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Windows 8 has been released today and for a limited time they are discounting the online download upgrade. I admit, it's quite a bit different to anything Windows has been in the past, but for the price you can't argue to much plus it upgrades from XP unlike Windows 7 which didn't.
Hardware requirements aren't to heavy either so you could run it on many of the computers purchased back in 2007.
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You will find XP will have no backup, so it makes sense to upgrade to Windows 8.
My view is if it ain't broke then don't fix it. If XP works fine for you then don't risk an upgrade. You'd have the hassle of finding new drivers for printers, scanners etc too and might find they don't exist yet.
If you've got Vista and find things are slow then consider the upgrade.
£24.99 is a steal.
But I wonder how many security issues will be found in the first few months.
I agree with Chris.
I'm still quite happily running XP on my few-years-old Dell without any inherent problems.
I've got XP on a re-installation disc with copies of all of the drivers. In a worst case scenario, I can have it formatted and up and running again in a couple of hours. I know that because it's happened!
I'm not sure that I'd be able to do that with '8.' Not yet anyway.
It might be worth buying the upgrade and hanging on to it though.
Quote: But I wonder how many security issues will be found in the first few months.
maybe the same amount found in the early release of Windows 7
We did a fresh install of their release candidate in the office a couple of months ago and had no problems. It actually did it within 1 hour and was a much easier process to go through. Best of all, it had all the drivers it needed for all the hardware already so didn't have any need to hunt down drivers. It was one of the easiest OS installs I have experienced.
No doubt there will be security holes, but they all do, including XP.
I would read up as much as you can before moving from AP to Win8. It is a mix of an OS in the fact that it really is designed to run using touch screens, using a keyboard and mouse is not so easy plus I think a few of the short cut keys have ben removed.
As someone else pointed out there will be no upgrade route from XP you have to trash your system and fresh install Win8.
How do I know?
Been using it for the last couple of month on test system.
If adobe applications have been validated on the old XP install, it say you will need to reinstall them - i think you need to prepare you XP copy of adobe apps to be reinstalled by advising adobe of this.
If you running Win7, then it says that your installed apps will "easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro" i wonder if this means that you won't need to reregister with adobe?
No Upgrade route from XP?
Where did you read this? Pretty much everywhere I have read there is upgrade route from xp to win8:
Yes, you may need to re-install some of the programs, but your files and settings will still all be there.
It is designed for primarily touch screens, but haven't found any problems using a mouse and keyboard as I quickly picked up that you can do alot of the same genstures with a mouse and a click or a scroll wheel.
Each to their own, I would recommend the upgrade if you can other may not. Up to you really
Would a wacom pen and tablet reproduce the gestures as it you were on a touch screen?
Quote: You'd have the hassle of finding new drivers for printers, scanners etc too and might find they don't exist yet.
Not sure about that Chris - from what I read if you run the upgrade assistant it checks all those compatibility issues before it does the upgrade. i don't think the driver model has changed much so support on Windows8 Pro shouldn't be too bad.
If I get some spare time i might do a 7-8 upgrade at the weekend for a laugh.
Does anyone know how long this offer's going to last?
I still think that Chris has a point and I was going to hold fire until SP1 surfaced but if I can be convinced that it will all work after the change, I might just be tempted.
Also, there's the question of it being an 'upgrade.'
When '7' came along there was a lot of talk on here about the benefits of doing a fresh installation as opposed to upgrading (and I can see the sense in that). Apparently it was possible to do either from the same disc.
Is that likely to be an option with this deal?
Quote: Does anyone know how long this offer's going to last?
This offer runs up until the end of January 2013. though if you paid the extr £20 for disks you could use them whenever you like
The answers to my questions above.
The article's aimed at upgrading from '7' but I think that upgrading from Xp/Vista will take you down much the same road.
Evidently it is possible to do a fresh instal, which would be my favoured route.
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