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Topic # 115637 2-Apr-2013 13:46
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Hi if I were to buy a laptop with windows 8 Pro vs no pro it costs NZD149 more ... if you did it yourself with Microsoft does it cost more or less?

The main question probably is why do I need windows 8 Pro 

- can you get Media centre without pro?
- if i want to log on to work server and do remote desktop on my laptop do i need Pro?
- what about complete PC backup (or whatever it's called on windows 8)?

I read the charts on Microsoft but I'm still confused!

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  Reply # 790680 2-Apr-2013 13:51
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Dick Smiths still had Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $99.99 so $149 is a rip off

Media Center requires Windows 8 Pro
Windows 8 Pro adds BitLocker so you can encrypt your HDD, BitLocker to Go so you can encrypt your USB removeable drives, also domain join so you can join your work network.

Backup is built into Windows 8, and you don't need Pro to remote desktop into another PC or your work network.  You need Windows 8 Pro if you want to Remote Desktop back into your Windows 8 Pro machine



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  Reply # 790682 2-Apr-2013 13:53
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makes perfect sense now!

darn charts on M$ !

ok so i don't really need pro ... i can still "share" folders and access folders on my laptop from another computer?

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  Reply # 790686 2-Apr-2013 13:55
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M$ and you expect me to reply?



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  Reply # 790688 2-Apr-2013 13:57
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Isn't that a short for Microsoft?

I'm not very good with charts sorry ... when i have a specific question and charts don't always help me :( ... call it a disability!

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  Reply # 790690 2-Apr-2013 14:01
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M$

Short for Microsoft, used to imply Microsoft cares more for money than it does for security, stability, and anything else that could make a good Operating System.


Typically used as a derogatory term for Microsoft. Typically used by those who use Linux as their operating system, it implies that Microsoft, a business, cares about business-related things.


An acronym/abbreviation for the monopoly Microsoft, using an $ instead of an S to show dislike for Microsoft and the money the company has

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  Reply # 790691 2-Apr-2013 14:03
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joker97: makes perfect sense now!

darn charts on M$ !

ok so i don't really need pro ... i can still "share" folders and access folders on my laptop from another computer?


yes you can share files/folders from Windows 8, you don't need Pro for that

there is a chart here, its not 100% accurate but its correct for the questions you asked

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

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  Reply # 792216 3-Apr-2013 11:36
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joker97: makes perfect sense now!

darn charts on M$ !

ok so i don't really need pro ... i can still "share" folders and access folders on my laptop from another computer?


You've been around long enough. Maybe you need to re-read the FUG? In this case specifically "When talking about a company use their real name. We follow the principle that respect must go both ways." The only acceptable abbreviation for Microsoft is MS.




Keep calm, and carry on posting.

 

 

 

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  Reply # 792491 3-Apr-2013 16:10
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For the average consumer the Pro edition is not a must

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  Reply # 792512 3-Apr-2013 16:58
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I'm not sure the average consumer posts on Geekzone.

Depending on where you work it might be worth checking out if it's on the home use program yet.

Could give you a big cost saving



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  Reply # 798181 12-Apr-2013 07:02
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yikes someone is telling me there is no program to create Windows imaging backup like complete pc backup in Windows 7 you can just restore into your saved state

is that true that Windows 8 can't create a image backup?

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  Reply # 798185 12-Apr-2013 07:19
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windows 7 file recovery

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Reply # 798186 12-Apr-2013 07:21
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joker97: yikes someone is telling me there is no program to create Windows imaging backup like complete pc backup in Windows 7 you can just restore into your saved state

is that true that Windows 8 can't create a image backup?
Personally I will say no.  It does have I think its called windows 7 file recovery, in control panel. Cant remember exact name.  I tried it on 3 computers to external hard drive. In each case message was successful.  But when trying to restore that saved image the message came up no image found.  So thinking since it is called Windows 7 file recovery, I would try a Windows 7 disk but it didnt work either.  Because I couldnt get an image backup to work, I went back to Windows 7




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  Reply # 798192 12-Apr-2013 08:12
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If you need/want to use offline files, then you need Windows 8 Pro as well.



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  Reply # 798218 12-Apr-2013 09:01
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Gilco2:
joker97: yikes someone is telling me there is no program to create Windows imaging backup like complete pc backup in Windows 7 you can just restore into your saved state

is that true that Windows 8 can't create a image backup?
Personally I will say no.  It does have I think its called windows 7 file recovery, in control panel. Cant remember exact name.  I tried it on 3 computers to external hard drive. In each case message was successful.  But when trying to restore that saved image the message came up no image found.  So thinking since it is called Windows 7 file recovery, I would try a Windows 7 disk but it didnt work either.  Because I couldnt get an image backup to work, I went back to Windows 7


gosh it sounds to me Windows 8 is inferior to Windows 7!

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  Reply # 798220 12-Apr-2013 09:08
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joker97:
Gilco2:
joker97: yikes someone is telling me there is no program to create Windows imaging backup like complete pc backup in Windows 7 you can just restore into your saved state

is that true that Windows 8 can't create a image backup?
Personally I will say no.  It does have I think its called windows 7 file recovery, in control panel. Cant remember exact name.  I tried it on 3 computers to external hard drive. In each case message was successful.  But when trying to restore that saved image the message came up no image found.  So thinking since it is called Windows 7 file recovery, I would try a Windows 7 disk but it didnt work either.  Because I couldnt get an image backup to work, I went back to Windows 7


gosh it sounds to me Windows 8 is inferior to Windows 7!
I actually think it is better in many ways and actually like it. But as I tinker a lot I really want the backup image to work.  Really like the built in image backup in windows 7 and have used it heaps. Prefer it to Redo and Macrium Reflect etc.




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