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    Windows 8.1 Pro Best Price, $68, if you are sneaky (still legal)!

    Windows 8.1 Pro retails for a stupid $399 but if you are smart you can get it for just $68!

    What you need to do is walk in to your local Office Works and grab an old copy of Windows 8 Pro for $68 and do the free urgrade at home.

    If anyone knows if this won't work please post it up here, unless the version of 8 needed to be registered before the release of 8.1 you should be fine. I got my current computer two weeks ago and I keep getting messages to do the upgrade but Windows 8 Pro was pre-installed it shouldn't make a difference I don't think......?

    I'm not a comuting genius so feel free to let me know why I am wrong

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    For sale to individual customers only. Limit 5 units per customer. Vibrant and beautiful, the Start screen is the new face of Windows. Each tile on the Start screen is connected to a person, app, or whatever else is important to you, and lights up with the latest info.
    System Requirements:

    • Windows Xp, Vista Or Windows 7 Operating System
    • 1 Ghz Processor
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    • Watching Dvds Requires Separate Playback Software
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    • Windows 7, only better: Windows 8 is built on the rock-solid foundation of Windows 7, but it’s been improved on all fronts. You can install Windows 8 on the same hardware that powers 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.
    • In addition to the new look of the Start Screen, Windows 8 incorporates the desktop that you’re familiar with. Think of the desktop as one of the many apps you can run in Windows 8. In the desktop, you’ll see all the settings, devices, and features you used in Windows 7—and you can run the desktop apps you ran in Windows 7, too.
    • Cloud-connected with your Microsoft account: Sign in to your Windows 8 device with your Microsoft account and you’re immediately 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. You can connect your favorite services to your Microsoft account, too, like Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. And you can immediately get to your photos, docs, and other files, whether they’re on SkyDrive, Facebook, Flickr, or other services.
    • 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 can also see how other people have rated apps. You’ll always know what’s interesting, new, and popular. 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. If you try an app and like it, you can buy it and continue using the full app with no interruption. You won’t waste time or lose your place.
    • Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro:If your PC is running Windows 7, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8 Pro. If your PC is running 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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    Great idea! The free upgrade should work, it should just see what version of Windows 8 you're using and upgrade it.

    I've looked to see if there is anything about Windows 8 Pro upgrade difficulties and can't find anything.
    Updating to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    I'm updating Windows 8 Pro right now to Windows Pro 8.1

    However this is a version I've had since the upgrade from Windows 7.

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    Thanks for fixing the title

    Cool, I'd imagine you should know more about this stuff than me.

    Sadly I can't download the Windows update as an ISO and instead have to download it twice at 150KB/S

    Maybe the Windows 8.1 backup disc will be available here soon too?




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    It's a long download, even on ultra fast speeds it's taking an age!
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    Are you reaching your normal downlad speed or is it slow at the MS end?

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    couldn't tell, could have looked into it I guess.

    Install was over an hour! They also said they had to send a text to my phone, but nothing came through. Had to choose I can't do this at this time option. Or something similar.

    Now off to do a few things and see how it performs.

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    Welllllllll..........the update hasn't gone well, I set my computer to do it overnight and came out this morning and the backlight was on but nothing was happening so I closed the lid.
    After opening the lid it came up in 8.1 and worked fine, then I tried to restart it, it's not happening.

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    Not really sure what happened, I had to power it off and go again and it booted straight up but it now like a lot of others has no brightness control which sucks as it's way too bright!

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    Hey Gav, can access the BIOS since changing to 8.1? I am starting to wish I didn't upgrade, I manually went through and removed and updated my drivers one by one and got my brightness buttons to work but my battery life is down. On Windows 8 I could get around 10hrs but I'm down an hour or two and now I can't access the Bios to change my rapid start setting back to normal.

    Some of my problems are probably drivers but it's still a pain in the bum, I shouldn't have to do much just for a damn update!
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    As far as I know, no change in battery life for me, then again I'm plugged in 95% of the time anyway.

    My power plans did all get changed when Windows 8.1 was upgraded. I have had to re-create them to set my energy efficient options.

    Accessing BIOS in Windows 8.1

    For BIOS access for Windows 8.1 for my computer it's the same as it ever was on re-start as the Fujitsu logo shows hold down F2.

    Just did it to check.

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