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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade question

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    Windows 8 Pro Upgrade question

    I have an OEM version of Vista 32-bit Home Premium and Vista 32-bit Home Premium from my old laptop. Are these eligible for the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade?

    And is the "upgrade" just an upgrade (i.e. I have to have Vista installed and the downloaded file only works with an OS installed) or it a full installation ISO with a CD-key?

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    Newport, South Wales, UK
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 x2 Windows 10 Enterprise x64, Ubuntu

    The normal system for OEM has always been that you could upgrade an OEM install with a retail upgrade copy of a new OS but the upgraded OS would take on the restrictions present in the original OEM licence, tied to one system etc.

    I am assuming this will be the case with windows 8, as I have not, (yet), seen any exceptions in the upgrade info but we will only know for sure once windows 8 goes "General Availability" in octiober.

    The same wait and see situation also exists with the format of the upgrade, where-as the pre-release and RTM copies are all ISO it could be the upgrade may be different, even as far as a small download and then a remote web install for the actual inatall, only MS knows for sure at the moment, and they are not saying
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