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Tuesday, 22 November 2011 12:35

Windows 8 will be downloadable

Written by Fuad Abazovic

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USB install

Windows 8 is coming at some point in the second half 2012, probably around September, and Microsoft wants to grab as much attention as possible.

It wants to show you that Windows 8 will be worth the money and one of the cool things that about the new OS is that you will be able to download it and burn it to ISO DVD / Blu-ray or simply install it from a USB drive.

You need 3GB or larger USB and Windows will format it and delete everything you have on it. Microsoft promises that in 11 steps you can have your Windows downloaded and installed. So even if you are one step away from being a full blown alcoholic, you should have no trouble getting around.

You will have an option to choose whether to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows 8 or to install a new copy on a different partition. Of course you need to set your bios to boot from USB, but this should not be that hard to do, even for newbie.

Another nice thing is also an upgrade report that will tell you which of your applications will work with the upgrade. Well, we said enough, you can check it here and see the video.

Retail stores will probably miss out on a lot of Windows sales, as we can imagine that a lot of people will buy and download Windows rather that pick up a physical disc and install.
 

Last modified on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 16:01

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+1 #1 Jurassic1024 2011-11-22 13:32
Retail stores will probably miss out on a lot of Windows sales, as we can imagine that a lot of people will buy and download Windows rather that pick up a physical disc and install.

Depends on your definition of "a lot".
 
 
+5 #2 johndgr 2011-11-22 13:57
Windows is downloadable for the last 12 years. What Microsoft must do is drop the price and i mean DROP the price, so that more people download the OS from Microsoft's site and not from torrent sites.
 
 
+1 #3 darcotech 2011-11-22 15:01
People will buy from shops as the MS prices in store are higher thought it should be opposite.
If you check price for Win 7 OEM at your local IT retailer or big IT eshop you can find it cheaper than on MS site.
If they drop the price, than it is another story.
 
 
+1 #4 yourma2000 2011-11-22 16:36
For such an important piece of software such as an OS I prefer to have a legit copy of the disk rather than downloading and burning my own copy, I don't trust download services for software, music or games like Steam or iTunes (unless I'm I'm getting something for free via promotions) if I have a retail disc I'll know it's the version I want, I wont have to rely on a download service to be on 24/7 or have my downloads interrupted by corruption, power outage, crashes etc etc, atleast I know where my Windows 7 disc is, it's in a big green Windows box, chances are I'm not going to lose it.
 
 
0 #5 Haberlandt 2011-11-22 16:42
You can set your bios to boot from an USB?
 
 
+1 #6 Jay 2011-11-22 19:34
Good move
 
 
+1 #7 Jay 2011-11-22 19:54
Quoting johndgr:
Windows is downloadable for the last 12 years. What Microsoft must do is drop the price and i mean DROP the price, so that more people download the OS from Microsoft's site and not from torrent sites.


MS is pretty much same as Intel when it comes to pricing they have a monopoly, that's just the way things are.
 
 
+1 #8 johndgr 2011-11-22 21:22
Quoting Jay:
MS is pretty much same as Intel when it comes to pricing they have a monopoly, that's just the way things are.


The funny thing is that they let piracy work for them. Without piracy Windows could have lost that monopoly advantage years ago....
Anyway I installed Win8 on a virtualbox and it is terrible. You need huge amount of RAM a super fast SSD, a good gpu and a quad core to work it with virtualbox. I guess this is just virtualbox been ultra slow with this new OS but I am afraid that this could end up a huge fail making Millenium look good!
 
 
0 #9 Exodite 2011-11-22 23:09
Bah, that's nothing!

The best OS in history fits into a single DD floppy disk. :)
 
 
-1 #10 Russell 2011-11-23 01:41
Once upon a time, I eagerly awaited having the means to abandon the floppy disk.

Today, I look forward to abandoning CD/DVD media entirely. We're getting closer and closer. I look forward to abandoning this archaic medium.
 

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