Best Buy stores already displaying Windows 8 PCs

Windows 8 PCs can't technically be sold for another two weeks, but lots of people can apparently check them out well ahead of the October 26th launch date, if they go to their local Best Buy store. Some of the store locations have laptops, tablets and all-in-one PCs running Microsoft's next PC OS on store shelves.

WinSource.com has posted up images of HP laptops and all-in-one PCs running Windows 8 in a Best Buy store in St. Cloud, Minnesota. In addition, Neowin has independently confirmed that a local Best Buy store in Greenville, South Carolina also has working Windows 8 tablets and desktops on its store shelves.

While anyone is free to operate the Windows 8 PCs in the Best Buy stores, you can't actually purchase them until October 26th. We have not confirmed if every Best Buy retail store location will have working Windows 8 PCs ahead of the launch dates so we would recommend that if you live near a Best Buy store, you call ahead to see if your particular location has them in place before you drive to the store itself.

Best Buy has launched its Windows 8 page on its official retail website and is taking online pre-orders for both Windows 8 PCs as well as the retail disk version of Windows 8 Pro.

Source: WinSource.com | Image via WinSource.com

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Many, many years ago when I decided to visit Tiny computers in West Croydon, England, I decided I wanted to buy a new computer rather than build and they were selling and sold me
a system with windows xp x86 6 weeks before xp went retail.
So I had a working full version of xp o.e.m.
I enjoyed downloading all the updates of 25mb.

Best Buy's greatest contribution to Win 8 will be to drive people in to what few MS Stores there are. Microsoft can't build those stores fast enough.

Having installed Windows 8 Release Preview on my Dell Studio XPS (without touch screen).
I was able to play around the Windows 8 at Best Buy today. I was having problem with the touch UI, because I've been using mouse and keyboard for a long time. I was lost on how to access charm, close the app and moving around screen scrolling. But over all, I LOVE it! the UI is more intuitive than the Release Preview version that I have on my Dell. Looking forward to get a hand on the surface RT and Pro later on.

Svggarden said,
Having installed Windows 8 Release Preview on my Dell Studio XPS (without touch screen).
I was able to play around the Windows 8 at Best Buy today. I was having problem with the touch UI, because I've been using mouse and keyboard for a long time. I was lost on how to access charm, close the app and moving around screen scrolling. But over all, I LOVE it! the UI is more intuitive than the Release Preview version that I have on my Dell. Looking forward to get a hand on the surface RT and Pro later on.

Charm bar = Swipe from the right side of the screen.

I am personally waiting until second generation PC's arrive before I make a purchase. That means: Haswell, 24 GBs DDR4, next gen GPU from nVidia or AMD, 1 TB SSD.

Mr. Dee said,
I am personally waiting until second generation PC's arrive before I make a purchase. That means: Haswell, 24 GBs DDR4, next gen GPU from nVidia or AMD, 1 TB SSD.

You might be waiting quite a while to pick one of them up from Best Buy

Mr. Dee said,
I am personally waiting until second generation PC's arrive before I make a purchase. That means: Haswell, 24 GBs DDR4, next gen GPU from nVidia or AMD, 1 TB SSD.

You could be waiting up to five years for that XD

Mr. Dee said,
I am personally waiting until second generation PC's arrive before I make a purchase. That means: Haswell, 24 GBs DDR4, next gen GPU from nVidia or AMD, 1 TB SSD.

Intel HD5000 will be pretty Boss from what i have heard

djdanster said,

You might be waiting quite a while to pick one of them up from Best Buy

Just in time for the Windows 9 release!

thealexweb said,

You could be waiting up to five years for that XD

I think by that time, Broadwell will be the new generation of CPU cores from Intel. I am waiting on Haswell which is the Micro architecture which will be available in new systems by May next year. It adds at least a 20% performance boost over Ivy Bridge systems according to Intel while reducing the amount of power used.

Bought a PC at my Best Buy last night and they had trouble finding my model on the shelf, it was the last one. While waiting heard them telling the sales associate not to use the ones on the right which were the same model because they were loaded with Win 8.

Their PC department was pretty barren to say the least when I was there. Probably because of them prepping for 8.

grayscale said,
Why do they have to zoom in instead of showing the entire Start screen?

Probably because it is a demo... which showing the users what Windows 8 is about... which is probably that demo has 'zoom in' effect ...

Unless the user was having fun with messing with the screen resolution which it was changed to 800 x 600 something like that..

grayscale said,
Why do they have to zoom in instead of showing the entire Start screen?

It could be a demo video that they have playing on the computers.

shozilla said,

Unless the user was having fun with messing with the screen resolution which it was changed to 800 x 600 something like that..

Windows 8 can't be changed to 800 x 600 by default. Min is 1024 x 768.

Jose_49 said,

Windows 8 can't be changed to 800 x 600 by default. Min is 1024 x 768.

I didn't say 'by default'... I was saying that someone who was shopping at best buy and took a look at those Windows 8 devices and probably changed the settings before the next shopper takes a look .... I don't care what resolutions Windows 8 has... like I said "something like that"

I have not seen those Windows 8 devices yet... if I did, I would know the resolutions by now.

Besides I know it is a demo with zoom in effect which allows the shoppers to see the close-up to see what Windows 8 is all about.

i live in Landrum, SC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should go to Greenville, SC!!!!! it is 45 minutes away. i usually go to Spartanburg though. unless that is the one in greer.

Ezekiel Carsella said,
i live in Landrum, SC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I should go to Greenville, SC!!!!! it is 45 minutes away. i usually go to Spartanburg though. unless that is the one in greer.

who is your constituent in greenville?