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Buying Win8

  1. #1


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    Buying Win8


    Hi I would like to buy Windows8 Upgrade and was wondering if its maybe better to wait untill Win8.1 comes- maybe it will be sold as a win8.1 update/Iso...??

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Probably.
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    Hi, Sahara. It depends on how much faith you have in upgrades. Personally, and I think I can speak for a lot of members here, upgrades are a PITA. More problems with them than what they're worth.

    It's like buying a used car. One really never knows what one is getting. One can upgrade the car by changing fluids and parts, but in the end one still doesn't know what one has. It's never going to be like a brand new car.

    It remains yet to be seen, it doesn't look like we'll get an ISO for 8.1. Those who do not have a MSDN subscription will have to upgrade via the store. At least that's the way its looking now.

    Personally, if I were you, I would wait to get the disc.
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  4. #4


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    There's also the issue of pricing... will Microsoft have a promotional price for the 8.1 Upgrade like they did for Windows 8 last year?

    They've a lot of people that they'd like to move off XP, so it might happen.

    Or will prices actually go because Windows 8.1 is "better" (in Microsoft's view at least) than 8?

    I think if I was looking to upgrade from 7 or earlier, I'd gamble on holding off for a while, unless I needed to do it urgently. More details will presumably emerge soon on how the upgrade will work, and what pricing will be for people who don't already have 8.
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    Hard to tell. Price is marketing tool. Likely there will be a very low upgrade deal, MS are desperate to get people onto this thing. They are angling for a continuing income stream from the users afterwards. Once the users have this thing, it sits there like a tick.

    It is a different business model. They have reduced the license fees for oems and are handing out subsidies. Lenovo will allegedly release an 8" tablet at $249.
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    Hi, Sahara. It depends on how much faith you have in upgrades. Personally, and I think I can speak for a lot of members here, upgrades are a PITA. More problems with them than what they're worth.
    Really? I didnt know that upgrades are problematic, I thought it would be easy to burn a cd from the upgrade and the problem is solved...? Its also much cheaper then buying the Oem Version.
    But I never bought Windows before, I got Win7 with the laptop, already installed and for Win8 I used the Evaluation Version, but now its time to buy one...do I have to expect problems with the upgrade version?
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  7. #7


    It's a bit confusing on terminology here. Just like my car analogy > Upgrade can either mean > 1. Obtaining the new edition of an OS via disc (purchased or download ISO) for fresh install that replaces the original OS (Brand new car) > or > 2. Upgrading via a download, which keeps certain files needed, deletes those that need to be replaced, and installs any new files needed to make it the new edition (used car removing old parts with new ones trying to replicate a new car). Too much can go wrong during that process. It really never seems to install well. Many members will attest to that I'm sure.

    One is better off purchasing the disc for fresh install. Discs are also convenient for repair.

    I hope that helps.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by sahara View Post
    Hi, Sahara. It depends on how much faith you have in upgrades. Personally, and I think I can speak for a lot of members here, upgrades are a PITA. More problems with them than what they're worth.
    Really? I didnt know that upgrades are problematic, I thought it would be easy to burn a cd from the upgrade and the problem is solved...? Its also much cheaper then buying the Oem Version.
    But I never bought Windows before, I got Win7 with the laptop, already installed and for Win8 I used the Evaluation Version, but now its time to buy one...do I have to expect problems with the upgrade version?
    With just a bit more effort, you can also do a clean install with the Win 8 Upgrade disc:

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    However, many valid opinions and concerns have been expressed in this thread so I guess you'll just have to weigh all the options and make a final decision. Good luck with that decision BTW. Cheers!
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    Thanks or the Informations!
    So I will wait of the official 8.1 and then buy Win8/8.1-Upgrade for a clean install...

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  10. #10


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Hi Sahara,

    It looks like Microsoft have announced some details of how the upgrades from Windows 7 to 8.1 will work and be priced (in the US at least).
    Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1

    The good news is that it looks very likely that Microsoft will sell you an ISO file, and there's no longer a separate upgrade version of Windows 8.1; the same product can be installed either on a brand new machine or VM, or upgrade from an earlier version.

    The bad news is that there's no introductory discount pricing for 8.1, at least in the US.
    Edit: I missed this in the blog post first time.
    More to come on Windows 8.1 including new devices and retail offers as we near October 18th!
    So maybe there will be a discounted price for a period after all? Perhaps worth waiting a little longer for more price info to emerge.

    Depending on pricing where you are, it may be cheaper to buy an Upgrade version of 8.0 now, and upgrade it for free to 8.1 later, but you lose the benefits of being able to do a clean install.
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