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(Gizmodo)   Last day for you to get that bootleg copy of Windows 7 and XP off your PC for a $15-40 legit version of Windows 8   (gizmodo.com) divider line 199
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2013-01-31 03:26:32 PM
Too good to pass up.  Especially since Win8 Pro gives you the license to downgrade to Win7, or run it with client Hyper-V.  I think the upgrade option even worked from the free consumer preview version of Win8.
 
2013-01-31 03:29:36 PM
 
2013-01-31 03:31:45 PM
My Windows 7 laptop is barely two years old. I'm not going to "upgrade" to 8 anytime soon, and by the time I do I'll bet they'll almost be ready to release Windows 10.

To that extent, $15-$40 is still more than I want to spend on Windows 8.
 
2013-01-31 03:37:01 PM

syrynxx: Too good to pass up.  Especially since Win8 Pro gives you the license to downgrade to Win7, or run it with client Hyper-V.  I think the upgrade option even worked from the free consumer preview version of Win8.


How does that work? Do you need to install 8 and then downgrade or is it possible to install off my Win7 Pro DVD and then use the Win8 Pro license?
 
2013-01-31 03:39:39 PM
I think the XP box I built a few months ago to play Fallout 3/NV wouldn't play those games under 8. At least not as well as it has been.
 
2013-01-31 03:42:08 PM

Donnchadha: To that extent, $15-$40 is still more than I want to spend on Windows 8.


I recommended it to a friend not so much for Win8, but for the 'Pro' aspect.  She got a system with 32GB of RAM and only has Win7 Home on it.  Win7 Home only supports 16GB of RAM.  Pro also supports Remote Desktop, which is nice for me since I have a computer running my email fat client at the other end of the house.  I can remote into it and keep all my mail in the same place.  I am not at all a fan of the Metro UI, but as the headline says, this is a legal upgrade with an incredible amount of leeway as to what you're upgrading from.  I think it's also possible to legally upgrade from the free Consumer Release that came out last February:

To install the Windows 8 Pro upgrade, your PC must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview. If your PC is running Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview, your files, apps, and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows XP or Windows Vista, you'll need to reinstall your apps.

That was from my link which works if you copy the literal URL into a browser, but somehow seems to have been converted to an "update your browser" hyperlink.  Weird.
 
2013-01-31 03:43:20 PM
I'm quite satisfied with my LEGAL version of Windows 7 64-bit.  If Windows 8 was offered for free, I'd still say no.
 
2013-01-31 03:45:42 PM

Gig103: How does that work?


I'm not quite sure - I know that MSFT does as little as possible to encourage this.  They say it's legal, but you're entirely on your own to obtain the Win7 media.  I can't see how a Win8 license key would work if you happened to get a copy of Win7 install media somehow.  I don't work for MSFT at the moment but I used to and may again, so I'm not under any NDA but I also only have the same resources for info that anyone else does.
 
2013-01-31 03:53:33 PM
pass
 
2013-01-31 03:58:00 PM
That assumes I'd want to "upgrade" to Windows 8 to begin with.
 
wee [TotalFark]
2013-01-31 04:02:54 PM
As someone who was forced to spend an hour working with Windows Server 2012, don't farking bother.
 
2013-01-31 04:16:36 PM

gopher321: I'm quite satisfied with my LEGAL version of Windows 7 64-bit.  If Windows 8 was offered for free, I'd still say no.


Same here.
 
2013-01-31 04:20:26 PM

wee: As someone who was forced to spend an hour working with Windows Server 2012, don't farking bother.


Don't tell me they have "tiles" for a f*cking server OS... :/

/hasn't had the "fortune" to deal with Server 2012 yet
 
2013-01-31 04:22:58 PM
i'll pass
 
2013-01-31 04:23:52 PM
Why would I pay $15-$40 to make my PC practically unusable?
 
2013-01-31 04:24:15 PM
i.imgur.com
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2013-01-31 04:28:40 PM
I am typing this on Windows 8 right now.  It's not bad.  I don't see a huge difference from Windows 7. I guess I don't see that compelling reason to upgrade from Windows 7, but I was building a new pc.
 
2013-01-31 04:29:19 PM
1. d/l bootleg Win7
2. pay $15 for Win8
3. "downgrade" to Win7
4. Win.

Win8 is a non-entity.  It serves no legitimate purpose whatsoever.
And if M$ had a brain in their heads, they would just charge $15 for their OS to begin with.  If they did, nobody would bootleg it and everyone would use it.
 
2013-01-31 04:29:53 PM

xanadian: wee: As someone who was forced to spend an hour working with Windows Server 2012, don't farking bother.

Don't tell me they have "tiles" for a f*cking server OS... :/

/hasn't had the "fortune" to deal with Server 2012 yet


Here's the odd thing: They added Metro to server (stupid), but it's better implemented than Windows 8 (even more stupid). It's not as invasive as 8's Metro and doesn't trip me up nearly as much. It's still batshiat insane that they foisted it on server, though.
 
2013-01-31 04:30:08 PM

gopher321: I'm quite satisfied with my LEGAL version of Windows 7 64-bit.  If Windows 8 was offered for free, I'd still say no.


This.

Not even if they paid me.
 
2013-01-31 04:32:05 PM

xanadian: That assumes I'd want to "upgrade" to Windows 8 to begin with.


Yeah, exactly.  I've essentially stopped using the word "upgrade".  I'll say "update", but "upgrade" implies improvement, and I have to be convinced of that first.
 
2013-01-31 04:33:46 PM
I went from Vista x86 to Windows 8 x64, so I did a shiat to newer, 64 bit shiat upgrade.  It actually runs really well.  The aesthetic takes a bit getting used to and I installed StartIsBack as soon as it was up and running, but I'm actually happy with it, thus far.
 
2013-01-31 04:33:57 PM

amundb: Why would I pay $15-$40 to make my PC practically unusable?

tromoticons.files.wordpress.com

Not "practically unusable" in any, way shape or form.
I set up a friend's laptop, IIRC it took 2 clicks to get at the traditional desktop and that was enough to get the basics running for her.

/sticking with 7 as long as I can.
 
2013-01-31 04:35:46 PM
Windows 8 can suck my dick.
 
2013-01-31 04:36:52 PM

mainstreet62: Windows 8 can suck my dick.


Well, that's a reason to upgrade.
 
2013-01-31 04:37:28 PM
On one hand, continue running with great, working OS.

On other hand, pay any amount of money to upgrade to crappy, universally panned OS.

wat?
 
2013-01-31 04:38:59 PM
Too good to pass up.  Especially since Win8 Pro gives you the license to downgrade to Win7, or run it with client Hyper-V.

Looks like they found a way to boost Win8 sales figures
 
2013-01-31 04:40:53 PM
So as a gamer I have to ask: is exclusive DirectX 11.1 worth Win8 or should I stick with the slightly smaller bloat of Win7?
 
2013-01-31 04:42:58 PM
Microsoft, please stop treating a desktop PC like a mobile pad, and you'll win back the windows 95 to win 7 users.
You could have met us in the middle and kept the start bar, but you didn't.
You could have met us in the middle and not changed for change's sake, but you didn't.
Get back to computers, stop trying to rip off apple's own ripoffs, and be your nerdy accountant bad-boy self.
 
2013-01-31 04:43:22 PM

MightyPez: xanadian: wee: As someone who was forced to spend an hour working with Windows Server 2012, don't farking bother.

Don't tell me they have "tiles" for a f*cking server OS... :/

/hasn't had the "fortune" to deal with Server 2012 yet

Here's the odd thing: They added Metro to server (stupid), but it's better implemented than Windows 8 (even more stupid). It's not as invasive as 8's Metro and doesn't trip me up nearly as much. It's still batshiat insane that they foisted it on server, though.



you want insane..
ponder this for a momnet..

Major componet of server 2012 is power shell.
Power shell is basicly a very powerfull scripting for command line.

so why are you putting a touch screen interface on a command line system?
 
2013-01-31 04:44:00 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: [i.imgur.com image 530x413]
[i.imgur.com image 430x350]


I love how the argument for Windows 8 has now come down to "WELL YOU'RE JUST AFRAID OF CHANGE DURR~!"

It's an incremental upgrade at best, with a UI that's half-baked for tablets, and complete shiat for desktops, slathered on top.  Why would <I>anybody</I> want that kind of "change"?
 
2013-01-31 04:44:18 PM

syrynxx: I recommended it to a friend not so much for Win8, but for the 'Pro' aspect.  She got a system with 32GB of RAM and only has Win7 Home on it.  Win7 Home only supports 16GB of RAM.


I still don't understand that limitation. There's no reason to limit the amount of accessible RAM beyond the underlying architecture of the OS. I'm not a mindless MS hater, but that's just dumb.
 
2013-01-31 04:45:27 PM

mainstreet62: Windows 8 can suck my dick.


OK, so I must have missed that hot key combo, care to share?
 
2013-01-31 04:47:10 PM

NotARocketScientist: Too good to pass up.  Especially since Win8 Pro gives you the license to downgrade to Win7, or run it with client Hyper-V.

Looks like they found a way to boost Win8 sales figures


Here is a article on how to do it http://lifehacker.com/5974318/downgrade-your-new-windows-8-computer-t o -windows-7-for-free?utm_source=gawker.com&utm_medium=recirculation&utm _campaign=recirculation
/Average users might not even care to do it
 
2013-01-31 04:48:36 PM

HeartBurnKid: drjekel_mrhyde: [i.imgur.com image 530x413]
[i.imgur.com image 430x350]

I love how the argument for Windows 8 has now come down to "WELL YOU'RE JUST AFRAID OF CHANGE DURR~!"

It's an incremental upgrade at best, with a UI that's half-baked for tablets, and complete shiat for desktops, slathered on top.  Why would <I>anybody</I> want that kind of "change"?


What's wrong with using it on a desktop?
 
2013-01-31 04:49:51 PM

SDRR: mainstreet62: Windows 8 can suck my dick.

OK, so I must have missed that hot key combo, care to share?


hold alt ctrl and hit the keys 8====D~O. I think you need their extra keyboard though.
 
2013-01-31 04:51:26 PM

Mcavity: you want insane..
ponder this for a momnet..

Major componet of server 2012 is power shell.
Power shell is basicly a very powerfull scripting for command line.

so why are you putting a touch screen interface on a command line system?


It gets even worse when you device to run Server Core and need to make use of remote utilities...
 
2013-01-31 04:52:09 PM

casual disregard: syrynxx: I recommended it to a friend not so much for Win8, but for the 'Pro' aspect.  She got a system with 32GB of RAM and only has Win7 Home on it.  Win7 Home only supports 16GB of RAM.

I still don't understand that limitation. There's no reason to limit the amount of accessible RAM beyond the underlying architecture of the OS. I'm not a mindless MS hater, but that's just dumb.


They've always done weird things like that,like when they limited XP Home to one socket only even though the underlying code is the same as Pro. Ditch the outsell and just have one version that has everything available, giving the user the option to remove parts they don't need or want, like Media Center on a corporate system.
 
2013-01-31 04:52:23 PM

syrynxx: I recommended it to a friend not so much for Win8, but for the 'Pro' aspect.


I guess that's a legitimate reason -- I got 64 bit 7 Pro on my laptop to start and really wouldn't have considered "home" or any other lesser version. I forget that some people don't think that way.
 
2013-01-31 04:52:28 PM
How about "NO."  Win8 needs to die a slow agonizing death and be replaced by something people actually want and that isn't designed with the specific stated- even bragged about- intent to screw developers.

/former rabid MS fanboi
//learning all sorts of new technologies these days
///still not willing to check the "I like-like you" box on the note that Apple sent me
 
2013-01-31 04:53:33 PM

syrynxx: Too good to pass up.  Especially since Win8 Pro gives you the license to downgrade to Win7, or run it with client Hyper-V.  I think the upgrade option even worked from the free consumer preview version of Win8.


I don't think downgrade rights apply to upgrades. They apply to retail full, oem, and volume license last I checked.
 
2013-01-31 04:56:02 PM

amundb: Why would I pay $15-$40 to make my PC practically unusable?


Oh no, 90% of the OS is the same, it is faster, safer and has some really nice cloud integration but fark that the start menu changed that I barely used anyway on a desktop cause of pinning so it is unusable.
 
2013-01-31 04:56:26 PM
I will never get over the amazing, ignorance-fueled mass psychosis against this OS.
 
2013-01-31 04:58:09 PM
win8 noob question here.  If this OS has been designed to work well with tablets etc, does that mean that the OS has been streamlined a bit to run on lesser hardware?  Could it be a slight performance upgrade in return for the shiathouse UI?

/Still haven't even seen win8 in the wild.
 
2013-01-31 04:58:17 PM
does going from windows 7 to 8 offer any advantage to video gaming?  right now windows 7 is able to use all the memory and whatever that's on my computer.
 
2013-01-31 05:00:32 PM

drjekel_mrhyde: HeartBurnKid: drjekel_mrhyde: [i.imgur.com image 530x413]
[i.imgur.com image 430x350]

I love how the argument for Windows 8 has now come down to "WELL YOU'RE JUST AFRAID OF CHANGE DURR~!"

It's an incremental upgrade at best, with a UI that's half-baked for tablets, and complete shiat for desktops, slathered on top.  Why would <I>anybody</I> want that kind of "change"?

What's wrong with using it on a desktop?


You cannot boot directly to desktop mode
There is no visual indicator of how to bring up the application launcher (Metro/Start Screen) in desktop mode (i.e. Start button or Windows flag button)
There is no visual indicator of how to bring up the Charms bar
There is no indicator of what items in the Charms bar actually pertain to the app you're using
The application launcher that used to come up discreetly in the corner of the screen now takes up the full screen, breaking your workflow with no appreciable benefit
Tiles for installed apps are strewn haphazardly across Metro without rhyme or reason
The "Shut down" function is hopelessly obscured
Metro apps are nowhere near as simple to multitask as traditional Windows apps
Some desktop settings are only changeable through Metro
Some Metro settings are only changeable through the desktop

And that's just the obvious issues.
 
2013-01-31 05:01:46 PM

casual disregard: So as a gamer I have to ask: is exclusive DirectX 11.1 worth Win8 or should I stick with the slightly smaller bloat of Win7?


Consider the vast horde of poor bastards still running winXP as a gaming platform which makes the target directX9 at max and the number of games with exclusive DX11 engine based games can be counted with one's anus...no, not at all.  Avoid the stillborn mess and wait for 9.  DirectX advancements are constantly touted but again, until the XP truly dies off no sane engine will be exclusive DX10+.
 
2013-01-31 05:01:58 PM

pute kisses like a man: does going from windows 7 to 8 offer any advantage to video gaming?  right now windows 7 is able to use all the memory and whatever that's on my computer.


You can only get the latest DX under windows 8. It also fully supports SSD drives, latest processor features, etc, etc.

So if you have a older machine probably not but if you have the latest hardware yes.
 
2013-01-31 05:02:13 PM

SJKebab: win8 noob question here.  If this OS has been designed to work well with tablets etc, does that mean that the OS has been streamlined a bit to run on lesser hardware?  Could it be a slight performance upgrade in return for the shiathouse UI?

/Still haven't even seen win8 in the wild.


Some people do see a slight improvement in boot times and general function on older hardware. It's not hugely different than 7, but if you need a legit key or want to come up from Vista or XP, I'd go for it. The Start Menu is really unobtrusive and not that big of a problem once you start using it overall.

pute kisses like a man: does going from windows 7 to 8 offer any advantage to video gaming?  right now windows 7 is able to use all the memory and whatever that's on my computer.


Well, Windows 8 didn't go backwards on supporting your RAM or anything, if that's what you mean. I game on it all of the time, and it all seems to work flawlessly, but I wouldn't upgrade from 7 to 8 for gaming needs. Not a huge performance difference.
 
2013-01-31 05:02:32 PM
I just downloaded this. It works great. I can't wait to
 
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