MICROSOFT Windows 8 Pro upgrade

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MICROSOFT Windows 8 Pro upgrade

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Windows 8 Pro upgrade gives you new levels of productivity, security, and mobility with great performance. If you currently have a personal computer running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista then you can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro. With Windows 8 Pro, you can connect and share your files. Windows 8 Pro also adds enhanced features if you need to connect to company networks, access remote files, encrypt sensitive data, and other more advanced tasks.


The new Windows 8 start screen is a personalised home for items you use the most and can be customised according to your user preference. Wwindows 8 Live tiles provide real-time updates from your Facebook, Twitter and e-mail accounts. Along with the new Start screen, the lock screen now includes e-mail, calendar, and clock widgets.

To access your PC, Microsoft has replaced a standard PIN or password with a swipe gesture; unlock your PC by clicking or swiping preset locations you've selected onthe lock screen. New functions allow you to search for your favorite software programs, open, close, hide, resize, or run multiple apps simultaneously with the swipe of a finger or a swipe of a mouse.

Windows has also made changes to make your PC more secure by boosting its exisiting security features and adding "SmartScreen," which acts to prevent suspicious programs or apps from being installed or running on your machine. Finally, Windows 8 also gives you the ability to "refresh" itself to give users a new starting point and a cleaner version of Windows.

You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview, but you might not be able to keep all you files, software programs, and settings. The table below shows what you can keep during the upgrade, depending on the current version of Windows you are running. If you choose to boot from removeable media, you won't be able to keep your software programs, Windows settings, or personal files when you upgrade.

Upgrading from:
  • Windows 8: Personal files
  • Windows 8 Developer Preview: Nothing, but your old files will be saved in the "windows.old" folder
  • Windows 7: Software programs; Windows settings; personal files
  • Windows Vista: Windows settings; personal files
  • Windows XP: Personal files

  • Beautiful, Fast, Fluid
    Windows has been reimagined to focus on your life. The beautiful, fast, and fluid design
    is perfect for a range of hardware: from compact, touch enabled tablets and lightweight
    laptops, to PCs and large, Powerful all-in-ones with high definition screens.

    Windows 7, only better
    Windows 8 is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7, but its been improved on
    allfronts. You can install Windows 8 on the same hardware that powers XP. Windows
    Vista and Windows 7, and you'll love how it works on new devices, too. Windows 8 was
    designed with Windows 7 apps in mind, because you probably have older apps you need
    to use.

    Cloud-connected with your Microsoft account
    Sign in to your Windows 8 device with you Microsoft account and you're immediatelty
    connected to the people, files, and settings you care about. Your PC comes to life with
    all the things that make Windows yours, including your Start page, themes, language
    preferences, browsing history, and browser favorites.

    It's all about the apps
    In the Windows Store, you can search for or browse great apps, all grouped in easy-to-find categories. We highlight great apps for you and provide quick access to frequently
    downloaded apps. You won't have to worry about buying something you don’t want
    because you can try before you buy, if the app supports it.

    Easily connect to your work network
    Manager devices, security and IT policies more easily with Domain Join and Group Policy.
    Domain Join connects Windows 8 Pro devices to your business network domain for easy
    device management. Group Policy helps enforce password rules and IT policies, as well
    as makes managing user access a snap.

    Encrypt your data with BitLocker
    BitLocker drive encryption helps protect corporate data on mobile PCs that include a TPM
    chip. BitLocker now encrypts hard drives more quickly, helping to keep your data safe
    without interrupting your productivity. BitLocker now supports encrypted drives, too.

    Work from almost anywhere
    Remote Desktop Connection lets you connect to your work computer from home and
    access all of your programs, files, and network resources as though you were actually
    sitting in front of your computer at work.


  • Required Processor: 1 GHz or faster
  • Required Memory: 2 GB
  • Required Hard Disk Space: 20 GB
  • Required Display: 1366 x 768 resolution
  • Required Connectivity: Internet Access (fees may apply)
  • Required Video Card :1366 x 768 resolution, DirectX 9 graphics processor
  • Other System Requirements: Microsoft account required for some features, watching DVDs require separate playback software, Windows Media Center liscense sold separately.
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