Remember that Windows 8 reports to be version 6.2 (Vista was 6.1 and XP 6.0).
- Versions of Windows 8
- Costs of a Microsoft Windows 8 Upgrade
- Minimum Requirements for Windows 8
- Windows 8 Milestones
- Windows 8
Basic edition for home market.
- Windows 8 Pro
Business edition, joins domains.
- Windows 8 Enterprise
Only for Software Assurance customers.
- Windows RT
Run-time version for ARM devices.
Only available directly to hardware manufacturers.
As an alternative to 'Edition' or 'Version' you may see SKU, this means stock keeping unit.
Windows Media Player
Freely available through the Control Panel: 'Turn Windows features on', scroll down to: 'Media features'.
Media Center (For watching TV shows)
You will need to purchase this as a separate product called Media Center Pack. However, there may be a free Media Center promotion where you can 'Add feature' until January 2013.
LEM will alert you to problems such as when a key application on a particular server is unavailable. It can also detect when services have stopped, or if there is a network latency problem. Perhaps this log and event management tool’s most interesting ability is to take corrective action, for example by restarting services, or isolating the source of a maleware attack.
Yet perhaps the killer reason why people use LEM is for its compliance capability, with a little help from you, it will ensure that your organization complies with industry standards such as CISP or FERPA. LEM is a really smart application that can make correlations between data in different logs, then use its built-in logic to take corrective action, to restart services, or thwart potential security breaches – give LEM a whirl.
Upgrades to Windows 8 should be around these figure. These deals are for XP, Vista as well as for Windows 7.
- Windows 7 Professional online download: $40 (Until Jan 2013)
- Windows 7 Professional new PC bought after June 2nd: $15
- Windows 7 Professional packaged DVD: $70 (Until January 2013)
The Upgrade Assistant is on-hand to oversee the Windows 8 installation. It creates a hardware and application compatibility report that shows you any actions needed before or after the upgrade. Incidentally, the upgrade allows you to create your own .ISO file
Comparison Costs of Windows 7 Full-package
Windows 8 is likely to cost about the same as Windows 7.
- Windows 8 Professional: $199 (Approx)
Upgrade Windows 8 Consumer Preview to Windows 8 RTM
This shocked me, if true it would be the first time I can remember beta software that could be upgraded to the (Release to Manufacturer) version.
Source: ComputerWorld, they say: "Users running Windows 8 Release Preview can upgrade using the Windows.com upgrade tool and pay the $40."
Each edition of Windows 8 edition has the same system requirements. The minimum specifications for Windows 8 are the same as Windows 7, or slightly less than Vista, this means that your ‘old’ hardware is capable of running Windows 8.
Processor – 1 GHz
RAM – 2 MB for the 64-bit
Disk Space – 20 GB for the operating system
DirectX 9 Graphics WDDM (Windows Display Driver Model) 1.0
DVD drive to install the operating system.
It makes a welcome change for a new Microsoft operating system not to demand more CPU power and larger memory.
- Beta 1 September 2010 (M2)
- Pre-release Version February 2011 (M3)
- Developer Preview September 2011
- Consumer Preview February 2012
- Release Preview May 2012
- Final Release To Manufacturers (RTM) August 2012 (M4)
- General Availability (GA) October 2012
- Windows 8.1 "Blue" October 2013
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