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The Official a2k Windows 8 and/or Microsoft Surface thread

 
 
Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 07:47 am
So who's planning on moving to Windows 8 when it comes out in around October I believe, alongside the Microsoft Surface, Microsoft's first attempt at tablet and computer hardware under their own name. Will you be buying a new computer to get Windows 8 or will you be merely upgrading your old laptop or desktop computer? Did you skip Windows 7 and will upgrade Windows 8 from XP or Vista?
http://cdn.arstechnica.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/start-screen-640x359.png
Hands-on with Windows 8 RTM: software is finished, the experience ain't
http://arstechnica.com/information-technology/2012/08/hands-on-with-windows-8-rtm-software-is-finished-the-experience-aint/

The Microsoft Surface: One rendition is merely a tablet computer while the more expensive upgraded hardware version is a de facto laptop (with detachable keyboard).
http://www.microsoft.com/global/surface/en/us/publishingimages/new/hero.jpg
http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en/us/default.aspx
 
oralloy
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 06:08 pm
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
So who's planning on moving to Windows 8 when it comes out in around October I believe, alongside the Microsoft Surface, Microsoft's first attempt at tablet and computer hardware under their own name. Will you be buying a new computer to get Windows 8 or will you be merely upgrading your old laptop or desktop computer? Did you skip Windows 7 and will upgrade Windows 8 from XP or Vista?


I've always been happy with XP, and would keep using it forever if I could, but Microsoft is going to cut it off sometime in 2014, so I guess I'm upgrading to Windows 8. Gonna try to get the professional version so it'll last a few years longer before Microsoft makes me switch yet again.

Now and then I fill up a hard drive and go buy a bigger one, and I hit that point this spring. However, I've decided to combine the two moves by limping along for awhile on an almost-full drive, and then this fall I will simultaneously get a new hard drive and switch to Windows 8.

So this will mostly be an upgrade. But since it'll be a brand new hard drive, it'll be a clean install.
parados
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 07:27 pm
@tsarstepan,
Could they have made the screen any clunkier looking? In the beta they didn't allow any changes to the boxes so you are stuck with what they decided you want.
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McGentrix
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 08:57 pm
I am hoping this goes the way of ME. I do not like the interface at all. If I wanted to use an iPad, I would buy an iPad.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:07 pm
@tsarstepan,
Like McG, I'm hoping to skip Windows 8. It's hideous.

I use 7 at work and XP at home. I'd make the work one XP if I was the boss. 7 is clunky in comparison to XP.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:08 pm
@tsarstepan,
and since they're pitching the upgrade from W7 to W8 at $15, I suspect they know it's dead in the water
Ticomaya
 
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Reply Fri 17 Aug, 2012 09:11 pm
No thank you.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 08:12 am
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

Like McG, I'm hoping to skip Windows 8. It's hideous.

I had a brief look at Windows 8 already, and I think it has an "Original Desktop" option built into it, so you can bypass the new "look" of the system.
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 08:14 am
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:

and since they're pitching the upgrade from W7 to W8 at $15, I suspect they know it's dead in the water

I thought they were pricing it that way because Mac OS X upgrades are in that price range. No?
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rosborne979
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 08:20 am
@tsarstepan,
I run a VMWare server onto which I load multiple versions of operating systems (mostly different flavors of Unix and Windows Versions) so that I can be familiar with lots of them (I do remote system support for various companies, so I need to be familiar with lots of different OS's), so I will almost certainly install Windows 8 and get used to it.

However, for daily activity and for my own home network I stick with Apple products.
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DrewDad
 
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Reply Sat 18 Aug, 2012 09:37 pm
@ehBeth,
ehBeth wrote:
7 is clunky in comparison to XP.

I thought so originally as well, but after I started using it full time I really like 7.

Like always, they moved some things around, but overall I'm pleased.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Thu 23 Aug, 2012 08:33 am
Microsoft opens registration for Windows 8
If you bought a Windows 7 computer on June 2 or later, you can snag a Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99. All others will pay a slightly steeper price.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2012/0821/Microsoft-opens-registration-for-Windows-8
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Wed 3 Oct, 2012 11:07 am
On eve of Windows 8 launch, adoption numbers are less than stellar
Microsoft will release the Windows 8 operating system later this month. But it may be having trouble ginning up interest in the OS.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2012/1001/On-eve-of-Windows-8-launch-adoption-numbers-are-less-than-stellar
engineer
 
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Reply Wed 3 Oct, 2012 11:48 am
@tsarstepan,
Without a touch screen to take advantage of the full functionality, I'm not sure I'm sold yet. I'll wait to see how the reviews come out. But I still want to try a Surface.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2012 09:21 am
Will My Laptop Work With Windows 8?
Before you take the plunge with Windows 8, find out if your laptop is compatible with Microsoft's new operating system.
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2411287,00.asp


AND

Quote:
Program Information
We’ve got you covered.

Buy a Windows 7 PC and get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99.

Price displayed is an estimated retail price. The actual price of the offer will vary by region since it is dependent on a variety of specific factors including exchange rate, local taxes, duties, fees, local market conditions and other pricing considerations, and may vary by each independent reseller. The actual price may be more than the advertised price, due to these additional factors.

Refer to the information below for the offer details.

http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/Home/ProgramInfo
ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2012 09:33 am
I was auditing files at a vendor office last week. They migrated to Windows 8 on Thursday night. I didn't have any problems with it ( a bit clunky but workable), but there was lots of rumbling out in the offices. People weren't prepared for the change and were having a hard time adjusting.
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ehBeth
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2012 09:36 am
@tsarstepan,
you can get free upgrades at a number of stores here now - if your system has W7 - you just have to bring your puter (and receipt - no timeline noted - just a receipt from the particular store) and they're installing W8 for free (software and installation).
OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2012 10:25 am

I 'm keeping an open mind
and my Windows XP, for the moment.
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OmSigDAVID
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2012 10:27 am
@tsarstepan,
tsarstepan wrote:
Microsoft opens registration for Windows 8
If you bought a Windows 7 computer on June 2 or later, you can snag a Windows 8 upgrade for $14.99. All others will pay a slightly steeper price.
http://www.csmonitor.com/Innovation/Horizons/2012/0821/Microsoft-opens-registration-for-Windows-8
U can 't complain about the price.





David
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Sat 27 Oct, 2012 10:58 am
@OmSigDAVID,
No sir. No sir one can't.
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