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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro pricing announced and what a deal!

    This is wonderful! It's high time that MS gives it's loyal users the deals that Apple users gets, one of their recent OS upgrades was only $24.95 or $29.95, anyway less than $30.

    I have an old Retail version of XP in a drawer, that's what I'll use as "qualifying media" to upgrade from. No need to worry about completely updating it, just activate it, allow the Genuine Advantage updates to run, verifying that it's MS Genuine software, the other updates won't be necessary or needed. MS isn't looking for that.

    Plus, I'll get to keep my 2 current versions of Windows 7 by doing this. With all of this saved money, it looks like I can probably get one of those Hybrid HDD's that I wanted for my desktop. I was originally looking at at least $200 for the OS via a TechNet subscription, but they are getting more & more restrictive. So far, it hasn't happened to me, but there's word that these OS's may come with time limits (say like 6 to 12 months). I have at least 4 that's been installed for 2 years, but with this kind of deal, no need to chance it.

    And still, I have 2 unused Office 2010 Pro Plus COA's, so that will allow me to keep a modern Office until the next version of Windows in 2015.

    WOW, my HP desktop gets a 3 year reprieve! So when are the pre-orders going to begin?

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro upgrade set for $39.99

    That's what I'm going to do Ted, is just install that Retail version of XP Pro on there, simply for MS's requirements. I read that the actual format had to be done with the Win 8 Pro install disk, seems that this was similar to Win 7's install procedure.

    This is going to be exciting, now we're going to see the real interest in Win 8 pouring forward. Once this deal kicks in, Windows 7's momentum will effectively be shot down from the sky, leaving XP's all time high usage record in January 2007 (77% Worldwide usage) intact & unbroken.

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    With all of this good news, here comes the bad. Once this deal kicks in, probably on Day 1 of Windows 8's Retail availability, Windows 7 usage is going to take a hit. There is no way that the OS can continue sell 7 copies per minute, or second, whichever was reported, while Win 8 Pro will probably be selling like hotcakes, perhaps even faster than Windows 7 did.

    Being that many of the remaining XP users left are the real diehards of the OS, I expect Windows 7 usage to be the first to be reporting decreasing numbers (losses). XP will retain their all time high worldwide usage number posted in January 2007, and it's very possible that Windows 7 usage could fall as fast, if not faster, than it rose.

    At any rate, something's got to give. There are only so many computer users, with it's obvious superiority over previous versions of Windows, including 7, Windows 8 Pro is going to one big hit come this fall.

    Speaking of Windows 7, doesn't it seem kind of odd that SP1 support is going to run out early next year w/o a beta in sight to replace it? I beta tested SP1 for months before it was official. And at first, the raw SP1 wasn't pretty, especially the uninstall. Don't expect any differences with SP2. My point being, SP's are supported 24 months per the MS Lifecycle Policy.

    It could very well be that MS is willing to sacrifice it's consumer (home) users in regards to 7, & allow it to become a business/corporate OS for awhile. This would in effect, almost force the home user to consider this upgrade, especially being that in 2 & a half years (01/13/2015), Win 7 users will be in the very same boat as XP users of today. No new IE, WMC, & other modern, up to date features.

    Some food for thought. After all, I hope that no one was foolish enough to believe that the excitement of 2009 could sustain itself for 5+ years. It'll be lucky to for 3.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro upgrade set for $39.99

    Hmmm, I just might have an OS install disc laying around somewhere... Phaaaaauuuufff <----- me blowing the dust off a Vista Disc (this would be a good deal considering MS gave it to me as a "Thank you" for beta-testing Vista). I'll add Win8 somewhere, somehow, maybe but, won't blow my Win7 away for it. Oh, look, here's an XP Box... wonder if I remember how to install XP; that was so many years ago. I was just getting out of high school & cars were required to have seat belts.

    I wonder about the clean from Upgrade, too. Oh, hell, it would have to be clean from XP... totally different platform.

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    I'm with you Drew, I'm not blowing my Win 7 installs away. Because I have $180 tied up in Windows Anytime Upgrade to Pro COA's, one barely over 1 year old. And I know that you probably need Windows 7 for your occupation.

    I was looking a few minutes ago, the dust is quite thick on my XP install kit, but fortunately, it hasn't been removed from the shrink wrap. It was bought for someone who backed out of downgrading Windows 7 back in 2009, being that I had a tight schedule at the time, he gave it to me for the missed job. This is when Full Retail XP was still available at Newegg. Being that I bought a TechNet subscription shortly afterwards, I used those instead.

    So it worked out well for me, or I hope that it does. I may buy 2 of these offerings, once they go online for pre-purchase. I fully expect 100 million copies of Windows 8 Pro to be sold prior to launch date.

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    Yeah, well, who knows, maybe 8 will be received in larger quantity than some ppl try to suggest. Frankly, sometimes I think the nay-sayers just don't 'get it'.

    Bit-Locker To Go is a fine new feature.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro upgrade set for $39.99

    I will just Image my Win 7 just before the install, then install Win 8 Pro there. With a new Image just before the installation, I will be able to get Win 7 back if needed.

    I think I will also be updating my wife's PC. I will have a small learning curve for her, but assuming I can set Win 8 Pro up the same way for both of us. We both already have our data partitions separate from the OS. Our 2 PC's are almost identical.

    Of course we will always recommend the Clean Install method rather than the Upgrade Install. And of course, many people out there will not follow our recommendations and our work load will increase substantially.
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    That you can count on, Ted. On this forum & probably many others, as well as other outlets, there are, or soon will be, detailed instructions on how to proceed.

    But the thing is, or will be, those who think that they know it all, won't bother imaging their computer beforehand, will botch the install & turn to us (as well as other forums) blaming everyone but themselves. In particular, MS. I don't care what the task at hand is, I always read the instructions before proceeding. Note that sometimes, this does require a magnifying glass to read the fine print, one sheet with 6 languages, but I do read, as there are almost always cautions.

    And I fully expect this, it was the same with Windows 7. Not to mention the questions "should I choose the 32 or 64 bit option", users trying to install their hardware/software from the Clinton era & wonder why it's not working, and tons of other already answered questions.

    But at least these users will be serious ones, they will have cash tied up into the OS, & though some will screw up the first time, they will want to get it right. It's just my hope that the users who installed their own Windows 7 OS's has learned from any mistakes made & will at least read before proceeding.

    It's not like there's a lack of info on this, one who is intelligent enough to navigate to the download page, there will be additional warnings, as well as Upgrade Adviser software to check for compatibility issues prior to purchase.

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    Face it, We'll be busy as hell, no 2 ways about it.

    TM, you had better stick with us during this phase, even though you are keeping Win XP. I need an auld phart to keep me in line.

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    Default Re: Windows 8 Pro upgrade set for $39.99

    TM is a highly regarded adviser here & elsewhere, we need him to stay, regardless of how busy we are. He has probably forgotten more than I'll ever know about computing. Regardless of the OS being installed, some things remains the same.

    I even have an XP computer that my wife really likes & I keep it maintained for her, though other than upkeep, I seldom use it. Upkeep is something that all OS's of all versions (& brands) requires.

    TM is also a highly regarded friend to me, & I've sought advice from him on non-Win 8 issues.

    Yes, we're certainly going to have our hands full, & then some. I'm hoping that contributing members joins us & give us a hand, as well as current members who are knowledgeable about computer hardware/software joining in the discussions here. Any & all legit advice will be greatly appreciated, no matter the experience level, or length of membership.

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