Windows 8 "Core" *OR* Pro Retail Upgrade $69.99 Newegg

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If you have a .edu address, you should probably check with your school first. You may be able to get a better deal.
 

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I bought a lot of these upgrade keys for $15 for Windows 8 Pro ( which also allow a full fresh install ) back when Microsoft had this deal. So far I've only used one key ..... for obvious reasons.

I've sold maybe 22 - 23 systems in the last few months. mostly lower end but none of the customers wanted Windows 8. I did sell a handful of Windows 8 PC's right after Windows 8 launched.
 

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I bought a lot of these upgrade keys for $15 for Windows 8 Pro ( which also allow a full fresh install ) back when Microsoft had this deal. So far I've only used one key ..... for obvious reasons.

I've sold maybe 22 - 23 systems in the last few months. mostly lower end but none of the customers wanted Windows 8. I did sell a handful of Windows 8 PC's right after Windows 8 launched.
Cool story bro.
 

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I'm forcing myself to become familiar with windows 8 through daily use on my primary machine. I hate it
 

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Just use Metro as a Start menu replacement, can ignore and remove tablet specific tiles. Everything else mostly the same interface/use wise. I much prefer this to the old start menu and have grown to like Windows 8.
 

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I use win8 + start8 on my laptop. It is ok most of the time, but i still find bugs that windows 7 didn't have and there are some annoyances.
 

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I'm forcing myself to become familiar with windows 8 through daily use on my primary machine. I hate it

Doing the same because it seems our IT dept at work's entire compendium of knowledge regarding how to handle problems is "Turn it off and use another machine, and here's your service ticket number". Then someone comes down and takes the machine away, and a few days later another one is brought in to take it's place, often an older computer that's filled with dust. If you want to get anything fixed, you'd better know how to do it yourself. It's a wonder we're still in business. Eventually we're going to have to use it, so might as well get used to it.
 

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This is the hotdeals section, not general mayhem. Please take it somewhere else. (Just saying this before we start getting into a full blown Win8 thread here.) To the OP, if I needed I another copy I would definitely pick up Pro upgrade, thank you for the heads up.
 

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I'm forcing myself to become familiar with windows 8 through daily use on my primary machine. I hate it

I have been playing around with Blue (8.1) The subtle changes made all of the difference for me. I am not looking back.
 

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Not out yet end of this month. Yes its free.

Unless Microsoft changed the release dates, the RTM is August but that does not mean general availability to the general public. OEMs will likely get the RTM code this month, TechNET/MSDN possibly this month, Sept/Oct general release. Like I said, unless Microsoft has changed their schedule.
 

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My school is still selling windows 8 upgrade for $15 or for free if we download, so I would check with your school to see if they have better pricing.
 

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I use 8 on my work PC and it's complete garbage. They basically took 7 and jammed every useless feature they could think of down its throat. It's an abomination with no direction or grace.

The only reason I use it over 7 is because I'm literally paid to use it.
 

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My school is still selling windows 8 upgrade for $15 or for free if we download, so I would check with your school to see if they have better pricing.

Is that through Dreamspark or your campus book store or what? I get nothin. :mad:
 

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I have a Surface Pro and Windows 8 is mostly fine in a touchscreen tablet form. My future in-laws have a regular laptop with Windows 8 and its pretty terrible. The most frustrating thing for them is when they end up in one of the Metro apps that does not have an exit button and they end up rebooting the machine just to exit an application. For example, if you are in web-based email, open a pdf attachment (which opens a Metro reader), how do you get back to where you were? In old Windows, you just pressed the X in the upper right corner and you were back. Is Microsoft expecting you to hover bottom left (essentially alt+tab) to go back to your previous program, or press the start button and then navigate back to where you were? It is totally un-intuitive and frustrating for the technologically timid. The whole concept of "hover on the side" or corner to essentially press a button you cannot see and would other not know existed is terrible. The young and technologically savvy will learn and adapt; for the rest it is nearly unusable.
 

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I have a Surface Pro and Windows 8 is mostly fine in a touchscreen tablet form. My future in-laws have a regular laptop with Windows 8 and its pretty terrible. The most frustrating thing for them is when they end up in one of the Metro apps that does not have an exit button and they end up rebooting the machine just to exit an application. For example, if you are in web-based email, open a pdf attachment (which opens a Metro reader), how do you get back to where you were? In old Windows, you just pressed the X in the upper right corner and you were back. Is Microsoft expecting you to hover bottom left (essentially alt+tab) to go back to your previous program, or press the start button and then navigate back to where you were? It is totally un-intuitive and frustrating for the technologically timid. The whole concept of "hover on the side" or corner to essentially press a button you cannot see and would other not know existed is terrible. The young and technologically savvy will learn and adapt; for the rest it is nearly unusable.

I just started using the windows 8.1 preview and I had the same problem. Sometimes I accidentally bring up the metro version of windows update and I end up alt-tabbing out because there's no apparent way to close the stupid thing.

Win 8.1 is pretty good, you just have to spend several hours tweaking it.
 

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For example, if you are in web-based email, open a pdf attachment (which opens a Metro reader), how do you get back to where you were? In old Windows, you just pressed the X in the upper right corner and you were back

To close a metro app, you just grab the top of the screen (it'll turn into a hand) and drag it to the center of the screen.
 

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To close a metro app, you just grab the top of the screen (it'll turn into a hand) and drag it to the center of the screen.

They cannot seem to grasp the concept of using the edges of the screen. If it is not a button they can see and click, the functionality may as well not even exist.
 

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They cannot seem to grasp the concept of using the edges of the screen. If it is not a button they can see and click, the functionality may as well not even exist.

The point is that's not a mouse interface. It would obviously work better on a touchscreen.
 

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The point is that's not a mouse interface. It would obviously work better on a touchscreen.

The point is, it's different, and people don't like different. It works fine as an interface with a mouse, just not the way we like it to be because every other desktop OS does it differently.
 

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I usually get out by spamming Alt+F4. Though with today's generation that is also unintuitive

Eventually, I ignore or delete those tiles
 

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The point is, it's different, and people don't like different. It works fine as an interface with a mouse, just not the way we like it to be because every other desktop OS does it differently.

The point is, just because its different doesn't mean its better.

Windows 8 wasn't built focused on desktop users, even though that is Microsoft's bread and butter. They tried to put a tablet OS on the desktop to create a market for Metro apps, in hopes of benefitting their position in phones and tablets. Failed. Proof? Windows 7 is still *gaining* marketshare, the first time that's ever happened to a prior version of Windows after a new one was released.

Problem is, people don't buy PCs to help Microsoft achieve Microsoft's financial goals. They buy them to do what they need them to do.
 
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I have a Surface Pro and Windows 8 is mostly fine in a touchscreen tablet form. My future in-laws have a regular laptop with Windows 8 and its pretty terrible. The most frustrating thing for them is when they end up in one of the Metro apps that does not have an exit button and they end up rebooting the machine just to exit an application. For example, if you are in web-based email, open a pdf attachment (which opens a Metro reader), how do you get back to where you were? In old Windows, you just pressed the X in the upper right corner and you were back. Is Microsoft expecting you to hover bottom left (essentially alt+tab) to go back to your previous program, or press the start button and then navigate back to where you were? It is totally un-intuitive and frustrating for the technologically timid. The whole concept of "hover on the side" or corner to essentially press a button you cannot see and would other not know existed is terrible. The young and technologically savvy will learn and adapt; for the rest it is nearly unusable.

100% agree!

The OS is terrible. My sister who likes simple tech said Windows 8 was awful and unintuitive after trying to teach my dad how to use it. She's not a computer person but picked picked up android OS on her Samsung tablet without missing a beat. Microsoft failed miserably at creating an intuitive tablet OS that migrates with ease to a mouse interface. I understand their goal of a unified OS - but they clearly missed the mark. It's not just that it's different -its that is unbelievably unintuitive with a desktop machine and mouse.

Here's hoping they salvage the effort with 8.1. They were able to salvage Vista and make it a usable OS over its life cycle. By the time windiws 7 came out Vista was darn near the same thing, and everyone loved win7. Remember how much people hated Vista at first?
 

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100% agree!

The OS is terrible. My sister who likes simple tech said Windows 8 was awful and unintuitive after trying to teach my dad how to use it. She's not a computer person but picked picked up android OS on her Samsung tablet without missing a beat. Microsoft failed miserably at creating an intuitive tablet OS that migrates with ease to a mouse interface. I understand their goal of a unified OS - but they clearly missed the mark. It's not just that it's different -its that is unbelievably unintuitive with a desktop machine and mouse.

Here's hoping they salvage the effort with 8.1. They were able to salvage Vista and make it a usable OS over its life cycle. By the time windiws 7 came out Vista was darn near the same thing, and everyone loved win7. Remember how much people hated Vista at first?

What is this hovering BS you guys are speaking of? You go to the lower or upper left corner and you immediately click. Also you quickly swipe to the upper or lower right to bring up the charms bar.

iOS and Android are not automatically intuitive. You Cabot even go back in iOS but you have to go to the home screen first. All the points you guys made are either personal preferences or misinformation. (I never hover.)
 

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I bought a lot of these upgrade keys for $15 for Windows 8 Pro ( which also allow a full fresh install ) back when Microsoft had this deal. So far I've only used one key ..... for obvious reasons.

I've sold maybe 22 - 23 systems in the last few months. mostly lower end but none of the customers wanted Windows 8. I did sell a handful of Windows 8 PC's right after Windows 8 launched.

TLDR???
 
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Just use Metro as a Start menu replacement, can ignore and remove tablet specific tiles. Everything else mostly the same interface/use wise. I much prefer this to the old start menu and have grown to like Windows 8.

This. I actually prefer Metro over the old way, once I got used to it.

99% of the time, I don't leave my Metro start screen when starting apps, and that last 1% of the time, it takes me a few seconds more, no big thing.
 
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