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    if iam running windows8 pro and use free update on micorsoft websit will that give me the resr of the windows featuers if not what are the others how do i get them and are they usful to home user

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    Last edited by Brink; 12 Jan 2013 at 11:58. Reason: added tutorial link for additional info
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    You're confusing two separate issues: Upgrade and update. There isn't any free upgrade. Upgrades are purchased either on line from Microsoft, as a download without disc, or from some vendor, on line, who sells the boxed version and mails the discs it to you in a box or sells the two upgrade versions in some store. All updates are free and automatic, by default, on Windows 8.

    If you already have Windows 8 Pro, you're there. Nothing else available.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetibbe View Post
    You're confusing two separate issues: Upgrade and update. There isn't any free upgrade. Upgrades are purchased either on line from Microsoft, as a download without disc, or from some vendor, on line, who sells the boxed version and mails the discs it to you in a box or sells the two upgrade versions in some store. All updates are free and automatic, by default, on Windows 8.

    If you already have Windows 8 Pro, you're there. Nothing else available.
    Pro to ProWMC is still free to upgrade lol, but Pro is good enough for the most people.
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    I would have to say that WMC isn't exactly the conventional definition of an upgrade. Windows seems to separate that into two categories.

    A generic upgrade normally refers to installing a more recent version - Windows 96, XP Vista Win 7 - upgrade to Win 8.

    Windows 8 regular is shipped pre-installed on computers. There is a stripped down version of Win 8 for notebooks and tables, smaller devices, touch screen.

    Microsoft is offering Windows 8 as a download on line with no disc for $39.95. Promo ending soon when the price will jump to $199. I have read about many problems with it. I suspect that it may be a "stripper" version, not full.

    Windows 8 Pro can be ordered on line from many vendors who mail, or send, the box of two discs 64 bit and 32 bit. Most stores charge $69.95. That Promo will end soon also.

    For anyone who bought a computer with Windows 8 factory installed, that can be upgraded from Win 8 regular to Win 8 Pro. The Pro version is more for small businesses, government, hospitals and such. It has enhanced encryption and a couple of other somewhat obscure features that the average home owner, private user, or casual user, won't need or want - probably. That will cost $69.95.

    For anyone who has a new computer with Windows 8 pre - installed, if they want WMC Windows Media Center, they will be required to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at a cost of $69.95

    For anyone who has upgraded from Windows 7, Vista, XP to Windows 8 Pro, and already paid the $69.95, the WMC addition may be free. There was a rumble about charging $9.95 which may not actually be in effect.

    So it seems that the WMC offer is something or a hybrid betwixt and between an upgrade and an update. Conventionally I would call it an optional update. An upgrade is paid. An update is free.
    Last edited by wetibbe; 11 Jan 2013 at 10:22.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetibbe View Post
    I would have to say that WMC isn't exactly the conventional definition of an upgrade. Windows seems to separate that into two categories.

    (snip)

    Microsoft is offering Windows 8 as a download on line with no disc for $39.95. Promo ending soon when the price will jump to $199. I have read about many problems with it. I suspect that it may be a "stripper" version, not full.

    (snip)
    WMC will cost $10 after the current promotional offer ends. Sort of reminds me of the old XP Plus Pack. (Actually, the promotional offer is less of a deal than I expected. The free keys from Microsoft cannot be used to activate WMC after the end of January. If you need to do a clean re-install of WIn8 after then, you'll have to buy a key. Pfui.)

    "Stripper" version? Innuendo: not just an Italian suppository.
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    Not sure it is worth mentioning but:

    Microsoft calls the addition of WMC - "an available add on feature". It includes the ability to record live TV and to watch Internet TV - Provided you computer is equipped with the proper hardware.

    You have to get WMC yourself. It isn't included with Windows by default.

    * At the start screen type - add feature and then, from the results in Settings, click Add Features to Windows 8. Click I want to buy a product key on line.

    Windows Media Center - Add to Windows 8

    So now that the promotions are ending soon, it looks as though anyone who doesn't already have Windows 8 Pro will be required - after promo - to buy/ upgrade to W8 Pro AND purchase the WMC too additionally.


    If Microsoft reverts back to the planned retail price it may be $199 plus $13.95.
    Last edited by Brink; 12 Jan 2013 at 11:59. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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