Mar 022015

Microsoft Windows 8 – Upgrade

Microsoft Windows 8 - Upgrade

  • Running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista? Then this is the upgrade to Windows 8
  • Customize your Start screen with Live Tiles
  • Startup quickly

Make your everyday computing experience pumped up to another level when you grab this newest OS installment from Microsoft. The Windows 8 OS now reinforced working with touchscreen devices and displays, allowing you to smoothly fire up apps, switch tabs, and execute complex commands. It delivers all-out desktop computing efficiency just like you other computers. It also sports improved hosts of security, user-interface and the like to make your computing experience even livelier. Buy this latest

List Price: $ 119.99

Price: $ 119.99

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade

  • Windows 7 Home Premium (includes 32-bit & 64-bit versions) makes it easy to create a home network.
  • And share all of your favorite photos, videos, and music–you can even watch, pause, rewind, and record TV
  • Start programs faster and more easily, and quickly find the documents you use most often
  • Make your web experience faster, easier and safer than ever with Internet Explorer 8
  • Easily create a home network and connect your PCs to a printer with HomeGroup
  • Make the things you do every day easier with improved desktop navigation

Offers a rich dynamic entertainment experience on your PCEasily create a home work and share all of your favorite photos videos and musicSpecify exactly what you want to share from each PC with all the PCs in the Home GroupWatch pause and rewind TV or record it to watch whenever and wherever you wantEasily change backgrounds window colors and sounds to reflect your personal style; can even turn your desktop into a slide show of your favorite photosGet impressive new features such as Web Slices w

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  1. 30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Windows 8: More is less, March 27, 2013
    Uncle Genie (Tucson, Arizona) –

    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 – Upgrade (Software)

    I’ve been struggling with Windows 8 for 25 days, since I bought a new mini-tower on 03/02/2013. I understand there were some significant technical and security upgrades to this edition of the Windows operating system. That’s all well and good, but at my level of operation—a daily, 14-16 hours, home user of email, internet and document (Word, Excel, Publisher) functions—it’s been a nightmare.

    A few specifics:
    Windows Mail, which I’ve been using for 10 years (partly in its earlier Outlook Express format) has been reduced to a kiddie version with loss of multiple functions, like sorting and creating sub-folders, and a dependence on web social nets for the creation of a contact list—no more simply adding a correspondent to your contacts or importing your old list from the earlier versions of Mail.

    Programs and functions that were standard with earlier versions have either disappeared or become additional cost options.

    Terminology (e.g., icons are sometimes referred to as “charms”), access and navigation all come in rainbow-hued and often dumbed-down formats and tied to a confusing plethora of new pop-up tool bars.

    There is a constant push to look to the internet (the “Store” is a prominent new feature) to download additional functions.

    Now, on the chance that I’m just dumb about all this, let me add this: over the last twenty or so years I’ve used Windows 3.0, 95, 98, 2000, XP, and Vista at home or at work—Windows 8 seems about as different as apples are to asparagus. So, if it’s just me, after two decades and six Windows editions, I have to wonder why I can’t figure it out any more.

    Here’s what I think, technical improvements aside: Windows has always been about user interface. User interface was the very essence of the original Windows concept and the hallmark of the franchise since the beginning. Until now. Windows 8 is more like a face-off. It is a fix of something that didn’t need fixing, Microsoft’s New Coke.

    I think I’ll load my old XP and buy an upgrade to 7.

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  2. 12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Sheer garbage, April 2, 2013
    Alan H. Kline

    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 – Upgrade (Software)

    Calling Windows 8 an “upgrade” is comical. While there are a few upgrades to the underlying operating system, the new “Modern” user interface is a horrible mishmash of bad graphic design and horrible human engineering. If you have a tablet or “convertible” system, or a desktop or laptop with a touchscreen, Windows 8 *might* be tolerable. If you don’t have a touchscreen, avoid Windows 8 like a bad social disease.

    Somehow, Microsoft thought it was an “improvement” to strip most of the personalization features out of the Win8 desktop, and replacing the start menu with the abominable start screen, on a PC, is unforgivable. It might work on a tablet, but tablet OS’s don’t belong on a PC.

    Stay with Windows 7. You’ll be happier. One star, but only because Amazon won’t allow zero.

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  3. 27 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Do Not Buy or Use Windows 8!!, March 10, 2013

    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 8 – Upgrade (Software)

    I would give Windows 8 no stars if I could. I bought what I thought would be a fabulous HP computer and found the software would not work, especially is when the cursor was spinning wildly around the screen and opening other tiles.

    First – Forget getting mail if you use POP or even IMAP (which takes a special tweak.) The mail tile will not accept POP addresses, only exchange ones, which means you have to buy Outlook, which no longer comes with Office Home & Student and that makes Office over $236 rather than $130. They offer Hot Mail or Yahoo accounts, but if you have your own domain, forget about it. You’re out of luck. Oh, and there’s a conflict with Google mail so don’t expect to be able to get Windows 8 & gmail to play nice. Isn’t it wonderful to be stuck in the middle of a @#$@# contest between Google & Microsoft?

    Second, most of the software you already own is going to be DOA on 8 so be prepared to buy everything new. Yeah, there are tiles for Kindle and Netflix and Norton, but they won’t work. And as for those of who use a computer to work, we’re left out in the cold with a OS that doesn’t know what it’s supposed to be doing, other than getting weather or news – which my Kindle Fire does much better.

    Third, if you buy one of the 8 touchscreen models, you get no hard drive space. MS wants to rent you space and rent you software, etc. I don’t mind upgrading software, but if I buy it, I don’t want to have to pay for it every year if I don’t need it. And as for privacy, forget about that, too. 8 sends info on everything you do to MS.

    Fourth, and finally, has anyone noticed that the Windows 7 computers now cost over $1,000 and the 8s cost less than $500? If you add it all up, by the time you put all the new software, etc. on the 8 you order, it will cost more than $2,000. Does Microsoft think we’re all idiots?

    There is a horrendous learning curve to 8 and I’ve been programming for over 20 years. If someone who can build a computer and program it can’t get 8 to work, what is the average person going to do?

    Don’t buy it. It’s Bob or those stupid paperclips all over again. Heavens, it’s enough to make me want to buy an Apple and I can’t tell you how much I dislike that company.

    Amazon, can you make us a real computer? I’d trust you.

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  4. 689 of 700 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Best if you Plan Ahead, November 1, 2009
    Pyanfar Chanur (USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

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    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (Software)

    Windows 7 Home Premium is the best version to choose for older machines and/or simpler networks. The “Backup” offered in 7 Pro can be done easily with free tools, and unless you need complex networking, 7 has what it takes to manage a home network. Last, the ‘XP Mode’ promised in 7 Pro and above will only work on hardware new enough to support “Virtualization Technology” (stop by Microsoft’s website to learn more). This isn’t the same as “XP Compatibility Mode”, which you will still have for all versions of Windows 7 (there’s a great video explanation of this on CNET’s website in their Windows 7 Center at CNET TV).

    Some very important things you need to know about upgrading:

    1) There are two types of upgrade: “in-place” (where a Vista machine upgrades to 7 and you get to keep all your programs) and “clean” (where you lose all your old programs and settings).
    2) Anyone going from XP to 7 will have to go “clean”.
    3) Anyone going from a different Vista to 7 (for example, Vista Home to 7 Pro, or Vista Ultimate to 7 Home) will also have to go “clean”.

    If you have to do 2) or 3), all is not lost–I’ll explain in a moment.

    Before you even buy 7 for your machine, stop by Microsoft’s website for two things:

    a) download and run the Windows 7 Upgrade Advisor. Run it with every device connected to the machine that you’ll ever want to use in 7. It’ll thoroughly examine your machine for any roadblocks and give you good advice about upgrading.
    b) Go to the Windows 7 Compatibility Center and double-check anything that came up negative in the Upgrade Advisor (or didn’t show up at all). This site lists detailed compatibility info on a LOT of different devices.

    Anything major, like a video card or sound card driver, I’d recommend double-checking with the manufacturer’s website to be sure. This almost burned me on two of the machines that I upgraded.

    Last, make a backup. There’s a free tool called Macrium Reflect that can do this for you.

    Do you have to do a “clean” install, but just want to carry over your user accounts and settings? Microsoft makes a program called Windows Easy Transfer that’s already in Vista (and can be downloaded from Microsoft for XP) that will export your accounts and settings and let you import them back again. It’s very easy to use and does a good job of putting your accounts back together again, even going from XP to 7.

    Do you have to do the “clean” install, and you don’t want to reinstall all your programs? Laplink has an offer for $19.95 that will let you use a special version of their program “PC Mover” to upgrade one machine one time. Read the documentation in detail.

    The most important thing to doing a “clean” install is that in the Upgrade setup you choose “Custom”. Windows will take all of your major files and place them in a folder called “Windows.old”. PC Mover and the Easy Transfer program will use this folder to reconstruct your system from, so this is VERY important.

    I wish I had more space to go into detail here…bottom line is, if you plan ahead a bit, upgrading to 7 will go very easily (and if it doesn’t, you’ll have something to fall back on).

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  5. 938 of 980 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Worth the Wait, October 22, 2009
    Just Anonymous (Georgia, USA) –
    (TOP 500 REVIEWER)

    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (Software)

    I’ll admit, I’ve been running Windows 7 for six months now: the preproduction version of it and have just upgraded to the gold code. So I have quite a bit of experience with the operating system. Let’s get to the nitty gritty:

    Should you upgrade from Windows Vista? YES! I mean it – upgrade today.
    Windows 7 is quite simply faster, more stable, boots faster, goes to sleep faster, comes back from sleep faster, manages your files better and on top of that it’s beautiful to look at and easy to use. Even the preproduction version of Windows 7 was better than my Vista with SP2.

    Should you upgrade from Windows XP? Maybe, but for different reasons.
    XP is a good operating system and if you don’t need to add new hardware or software, XP is good. However, XP is old as an operating system. Also chances are that if you’re running XP, you might not meet the minimum requirements for Windows 7 – check the compatibility site at Microsoft to see if your system will support Windows 7. That said, Windows 7 is light years ahead of Windows XP in terms of functionality, ease of use, etc – to me it’s worth buying a new system.

    64 bit or 32 bit?
    If you don’t know what I’m talking about, that’s ok skip this section. If you have a core2 duo or core 2 quad or a multi cpu machine, go with the 64 bit OS, it handles memory and the CPUs much better. If you have a single core CPU, one CPU or run special programs that require 32bit, then stick with 32 bit for now.

    I recommend you have:
    -a core 2 duo or core 2 quad machine
    -4gig of RAM (That’s about $50 in today’s market)
    -good hard drive with (200 gig – it doesn’t need that much but that’s another $50)
    -back up your files to a USB drive like Western Digital My Passport Essential 500 GB USB 2.0 Portable External Hard Drive WDME5000TN (Midnight Black)
    -check to make sure your computer is compatible with Windows 7

    Installation was very straight forward. You put in the CD and reboot your machine. You might have to enter your bios and enable the “boot from CD” option. Once the machine reboots a nice screen comes up to guide you through the installation. You have the option to upgrade your PC or do a clean installation. I did an upgrade and it brought in all of my files and settings from my windows Vista system. It worked great.
    The upgrade did take about 2 hours for me so definitely consider.
    I noticed that early on in the installation the operating system went out to Microsoft’s site to look for the latest and greatest updates, so I think this should help Microsoft respond quickly to any hiccups with compatibility.

    The driver from my old HP Inkjet printer for 2001 doesn’t work on Windows 7 so there are some things that will not transition. I had to use a generic HP driver which doesn’t give me the quality that I got from an injet – so overall, I’m up and running with that printer but I’m degraded on the inkjet front. That said, I recently upgraded to a HP CP2025DN Color LaserJet Printer that I love so no real loss there. I’ll likely pick up a cheap inkjet for the occasional photo that I might need to print. Everything else upgraded.

    -faster boot time
    -faster go to sleep
    -faster wakeup
    -faster about 20% to 30% faster at running applications than my Vista – seriously (but those are my results without any benchmarks or anything like that, just seeing how fast Adobe Illustrator loads, and how fast all the applications respond)
    -joining wireless networks is much easier
    -the interface is just plain beautiful
    -my wallpapers are now a slideshow that can be set to change every few minutes (I’m not stuck with the same picture)
    -Gadgets – these are wonderful little small applications that you can drag onto your desktop. I have a weather gadget and a calendar gadget on my desktop that tell me
    -Better taskbar management – hovering over the taskbar icons shows me mini windows of what’s running
    -Better file management – I can organize my files into Libraries that are sortable not only by type but by folder or other data. It’s great! I can browse through my presentations or illustrator files!
    -Windows Media appears to be smoother which I love.
    -You get some virus protection and firewall with Windows 7 but consider something more comprehensive like McAfee Total Protection 3User

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  6. 458 of 524 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Questionable for Vista, consideration for XP, October 27, 2009
    Robert L. Estes (Nashville, TN USA) –

    This review is from: Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Upgrade (Software)

    I have now installed this on 3 Vista computers, and I must say that the result is underwhelming. By now, we can expect computer journalists to hype any Windows release; and to certain extent they are right – 7 does work better, but not that much better or differently from Vista if you have installed all updates and security releases from Microsoft. I had to uninstall anti-virus and selected other programs, some of which did not have listings in the “Programs and Features” Control Panel section. All of my upgrades took 2 to 3 hours; journalists claiming 45 minute upgrade times must not have had many programs installed on their computers. Once programs identified as potential problems had been removed, the upgrades completed uneventfully; and it works OK once installed.

    Value-wise, I think that the single computer upgrade is a loser for Vista users at current price levels. If you have two or more computers, the Home Premium 3-computer “family” upgrade is borderline. I will pass judgement on XP once I upgrade my one remaining XP computer. Honestly, this is what should have been the Vista release; so we have paid top dollar for Vista, then close to top dollar for an incremental upgrade. Meanwhile, Apple is charging $29 for the OS X Snow Leopard upgrade ($49 for 5 computers!). That’s probably the right price for this Win 7 upgrade. If users ignore the hype and wait a bit, I suspect that the price for single computer upgrades may drop like a rock.

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