Well, I bought the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade deal tonight from the Microsoft website. It is taking some time to get used to it. Thus far, I am pleased and will probably recommend it to others before the price goes up in January. It retained my Windows 7 desktop and apps so that is a good fallback measure. I do not have a touch screen, but the mouse seems to work okay. It took about 4 hours for the entire download and upgrade. I was able to burn install disks in the event I ever need to reinstall. It has its own security and firewall so no need for another package. All my devices are working including my printer, webcam, etc. I was able to connect wireless without any issues and my settings from Windows 7 were all saved. Even the new Internet Explorer seems to be running well.
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