Windows 8 Pro (32-bit, OEM) comparison

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Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)

Microsoft Windows 8 Pro (Upgrade)
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Microsoft Windows 8.1

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Microsoft Windows 7 (Professional)

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Price $100 to $128 at 2 stores $86 to $124 at 6 stores $79 to $146 at 12 stores $74 to $550 at 4 stores $115 to $238 at 5 stores
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    Overall score: 8.0 (4.0 stars)
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    Overall score: 8.1 (4.0 stars)
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Release date October 29, 2012 October 26, 2012 June 24, 2013 October 22, 2009 October 29, 2012
The Bottom Line Microsoft makes an aggressive, forward-thinking, and bold statement for the future of PCs with Windows 8, and vast security and speed improvements more than justify the $40 upgrade price. If you're a dedicated Windows 8 hater, the update to Windows 8.1 isn't going to change your mind. For everyone else, this collection of tweaks, fixes, and new features is useful, but everything here should have shipped in the original version last year. Windows 7 is more than what Vista should have been, it's where Microsoft needed to go. How much damage Vista did and whether Windows 7 is enough for people to finally abandon Windows XP are questions that nobody has the answers to right now.

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License Qty 1 PC
1 PC
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1 PC
Language(s) English
English
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License Type License and media
Version upgrade package
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License and media
Product Description Windows 8 Pro - License and media
Windows 8 Pro - Version upgrade package
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Windows 8 Pro - License and media
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Operating System Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 Pro
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Windows 8 Pro - 64-bit
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