows 8, and I liked it alot, and would like feedback from the Windows 7 community.
If you personally LIKED the preview and tested it thoroughly then YOU should upgrade if YOU feel it will be worthwhile. It is relatively inexpensive. I personally can't stand 8 but that is my opinion. As you are well aware Windows 7 is stable and 8 has some so called under the hood improvements and the "Interface formally known as Metro" I am a little concerned that the old key to your old operating system could be invalidated should you change your mind. I would check into that.
If you can live with 8 and you like it, that is all that matters.
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05 Nov 2012   #4
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

With the upgrade you are given a choice, you can back up the documents folder only, backup documents and settings, or do a fresh install (which is what I would do), they also have it for $15 more you can get the upgrade on a disk. They say upgrade, but this is really an upgrade/new install DVD/Digital Download.

I was thinking of maybe just buying it on DVD and holding on to it for when I decide to install it, it is cheap, and goes up to full price after Feb 2013.
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05 Nov 2012   #5
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Indianatone View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by tlarseth View Post
I was thinking of taking the plunge to getting the discounted windows 8 upgrade for my computer. I meet the requirements by far, and at $39.99 for digital copy, I am thinking of taking the upgrade.

I was curious if anyone could shed some light on whether or not this would be worth it? This sales goes on until sometimes in Feb 2013. The Windows 8 Compatibility tool comes back with 100% compatible review of my computer.

I ran the public preview of Windows 8, and I liked it alot, and would like feedback from the Windows 7 community.
If you personally LIKED the preview and tested it thoroughly then YOU should upgrade if YOU feel it will be worthwhile. It is relatively inexpensive. I personally can't stand 8 but that is my opinion. As you are well aware Windows 7 is stable and 8 has some so called under the hood improvements and the "Interface formally known as Metro" I am a little concerned that the old key to your old operating system could be invalidated should you change your mind. I would check into that.
If you can live with 8 and you like it, that is all that matters.
If you get the DVD copy it doesn't do anything with your current key, the digital does, it has to be installed within I think 72 hours according to the EULA for it.

Not to mention Metro can be turned off, that is what I did during the preview. I also had less overheating issues on my laptop with the win8 preview, which is another factor that I am considering.
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05 Nov 2012   #6
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

Which preview were you running - and how exactly did you "turn off" metro. ?

MS have been progressively spreading metro like an unpleasant disease to try and prevent people removing/turning it off.

I think the previous poster had the general idea :

Quote:
W8 is less "hackable" if u are in these sort of thing...The new W8 will shift towards cloud computing mostly and i don't like it
If you really want to buy the thing in spite of all that, you can just get the $39.99 deal - download the files , and it will knock up an iso for you.


You can install from that at any time.

When you install from the iso , it will check you have a qualifying version of windows on the machine you are pointing it at.

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If you get the DVD copy it doesn't do anything with your current key, the digital does
What do you think it does - and where did you get that idea from?
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05 Nov 2012   #7
tlarseth

Windows 8 64-bit (6.2, Build 9200) (9200.win8_rtm.120725-1247)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
Which preview were you running - and how exactly did you "turn off" metro. ?

MS have been progressively spreading metro like an unpleasant disease to try and prevent people removing/turning it off.

I think the previous poster had the general idea :

Quote:
W8 is less "hackable" if u are in these sort of thing...The new W8 will shift towards cloud computing mostly and i don't like it
If you really want to buy the thing in spite of all that, you can just get the $39.99 deal - download the files , and it will knock up an iso for you.


You can install from that at any time.

When you install from the iso , it will check you have a qualifying version of windows on the machine you are pointing it at.

Quote:
If you get the DVD copy it doesn't do anything with your current key, the digital does
What do you think it does - and where did you get that idea from?
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by http://techmell.com/how-to/disable-metro-ui-windows-8/
Steps To Disable Metro UI in Windows 8

1. First, press the Start + R buttons, to open the Run menu.

2. In the Run window, type “regedit” and hit Enter.

3. Now scroll on the top of the list and double click on “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE”. This will expand the folder.

4. Do the same for “SOFTWARE “.

5. In the list, search for “Microsoft” and open it.

6. Now using the same procedure, navigate to Windows->CurrentVersion->Explorer and some registry entries will appear in the right side of the screen.

7. Click on the one called “RPenabled” and change its value from “1″ to “0″.

This will cause the metro UI to be replaced with a familiar looking Windows 7 start menu. To revert this all you need to do it to change the value of RPenabled back to 1.
It is possible to disable the Metro GUI. From what I understand you aren't given the option to create a disk from the digital copy until after you install it.

A friend of mine had an OEM install on his desktop, and was successful in calling Microsoft and getting them to reactivate the Win7 key on his daughters desktop that was running XP, now she has Windows 7 using his old key, and he has Windows 8 on his computer. He had ordered the DVD disk, but from what I understand they told him that if he used the Digital Copy he couldn't have done that.
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05 Nov 2012   #8
SIW2

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Vista x64 / 7 X64
 
 

1.That reg tweak is for the very early Developer Preview release only.

It does not work now.


2. You are given the opportunity to either install now - OR make an iso for later.

You can burn that to dvd - or you can get it to put the media on a flash drive.

You can use that any time you like - or never - up to you.

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