Apologize if this has been answered already, but I looked through the threads and didn't see it.
I recently purchased the $38 Win8 Pro Upgrade from Microcenter (supposed, marked down from $199). From what I've read here, if I use that to "upgrade" my current Win7 pro install, that invalidated Win7 pro -- something I don't want to do.
But, before I return this (unopened), I though of something that MIGHT work -- and want to get feedback on this.
I used to have Vista on this PC but replaced that with Win7. That was a clean install, not an upgrade. Supposedly, I should be able to upgrade from Vista to Win8.
So, my plan is as follows:
1) Remove the drive currently hold Win7 pro from the PC
2) Stick in another drive, use my MR backup of Vista to restore it to that drive
3) Boot the PC, now running Vista, and use that to download the Win8 ISO.
4) Create bootable Win8 USB stick from that ISO
5) Swap drives -- remove Vista drive, put Win7 drive back
6) Boot from ISO and do "clean install" of Win8.
1) Will this work? Since Vista won't be "present" on the PC during the Win8 install, if it goes looking for that, it won't find it.
2) Will this invalidate the Win7 install? My guess is it should NOT because I upgraded from Vista, not Win7
If folks have reason to believe this won't work, then please tell me -- and I'll return this to Microcenter and wait for the Win8 OEM version to be available.