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Windows® 8 Pro, Upgrade, Traditional Disc Item # 331612

Windows® 8 Pro, Upgrade, Traditional Disc
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    Reimagined to be a reflection of you — for tablets and PCs
    • Make your Start screen your personalized home for things you care about.  Organize and customize the way you want.
    • Internet Explorer 10 is fast, fluid, and perfect for touch. 
    • Live Tiles provide real-time updated from your Facebook, Twitter and email accounts. 
    • Try thousands of amazing apps before you buy at the Windows Store. 
    • Mail, Calendar, Messaging, Photos and SkyDrive are all built in. 
    • Advanced data protection with BitLocker. 
    • Stay connected with remote access to your PC when you're on-the-go. 
    • Connect to company networks. 
    • This product is an upgrade (packaged DVD) to Windows 8 Pro for your PC running Windows 7, Windows Vista or Windows XP SP3.  Check system requirements to ensure your PC can be upgraded to Windows 8. Purchase of Windows 8 Pro Pack is necessary to upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC.

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    version 2012
    release date 08/31/12
    minimum processor compatibility 1.0GHz
    memory requirements 1 GB
    minimum hard disk space 16 GB
    minimum resolution required 1024 x 768
    software type DVD
    brand name Microsoft
    publisher Microsoft

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    Get more. Right from the Start.

    • Update your Windows 8 PC to Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store when available.

    Product Q&A

    • Does Windows have the apps I want?
    • Right out of the box, Windows 8.1 comes with apps to do all the basics and a lot more. There are apps to stay in touch, save your files to the cloud, and keep track of your photos and videos in new and easy ways.

       

      Plus, you can visit the Windows store to choose from over 100,000 apps for games, music, news, weather, and entertainment, to just name a few. 

    • Did the desktop disappear?
    • No. You’ll also still be able to work with the familiar desktop just as you did in earlier versions of Windows. If you spend most of your time on the desktop, you can even set Windows to go there instead of the Start screen when you first turn on your PC. 

    • I have heard it is for touchscreens. Can I still use a mouse and keyboard?
    • Yes. You can use it the way you want: touchscreen, mouse and keyboard, or both. You’ll also still be able to work with the familiar desktop just as you did in earlier versions of Windows.   Note: The touchscreen functionality is dependent on the specifications of the device’s screen. Please check the specs of the machine on this page to know what features are included.
    • Can I use my current software and printers?
    • Windows 8.1 is compatible with almost all of the peripherals (printers, cameras, keyboards, mice, etc.) that you’re using today with your Windows PC or tablet. You can also use most of the desktop programs you currently use, including Office programs.
    • What if I buy a PC running Windows 8? Can I update to Windows 8.1?
    • Yes. If you're running Windows 8 you'll be able to get the free update to Windows 8.1 through the Windows Store. 

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    What's new with Windows 8?

    • The Start screen.

      Everything you care about most is on the new Start screen. Tiles on the Start screen are connected to people, apps, folders, photos, or websites, and are alive with the latest info, so you're up to date at a glance.
    • Mouse, keyboard—and now touch.

      Windows 8 is perfect for PCs with only a mouse and keyboard, those with touchscreens, and those with both. Whatever kind of PC you have, you'll discover fast and fluid ways to switch between apps, move things around, and go smoothly from one place to another.
    • Apps from the Windows Store.

      Windows 8 comes with a new store for apps, the Windows Store. Open the Store right from your Start screen to browse and download apps for cooking, photos, sports, news, and a lot more—many of them free.
    • Millions of streaming songs.

      Windows 8 also includes the Xbox Music app, which gives you access to a whole world of music.1
    • Your Windows, everywhere.

      Sign in with your Microsoft account to any of your PCs running Windows 8 and you'll immediately see your own background, display preferences, and settings.

    The Familiar made better

    • The desktop.

      The desktop that you're used to — with its taskbar, folders, and icons — is still here and better than ever, with a new taskbar and streamlined file management.

      Security.

      Stay up to date and more secure with Windows Defender, Windows Firewall, and Windows Update.

      Speed.

      Windows 8 starts up faster, switches between apps faster, and uses power more efficiently than Windows 7.

    Why Windows 8?

    • It goes where you go.

      Your pictures, files and settings are easily synced through the cloud so you can get to what you need almost anywhere.

      It plays as hard as it works.

      Windows 8 gives you the poser to quickly browse, watch movies, play games, polish your resume, and pull together a killer presentation — all on a single PC.

      You keep all your files

      If your PC is running Windows 7, your files apps, and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8.

      You keep familiar programs.

      Programs that run on Windows 7 will run on Windows 8.

    See Windows in action.

    • Make it yours.

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      Make it yours.
      The Windows 8 Start screen is your personalized home for the things you care about and want to keep an eye on. Organize it, customize it, and make it yours.
    • Work hard, play hard.

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      Work hard, play hard.
      Windows tablets run Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote, so you can mix in a little work with episodes of your favorite shows.
    • Not your average apps.

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      Not your average apps.
      With thousands of apps to choose from, there’s something for everyone. Once you buy an app from the Windows Store, it’s yours to use on up to five Windows 8 PCs or tablets.
    • Your Office. Your Way.

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      Your Office. Your Way.
      Experience Office at its best on Windows 8 devices. Discover new and better ways to create, edit, and browse—using a keyboard, pen, or touchscreen. Don’t forget…Office is not part of Windows 8.

    More ways to connect.

    System requirements

    1 GHz processor
    2 GB RAM
    20 GB available hard disk space
    1366 x 768 screen resolution
    DirectX 9 graphics processor with WDDM driver
    Internet access (fees may apply)
    Microsoft account required for some features
    Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
    Windows Media Center license sold separately

    If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, Windows 8 Media Center Pack, a volume license edition, or a retail edition, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store.

    Version Comparison

    Product Information Reimagined to be all about you. With Windows 8, you can put what matters most right on your Start screen and get instant access to your favorite people, apps, and sites. Get everything in Windows 8 plus enhanced features in Windows 8 Pro that help you easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt your data, and more. Get enhanced features with Windows 8 Pro Pack that help you easily connect to company networks, access files on the go, encrypt your data, and more. Plus, get Windows Media Center. For people who want to build their own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional license for a local virtual PC or to run a dual-boot.
    Requirements Upgrade software. Requires PCs running Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Upgrade software. Requires PCs running Windows XP (SP3), Windows Vista, or Windows 7. Requires PCs running Windows 8. Full or additional license. Customer support not included.
    DVD or Product Key Included? DVDs included (32 and 64 bit) DVDs included (32 and 64 bit) Product key included (no DVD) DVD included (32 or 64 bit)

    Discover a world of apps

    1. 1 Limited hours of free streaming after 6 months; unlimited with paid subscription. Internet required; ISP fees apply. See xbox.com/music
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