expired Windows 8 Pro Pack or Pro Upgrade $48.72ea at Officeworks

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Good morning all
Saw it on today's herald sun Vic.
Windows 8 Pro Pack or Pro Upgrade $48.72 ea at OW. Cheaper than HN and JB $58.
Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack
This version upgrades existing machines with Microsoft Windows 8 to Microsoft Windows 8 Pro.

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
This version installs Microsoft Windows 8 Pro from a previous version of Windows.
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  • +1 vote

    What's a Pro Pack ?

    • +3 votes

      Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack
      This version upgrades existing machines with Microsoft Windows 8 to Microsoft Windows 8 Pro.

      Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
      This version installs Microsoft Windows 8 Pro from a previous version of Windows.

      Confused? so i am……hahaha

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        I think it might be that if you have the trial version of windows 8 you buy the pro pack to make it a legit version.

        And win 8 pro is just an upgrade from XP, vista or 7.

        And then windows media center is a free download for both http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/82944

        Please dont quote me on this :P

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        So there's three versions of Win8:
        Windows 8 RT
        Windows 8
        Windows 8 Pro.

        The pro pack upgrades the Windows 8 version to Pro. So you need Windows 8 already (something you would get with a new computer for example).

        The Windows 8 Pro upgrade udates an older version to Windows 8 Pro.

        Hopefully a little bit less confusing now :)

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          |Microsoft Windows 8 Pro
          This version installs Microsoft Windows 8 Pro from a previous version of Windows.|

          Does it mean i can use my 7+ years win XP to upgrade to win8 ???

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          OS tech since XP has changed substantially.

          You need to backup all your personal files as it does a fresh install.

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      Media centre

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      Theoretically 'Pro Pack' has Windows Media Center and 'Pro' does not. As paper never refused print, I'd check the editions actually on the shelf instore before buying.

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    What version do you get if you want a fresh install of windows, not upgrading from a previous version?

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      As I understand it you can do a clean install using the 'Upgrade' media (you must be installing from DVD), if you choose to "keep nothing" during the installation process. It's difficult to get a straight answer on this one so far though. You will probably need to have either a qualifying earlier copy of Windows already installed, or a disc for one handy, that you can insert during install.

  • +1 vote
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      8 dollars for the media only… i'm heading down to office works for at least one copy.

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    Was also in today's Advertiser SA.

    I assume this includes physical media? Makes it better for me than a $39.99 download.

    • +11 votes

      Cool story, bro.

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    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Upgrade $48.72 + $5.95 shipping *free shipping for orders over $55
    http://www.officeworks.com.au/retail/products/Technology/Sof...

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    I may buy it but I don't want to upgrade it now.

  • -3 votes
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      That isn't for Windows 8…it's for the media centre apps

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    So is Win8 Pro==Win7 Home Premium?

    • +3 votes

      Pro = Pro.

      No Pro = home.

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        .. But some home have a professional live in it thou

  • -1 vote

    No point. Download for $14.99 (full fat Pro version), get Media Centre free.

    • -1 vote

      That is only within a period of time if u bought win7. You have to read carefully.

      http://www.ozbargain.com.au/node/82957

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        Nope. You can lie and get it anyway. As long as you have Win 7, you are set.

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          I just checked that thread and people got it without enter the old key and proof of purchase.

          I understand what u mean now.

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          Can you please confirm if this works?

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          If you have a Win7 machine and use it to buy it should not have problem.

          Some try to use a Mac and the page will ask for a valid win7 key.

        • +2 votes

          I don't get this. If you're breaking the law why not just download a pirate copy?

        • +2 votes

          Because stealing a car is illegal. But buying it from an idiot at a stupid price isn't!!

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          Most moral value doesn't apply over internet.

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      Link?

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        Read above you, and you will see.

  • +1 vote

    Whirlpool poster reports its key only…seems weird if true from OW.

    http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1968743&p...

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      Not true. The boxes have 32-bit and 64-bit versions dvds.

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      Another poster says it does include media. shrug
      http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/forum-replies.cfm?t=1968743&p...

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        maybe they bought the pro pack for win 8 and not the win 8 pro for previous version
        I think the pro pack is key only

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          Looking at them in JB earlier. Seems Win 8 Pro includes media, Win 8 Pro Pack does not. Not sure as I've not bought either.

    • +1 vote

      Some just bought two with box from North Ryde.

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    If you have 32 bit currently installed, can you use the upgrade 64 bit version to do a fresh install?

    • +1 vote

      As I understand it, yes, in fact that should be the only option offered to you. MS haven't released much information about the topic, so at this point there's a lot of speculation about how things will actually work.

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      Note that it is only possible to upgrade from a IA-32 version of Windows 7 to an IA-32 version of Windows 8; an x64 version of Windows 7 can only be upgraded to an x64 version of Windows 8.

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_8_editions#Upgrade_comp...

      As long as your hardware supports x64 too.

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        I realize you can't do a straight upgrade, but what I was asking, was if the 64-bit install version, could be used to do a fresh install over my current win 7 32 bit version.

        It would be pretty average if you can't and are forced to buy the full version.

        • +2 votes

          I used an upgrade version to go from 32-bit XP to 64-bit Win 7. I'd be pretty surprised if it wasn't the same with Win 7 to Win 8.

  • +1 vote

    So, let me get this straight. The "Pro Pack" only lets you upgrade another version of Windows 8 to Pro, where "to install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7" (quoted from MS website) and they're the same price.

    And if you bought/buy a Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012 and 31 January 2013 (apparently MS have some way of knowing exact purchase date) then you qualify for a discounted version of the Pro Upgrade.

    And we haven't even started talking about non-upgrade or non-pro versions, or if you can do an in-place install or you need to wipe the PC and start again.

    Why can't MS just have one version of their OS with one price?

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    • +2 votes

      Mostly right (as far as I know) except the $14.99 upgrade does not work with win 7 starter edition on netbooks

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        Oh, good god. Really?

        I recently experienced a client take three goes to buy the right version of Office for what he wanted and it wasn't a tenth as complicated as this.

        I'm going to start collecting XP keys from disposed PCs for when the upgrade version demands a key during a rebuild or something and the client has no record of it.

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          Is it that complicated? There's only one version that is being sold in this deal - Windows 8 Pro.

          Your computer is running Vista/W7 and you want to upgrade to Windows 8 - you buy the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade.

          Your computer is running XP and you want to upgrade to Windows 8 - you buy the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade. You need to do a fresh install as a lot has changed in the last 11 years, so you can't in-place upgrade.

          If you just bought a computer and it only comes with Windows 8, you can upgrade it to Pro with the … Pro Pack.

          Windows 7 starter? Why on earth are you buying such a low-spec netbook anyway? :)

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          What if you want to buy Windows 8 for a new PC or VMware Fusion? Will an old XP sticker allow you to install the upgrade version? Does it have to be SP3 on the sticker? What if you bought XP SP2 and patched to SP3? What if you bought the retail version of some edition of Windows 7? Does that qualify for the cheap upgrade, or only OEM versions?

          The matrix of combinations is insane.

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          The matrix of combinations is insane.

          They did screw the pooch here.

          They should've had:

          Windows 8
          Windows 8 Upgrade (XP, Vista, 7, 8 trail)
          Windows 8 Mobile

          if they really wanted to they could split up Windows 8 into single and multiple (but not simultaneous) use but that's just being moronic IMO.

          Maybe when Windows 9 comes around they'll figure it out.

        • +1 vote

          What if you want to buy Windows 8 for a new PC or VMware Fusion?

          Well, obviously you can't buy an "upgrade" version as you're not upgrading. This deal does not apply as it's for an upgrade, as the title states. That has been the case for the last decade and a half - if you're not upgrading, you don't buy an upgrade version.

          There are only two version of Windows 8 - Pro, and regular. Those who need the Pro version will easily know they need it (bitlocker, hyper-v, vhd boot, domain support, EFS, group policy, RDP host, etc). For everyone else, there's just "Windows 8".

          Will an old XP sticker allow you to install the upgrade version? Does it have to be SP3 on the sticker? What if you bought XP SP2 and patched to SP3? What if you bought the retail version of some edition of Windows 7? Does that qualify for the cheap upgrade, or only OEM versions?

          You're overthinking it WAY too much. Should I have pepper with my sandwich? What if it's black pepper? Or white? What if the grains are too large? Will it go with this bread I chose? Should I add the pepper from the side to the centre, or centre to the sides?

          If your computer runs XP, you can buy the upgrade. That's it. Why are you thinking of SP1 SP2 SP3? It's still XP.

          Obviously if it seems illegal, it is - so you can't go stealing OEM stickers off discarded old computers and using that to upgrade. It will work fine, it's just not legal. OEM licences live and die with the machine they came with. It's been like that for over a decade.

          They did screw the pooch here.
          They should've had:
          Windows 8
          Windows 8 Upgrade (XP, Vista, 7, 8 trail)
          Windows 8 Mobile

          It's really simple now. They have Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro. As I said above, those who need Pro will know it.

          If you're upgrading from an older version of Windows, you … buy the upgrade version.

          Where's the complicated part?

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          The complicated part is that I do tech support for probably a combined total of 500 people, including at least 200 decision makers who are not always technically minded. While the three PCs in my house that have some potential to use Windows 8 are unlikely to cause me a problem, the hundreds of computers I support are likely to result in at least a few cases of people buying the wrong thing.

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          Well.. seeing that MS has cut down the number of versions to two (W8 and W8 Pro), it's less complicated than ever before. Users can certainly be dumb, so hopefully that'll make it easier for them.

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          If you're upgrading from an older version of Windows, you … buy the upgrade version.

          Where's the complicated part?

          The fact that the upgrade version is not labelled clearly as an upgrade version and the fact that there are two upgrade versions with similar, yet not quite the same labelling (Pro vs Pro Pack).

          They should have 1 upgrade version, blatantly call it an upgrade version and so elicit no confusion because to be honest, I do not see how "Windows 8 Pro" indicates it's an upgrade version or is, in fact, better than Windows 8 Upgrade.

    • +3 votes

      They've cut it down to just 2 versions which is good, I think the "pro pack" is the thing that is confusing people.
      They should ditch the weird "upgrade from win 8 to win 8 pro" for now and just have the two choices. This would make it much easier for people to understand.

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        That might be it. The description in the OP clearly states the difference though.

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      The discount for new system owners isn't a different version…it's just a limited time upgrade promotion price.

  • +2 votes

    So does anyone know if Windows 8 Pro can be installed from a freshly formatted HD, or if Windows 7 needs to be on it?

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      I'm wondering this too - If I format my HDD will I be able to pop the Win8 Pro disk in and install fresh? If anyone could verify that would be great thanks.

  • +5 votes
    • Once you've downloaded and stuffed Win 8 onto a USB or DVD you can install it anywhere anytime if you have a valid key.

    • To get Win 8 for $15, as far as I can tell you need to be running Win 7 for the initial purchase and install. Then you can reformat to your heart's content. The download size is a tiny 2GB.

    • The $15 key is for the full Win 8 Pro, with Bitlocker etc. Windows Media Centre in the $15 option is not included, you can get it free until January.

    • The $15 purchase makes in store purchases redundant, as far as I can tell.

    Clear?

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      So you're saying you can do an install onto a fresh machine with this once its been burned to USB/Disk?

      So is the verification that you have previous windows version only done at time of purchase?

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        Yes. You have a key for $15 and the downloaded files. Where you stick them is up to you.

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          Is it possible to get 64 bit version via download if you're running 32 bit currently?

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          As far as I know yes. Download the files onto a cd/usb, boot from cd/usb (using bios), then install it. You will have to delete all the files on your computer though so you'd better back them up onto an external hard drive. If you don't have one well you could repartition the drive if you're up to it but I'd suggest just getting an external hard drive.

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    Just bought two copies from Officeworks Prospect SA, they had no shortage of stock (nor any huge release date queues! although I'm not really surprised haha).

    I might try to get a $15 copy as well, just for shits and giggles.

    • +2 votes

      Er, why? You could have gotten 2 for $30 without going anywhere … .

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        Not without a previous installation of Windows 7…and not with physical media.

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          Nope didnt need to have a valid windows 7 to register. I registered (well tried) my tablet and messed up the serial number twice. Checked the status on my claims….now i have 3 codes for a $15 upgrade.

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          Where abouts do I register to do this?

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    do i have to reinstall all the appliacations after the upgrade?

    • +3 votes

      If you're going from XP or Vista it's a fresh install. If from 7 you should be fine.

  • +1 vote

    For an extra $9 you can get it from good guys with bonus kaspersky internet security license.

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      nice but why not just use avast?

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      Why add software you don't need? Win 8 ships with MSSE.

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    Cheaper to DL ISO & burn DVD or make bootable USB.

  • +1 vote

    I installed the test version a few months back, confusing interface with too much 'hidden' inside other options, which is more touch screen oriented (plus half of my peripherals didn't work under trial!!). Change for change sake, if there is a performance boost and when 3rd parties get W8 drivers for existing hardware. That's my 2 cents…

    • +1 vote

      Peripherals that don't have windows 8 driver support will not work yet, don't forget how many thousands of devices that need updated driver support for a new OS.

      This is not just built off the top of windows 7, it has been re done and any cons are heavily outweighed by the pros.
      Windows 8 is way faster, it makes older systems seem fast and new systems are unreal.

      I've got a i7 laptop without an ssd running windows 8, before the upgrade I thought I defiantly needed to upgrade to an ssd mainly so my OS would be smoother and boot quicker but with Windows 8 it literally boots in under 5 seconds.

  • +4 votes

    Installed in 15min, boots in less than 10 sec on a 256GB Samsuung 830 SSD. Modern UI issues are overblown. Get with the times - this is a fine OS.

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