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Microsoft launches Windows 8 at subdued event

Microsoft Corp. uses its Windows 8 launch event to reset expectations.

By RYAN NAKASHIMA and PETER SVENSSON Published: October 26, 2012
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NEW YORK — For a company that has launched products with help from the Rolling Stones, Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney and Jay Leno, Microsoft’s unveiling of Windows 8 Thursday was subdued.

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Background

It comes in several versions

Windows 8 — runs on computers with processing chips made by Intel Corp. or Advanced Micro Devices Inc. A basic version is for consumers and a Pro version is for more tech-savvy users and businesses.

Windows RT — will run on lower-energy chips in phones and tablets, and some devices that marry tablet and PC features. RT devices will be restricted to applications designed for the system.

Windows Phone 8 — won’t be available until later this fall. Nokia Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. will offer new Windows phones.

How to get Windows 8

Buy a new PC — desktop, laptop and tablet computers with Windows 8 installed go on sale Friday.

Upgrade your PC — Windows 7 PCs (other than the Starter Edition) bought since June 2 can get Windows 8 Pro for $14.99. Windows PCs bought before June 2 can be upgraded for $39.99. A DVD to do the upgrade will cost $69.99.

Will it work on your PC?

System requirements can be found here: http://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/Home/ProgramInfo.

An upgrade tool at Windows.com prevents a purchase if the system requirements aren’t present.

•If upgrading from Windows 7, the upgrade tool will let you keep settings, personal files and applications. You can migrate settings and files from Vista, and files only from XP.

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