The Windows 8 Basic Upgrade DVD from Microsoft provides a single license allowing you to upgrade Windows XP Service Pack 3, Vista or 7 to Windows 8. This basic version of Windows 8 comes with a variety of features, making it possible to improve productivity and stay connected with friends and family. Some of the features include an intuitive Live Tile Start Screen, cloud connectivity, Internet Explorer 10, Windows Store Access, and a variety of swipe commands.
The intuitive Live Tile Start Screen helps to put everything important to you right at your fingertips. You can configure this Start Screen to provide you with information that's important to you such as weather, news, sports scores, social network updates and more. Once configured simply tap on a tile to open up the app and gain full access to your information. Along with the Live Tile Start Screen, you also benefit from cloud connectivity making it possible to connect to a variety of services from email to social media to Microsoft's own SkyDrive online storage service. You also have the ability to download any number of applications directly from the Microsoft Store.
Windows 7, Only Better
Windows 8 is built on the foundation created by Windows 7, but it's been improved on all fronts. You can install Windows 8 on the same hardware that powers Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7. Windows 8 was designed with Windows 7 apps in mind to help eliminate compatibility issues.
In addition to the 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.
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 is now more personal with your own Start page, themes, language preferences, browsing history, and browser favorites. You can connect various services to your Microsoft account like Hotmail, Messenger, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and more. You can also get your photos, documents, 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 a variety of apps, all grouped in easy-to-find categories. Specific apps are highlighted for you to provide quick access to frequently downloaded apps. You can also see how other people have rated apps. 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.
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Minimum System Requirements
Windows Compatible PC with Window XP SP3, Vista, or 7 Required
1 GHz or faster
Required Hard Disk Space
1366 x 768 screen resolution
Internet access (fees may apply)
Required Video Card
Graphics hardware acceleration requires a DirectX 9 graphics card with WDDM driver
Additional System Requirements
Microsoft account required for some features. Watching DVDs requires separate playback software. Windows Media Center license sold separately.
Microsoft Windows 8 Basic Upgrade (Single License) Review