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Microsoft opens Windows 8.1 preorders before Oct 18 launch

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    Microsoft opens Windows 8.1 preorders before Oct 18 launch


    Microsoft has opened preorders for Windows 8.1, the update coming later in October that's designed to make it easier for people to absorb the radical new interface that arrived with Windows 8.

    The software maker will automatically upgrade Windows 8 machines on October 17, the day before Windows 8.1 ships, but now Windows 7 users can pay $120 to order the Windows 8.1 upgrade DVD or a digital download
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    Read more at: Microsoft opens Windows 8.1 preorders before Oct. 18 launch | Microsoft - CNET News


    See also: Buy Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Store

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    Hmmm.... That early buy-in of 39.99 for Win 8 last October doesn't sound so bad now. Well at least the update is free for those who already have 8. And honestly, 120 bucks of an OS isn't bad. Question though, is this for pro?
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    Nope

    Microsoft also will sell Windows 8.1 Pro for $199. The prices are for full versions of the OS, not just upgrades, which means people building their own PC hardware will be able to use them.
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    Well that answers that.

    I was just curious. I've already got my 8.1 pro disk.
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    Think I'm gonna stick with 8 for awhile. Start Menu 8 is working just fine for me and not ready to switch again so soon, 8 was a big enough shock for a regular non-touch laptop user. Have this working the way I want right now.
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    If you already have 8, there's absolutely no reason not to move to 8.1. And though there are some additions here and there, there's really not that much of a difference in operation. Also be aware that 8 is pretty much dead once 8.1 goes live.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    If you already have 8, there's absolutely no reason not to move to 8.1. And though there are some additions here and there, there's really not that much of a difference in operation. Also be aware that 8 is pretty much dead once 8.1 goes live.
    Will I be able to boot to desktop and have the 7 style menu orb in the lower left corner?

    Sorry, they will have to pry my mouse out of my cold dead hand. I am old though so probably sooner than later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Think I'm gonna stick with 8 for awhile. Start Menu 8 is working just fine for me and not ready to switch again so soon, 8 was a big enough shock for a regular non-touch laptop user. Have this working the way I want right now.
    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    If you already have 8, there's absolutely no reason not to move to 8.1. And though there are some additions here and there, there's really not that much of a difference in operation. Also be aware that 8 is pretty much dead once 8.1 goes live.
    Will I be able to boot to desktop and have the 7 style menu orb in the lower left corner?

    Sorry, they will have to pry my mouse out of my cold dead hand. I am old though so probably sooner than later.
    I'm sorry, I must have missed that Start Orb on Windows 8. Where was it?

    Yeah 8.1 doesn't have the Start Orb as well, but it does have a start button, something Win 8 doesn't have.

    Anyway to each his own, and I'm not here to sale it so enjoy what you have
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    Thanks for the respect. There are many of us out here that still want old school mouse and desktop and no tiles or whatever you want to call them.

    I still say Microsoft should have an option on install that lets the user select
    Desktop (mouse) or Metro (touch) interface.
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    OK! this is really good as i am aware with the fact that win 8.1 is available for free to those who are owning its predecessor version at prior hand .. i am ready to enjoy the update
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