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Is it legal to upgrade to Win 8 Pro from the Free Preview Edition?

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    Is it legal to upgrade to Win 8 Pro from the Free Preview Edition?

    I upgraded my Free Preview Edition to Windows 8 Pro with no problems and it runs great. Of the two options it gave me, I chose "Clean Install." The Upgrade Assistant scanned my computer and said that I was allowed to upgrade. The following sources also say that it is legal:

    Computerworld: "Microsoft has said that customers who downloaded and installed the free "Windows 8 Release Preview" will be able to upgrade to the paid version of the OS, but that those running the free trial of Windows 8 Enterprise RTM, or "release to manufacturing," which debuted in August, cannot."

    TechRadar: " can't do a full upgrade from any of the preview versions of Windows 8; you'll need to either restore your previous version of Windows from a backup, do an upgrade that only keeps your files or do a clean installation."

    Microsoft said in an FAQ posted on the company's TechNet support site. "If you have already installed Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview, you will be required to perform a clean install. The installation process will automatically create a 'Windows.old' folder that contains all files from your Windows 8 Consumer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview installation." Computerworld

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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    I have sysimages of this machine with both Win 7 and Win 8 CP, so I should be OK either way.

    I know I can u/g over W7 without issue, as that's what the Win 8 CP setup is, and I know everything works.

    Can't u/g over this as it is the RTM trial...:-(
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    Kat, upgrading from Windows 7 allows you to keep all your files, but thee are some issues:

    1) Your copy of Win 7 is now illegal. You cannot install it onto another computer, because MS won't let you activate it.
    2) Decades of experience has painfully taught us that a clean install is usually the best route to take.
    3) If something fouls up, you've got a problem with your primary operating system.

    I have 7&8 (and XP) all legally installed on my rig. I need to transfer one more program from 7 to 8 and then I'll be done. 7 does run some old games better than 8, so I'll be keeping it.
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    Windows 8 Enterprise 64-bit (7 Ult, Vista & XP in V-Box)

    My W7 setup has had the DP, CP and RP tested on it as upgrades, and is still legal
    and activated, but it looks like I won't be u/g-ing with the retail as I will be keeping
    7 on the other laptop.

    The u/g was a quick & dirty way to test program compatibility, which means I can
    do a clean install knowing that everything will work with 8. And yes, I also have
    decades of experience, I'm no noob, so can deal with any issues that arise. And I
    agree that it can be fraught with those issues.

    So, not a serious problem. And I'm perfectly happy with 8 anyway (now).

    All good.....
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