Windows 8 on sale for $70 at Best Buy....

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    why is this so cheap? Are there different versions of 8? All I want to know is if I can buy this for $70 and bootcamp without needing prior versions. I just want to play a few games, windows is near useless to me other than that so I don't want to spend a bunch of money
     
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    so I can buy 8 and do a bootcamp? I have a new MBP so XP and Vista wont work. I also don't have Win7.
     
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    IMHO Windows 7 is the better option here, why buy Windows 8 if you only use it for gaming, you will get annoyed by the start screen in W8.
    I saw Click(BBC program on electronics) and there was quite a bit of Criticism on W8.
     
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    Correct you would have buy the copy from target since you can't upgrade because you don't have any previous version of windows.
     
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    just get confused on upgrade vs regular and what previous systems needed to be installed....I had XP on my 08 MBP but it won't work on my new MBP.
     
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    I just tried out win8 at best buy and think it is the worst os ever. Win7 is way better, but osx is the best
     
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    Then you should ask if it is a full install, I think it should be but not too familiar with upgrades on the windows side, I thought they always were full install, guess I am(was)wrong.

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    Depends on the version, it wasn't the best when they released OS X and Lion and Mountain Lion seems to be buggy as well.

    W8 is not the worst, Windows Me was the worst and Vista.
    But, I think W8 won't be a big one either, lots of inconsistencies.
     
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    I've been using Windows 8 since Friday night and haven't seen the start screen much at all. If it comes up, I click Desktop and it goes away. It acts somewhat like Launchpad on OS X.
     
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    Yes but Launchpad is not in the way when you start up, nor is it a critical part of OS X.

    Haven't used W8 so I might be wrong, seems awkward to me.
     
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    When Windows 8 launches, their new start thingie comes up. I click "Desktop" on it and never see it again.
     
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    Here's the deal as I understand it so far.

    • There are far fewer versions of W8. Pro seems to be the mainstream one.
    • Downloaded upgrade costs $40 straight from Microsoft. Previous version required
    • Retail upgrades to Pro are $70 (as BestBuy or NewEgg). Previous version required.
    • OEM now is the "right" version to buy if you don't have a previous license to upgrade from. Here "Pro" is $139, while "Standard" is $99
    • The "Pro Pack" is the upgrade from W8 to W8Pro.

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