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Show of hands, who hasn't and isn't buying the $40 upgrade

View Poll Results: Did you buy the $40 upgrade, or do you plan to?

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  • Yes for sure!

    35 64.81%
  • Nope, Windows 8 isn't for me

    19 35.19%
  1. #41


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Like I said above, I decided to not go with the upgrade version. When I switch 8, it will be on a new built machine and that will not qualify for an upgrade anyway.
    Of course you could start with "any old" system and do a clean install with an upgrade. But, like you, if I was going to do anything serious with 8, then I'd want to maximize flexibility. So, yes, if serious, I'd do the system-builder thing too--under, of course the personal-use license. Transferrable to both another installation and another person. Wouldn't, care a byte if it cost a byte more.

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  2. #42


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    Quote Originally Posted by Peterbata View Post
    At 14.99 a pop for the Pro version, I just couldn't resist. So I purchased three. Installed one on my older HP Pavilion laptop in dual boot mode alongside Win 7 Pro. I have to admit Win 8 Pro is working flawlessly. I admit that the whole metro feel does take some getting used to though.
    Three product keys? How did you accomplish what you did? Did you do something like I did. See post #37. If so, then you also paid for the upgrades, themselves, right? $39.99 a pop, right.
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  3. #43


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Like I said above, I decided to not go with the upgrade version. When I switch 8, it will be on a new built machine and that will not qualify for an upgrade anyway.
    It almost seems impossible to grasp how a power user wouldn't take the opportunity to grab a licence at this price. Even if you build a new machine you must have something lying around you can upgrade.

    I'm not even a power user anymore and I've got at least 6 licences, 4 of which I've upgraded. What about just the need to have something different, as a power user you must suffer from the same urges as the rest of us.
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  4. #44


    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Peterbata View Post
    At 14.99 a pop for the Pro version, I just couldn't resist. So I purchased three. Installed one on my older HP Pavilion laptop in dual boot mode alongside Win 7 Pro. I have to admit Win 8 Pro is working flawlessly. I admit that the whole metro feel does take some getting used to though.
    Three product keys? How did you accomplish what you did? Did you do something like I did. See po,st #37. If so, then you also paid for the upgrades, themselves, right? $39.99 a pop, right.
    I did the same as Peterbata, purchased three (3) at $14.99. All you had to do was purchase your computer(s) during the pertinent period last summer/fall. One for mama, one for daughter & one for me!

    Drew
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  5. #45


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    Yep, that'd do it.
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  6. #46


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    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Like I said above, I decided to not go with the upgrade version. When I switch 8, it will be on a new built machine and that will not qualify for an upgrade anyway.
    It almost seems impossible to grasp how a power user wouldn't take the opportunity to grab a licence at this price. Even if you build a new machine you must have something lying around you can upgrade.

    I'm not even a power user anymore and I've got at least 6 licences, 4 of which I've upgraded. What about just the need to have something different, as a power user you must suffer from the same urges as the rest of us.
    Just having some fun here--with a little serious at the end. Should be easy enough to grasp. Not always true that if there is a less expensive OS option, then a power user will buy it with our without the urges you mention. Also, not always true that if one is a power user, then he/she will buy a less expensive OS option with or without the urges you mention. I guess what I am thinking is that I doubt price has much to do with it. I wonder if he does use Win8 somewhere. Maybe, in a dark alley at night.

    Seriously, I can't speak, in general, for any power user in term of what OS option is more logical for him/her to buy. But, as mentioned earlier, if I, an amateur, was serious about using Win8, then I'd buy nothing but the system-builder software under the personal-use license. Flexible, no hassles, transferable to another installation, transferable to another person, but more expensive than an upgrade. If I was a power user, then I'd probably not need to use Win8 RTM to know enough about it to decide whether I'd want to use it or not and to help others to use it. And, from his post, number #1 pparks1 probably "tried [one or more of] the various free preview options."

    I pay pretty much for a Technet subscription just to try things out. Not sure why I do it. But, anyway, I typically end up buying and using the product if only because of those "urges" and to satisfy my Technet obligation.
    Last edited by znod; 01 Feb 2013 at 05:59.
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  7. #47


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    cant answer the poll because neither option pertained to me , ,because i am using my technet/msdn version,and i enjoy it as much as i did win7 ,and will not be buying one until a buy a new computer that has it pr-installed
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  8. #48


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I contemplated numerous times of buying it and at least having it sit on the shelf....but I decided that it would be most likely used on a new computer build, which would be from parts anyway, and would not qualify for the upgrade...so I would be buying the System Builder/OEM style license anyway.
    I'd have to buy that version too.

    Isn't Microsoft's plan to push a new OS every 12 months?
    In that case, I might as well wait and see if W9 is better.
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  9. #49


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    Quote Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I contemplated numerous times of buying it and at least having it sit on the shelf....but I decided that it would be most likely used on a new computer build, which would be from parts anyway, and would not qualify for the upgrade...so I would be buying the System Builder/OEM style license anyway.
    I'd have to buy that version too.

    Isn't Microsoft's plan to push a new OS every 12 months?
    In that case, I might as well wait and see if W9 is better.
    What happens if they just keep upgrading Windows 8 and if you need Windows 9 they charge $200, you lose. Actually if I was Microsoft that's what I would do anyway.
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  10. #50


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    cant answer the poll because neither option pertained to me , ,because i am using my technet/msdn version,and i enjoy it as much as i did win7 ,and will not be buying one until a buy a new computer that has it pr-installed
    Neither option applied to me either. I did purchase the cheapie 8 Pro upgrades because of when I purchased my computers, and I think I probably would have spent 40 bucks to upgrade. However, I would not have spent over $100 for sure.

    Drew
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