First of all, I want to say that many people think that HP sucks and I agree that there are many things wrong with how HP packages its computers (Bloatware), but I have an 3-year-old HP G62-435DX and it is still running like new almost 3 years after purchasing it. So, when I saw that HP had a 2.4ghz Intel-I7-3630 quad-core processor inside the new Envy dv6 for less than $1000 with 8gb of RAM, with Dr.Dre’s Beats Audio speakers built-in, I thought about it for a bit and bought it. For the price I was looking to spend it was really only Toshiba, Dell, Acer, and Lenovo with what I needed, and I wanted an I7 processor. That narrowed it down to HP, Toshiba and Acer and HP gave me the most features for the price, plus I know that HPs are easily upgradeable, the Lenovos I looked it had an 8gb Max RAM. So far, I am very happy I went with the HP, as it is a beautiful black machine, with the only problems so far coming from Windows 8 bugs that refuse to install programs when I repeatedly click on the installer files.
Also, Norton Internet Security came with the computer and the Windows Security Center seems to have a real problem identifying that Norton is running. I solved this problem rather quickly by reregistering the WMIUTIL.dll, but that’s not something an ordinary computer user would know how to do. Here’s a link to an article on The Windows Club that explains how to troubleshoot and fix this annoying Anti-Virus missing Notification… After a few more days I noticed that with Norton Internet Security installed I would choose to restart the computer and it would try to restart it just could not. I would see a blue screen that says Windows is Restarting and have a bunch of circles going around in a small circle, but it would never make it past that point. I did some research and discovered that many people had this same problem, and they all had Norton installed as well. So I uninstalled Norton Internet Security and was now able to shut down and restart without the same problem so far.
However, I have been noticing some other problems with Windows 8. Normally when you have problems with files on a hardrive and the hard drive starts clicking and acting strange, you would never blame it on the operating system, however the drive that I plugged into this new laptop was only 2 months old and had never been used much. When I did use it worked fine with Windows 7. I know it might be a long shot but I have a feeling that just hooking this 750gb more than halfway filled hard drive up to Windows 8 machine and then saving my backups on it may have created a problem. Checkdisk will not work on it and I am currently putting it to the spinrite test to see what is going on with this drive. I know that drives can just go at any time but I have never had one of mine act up in only 2 months. Anyway I was backing up an image to it after saving a bunch of new files from my WIndows 8 install (in preparation for the Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro), and it started clicking and macrium reflect just hung and then erred out after about 15 minutes. I tried Windows Backup Create a System Image and that looked like it was working, until the progress bar got half way done and finally it stuck (For An Hour). Then Finally a message popped up that said I/O failure, The disk is not connected or something to that effect. Well I tried to run chkdsk on it, since it was still connected and the blue light was lit on the drive. No dice, Windows cannot access this media. Several errors that I have never seen before started popping up, so I first tried to eject the drive, but Hardware Remove wizard says The Drive is still in use, so I reboot the computer and blam Black Screen. Good thing this happened now because i was just about to install my windows 8 Pro Upgrade right over the top and I would have lost some of my backup maybe.
Well I wrote this article because I was searching online for anybody who had any experience with upgrading a new Windows 8 computer to Windows 8 Pro with the $39.99 upgrade deal. Microsoft said themselves that you can install it on another computer, so i am about to do it, and The product key worked. I had the ISO burned onto a DVD in the dvd drive and I right clicked on it to try to see the contents of the drive, and it just started spinning and started up. I should have turned off the Autorun, but I notice that Microsoft turned it bACK on for CDs and DVDs in Windows 8, (or it was never turned off), either way, I prefer to choose what to do when a dvd is inserted in the drive and I like to explore the contents first.
So the point of this story was just to say that you can install the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade over your new Windows 8 Basic edition, However they will only give you the option to save your personal files only, No applications will remain installed, which is a real pain in the ass since I just spent 2 days activating all my software and reinstalling my essential tools. I never thought upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8 Pro would only have the same functionality as Upgrading from XP to Windows 8, so I am backing up everything, making images, and then i will not be going for a clean install because of HP’s drivers and whatever shims they had to put in here to run this operating system on this hardware, I just don’t want to have to go through this again, and my OS is only 1 week old so why should I have to do a clean install again, Good luck guys, get the upgrade before it’s over on the 31st, if you need the extended features of the Pro edition (which I definitely need to join my domain, Mount VHDs, use Bitlocker, etc.