Might I ask how you purchased the upgrade on another PC and then went to your Eval. machine. I mean what steps did you take? I have laptop, 32-bit, I could do this on, then go on from there. I like it that Microsoft did this, let people use the Evaluation and then not let you upgrade. Real cute Microsoft.
I actually performed the download on the Enterprise Eval. PC, using a link from the purchase verification email. I had the downloader save the package as an .iso. From the .iso, I made a bootable USB flash drive to do the actual installation.
From what others have posted, there may be other ways to work around the limitations of the Upgrade Assistant. It'd be nice if there was some way to spoof it into offering a 64 bit download from a machine running a 32 bit OS, but I haven't seen one yet.
Reminder: the introductory upgrade download offer end at the end of January, at which time the Win8 Pro upgrade price goes to $200US (from $40). I don't know what the non-Pro upgrade version will cost, but I expect that it will be in line with Win7 (roughly $100).
Thank you bobkn. I want to make sure I am understanding you correct. You used the Win7 X64 machine and bought Windows 8. You got email from Microsoft with link (nothing was put on the Win7 X64 machine pertaining to upgrading, right?) that you opened on Eval Machine and you saved .iso on the Eval Machine. Use the .iso to make a bootable USB flash drive and then did the install. You might be thinking "what is the matter with this guy". Brain does not work well after seizures & I have to know step by step so that I do not make mistake. I do not want to screw up my Laptop. I would get mad at myself & wife would get mad at me. Thank you for your understanding. and thanks for the help.
I purchased Win 8 from a Win7 32 bit Laptop, but did not run the upgrade or download the iso.
I then re-booted the laptop to a copy of Win Enterprise 8 64 bit (a second hard drive) and downloaded the iso (which came down as 64 bit as I was downloading from a 64bit OS) which I burned to DVD.
I formatted the drive and installed Win 8 Pro 64bit on the clean drive.
The download started on the Win7 X64 machine, but I cancelled it there. There was plenty of time to cancel the download, because it's about 3GB in size.
The link in the verification email (which Microsoft provides to allow the installer to be re-downloaded if needed) leads to installation of a downloader. That installed and ran on Win8 Enterprise Eval.
Let me remind you that, as far as I know, the Upgrade Assistant will only permit you to buy the installer of the same "bitness" as the OS the Assistant is run on; 32 bit from 32 bit, 64 from 64. It wasn't an issue for me, but I imagine that quite a few people would like to switch to X64.
The laptop is Win7 X32 and the Eval Machine is X32. that should work. I think I will tackel this in the am so that I have the whole day.
Thanks all & will let you know what happens.
W8 Enterprise evaluation edition is simply just that - a time limited evaluation edition. It Doesn't qualify for an upgrade -- simple -- end of.
BUT : You merely need to supply a VALID product number of the qualifying product -- the OS you are actually running on the computer doesn't have to be itself a qualifying product.
What is unclear -- the FAQ says an individual customer is limited to 5 upgrade purchases only. - Whether the same product key would work for a 2nd upgrade copy -- can't say -- or what would happen with a product key given to you by a colleague who isn't interested in upgrading.
While there is confusion here over how many times the qualifying product key can be used -- what IS OK is that if the QUALIFYING PRODUCT KEY is valid you are eligible for the download WHATEVER OS is currently running on your PC including LINUX.
One thing that WON'T work however (and your computer might also be blacklisted) is using one of THESE editions of Windows (screenshot enc).
Can you give a link to that FAQ. (Can't find it on the UK MS store).the FAQ says an individual customer is limited to 5 upgrade purchases only
Reading the wording in your quote I would have interpreted that as being a restriction on how many times a customer can 'purchase' upgrade license codes - ie 5 different purchase transactions which will result in getting 5 different codes (possibly allowing the reduced upgrade price on up to 5 PC's only) which is not the same as being entitled to install Win8 using the same code 5 times or downloading/installing 5 times on the same pc.
I hope that when the current promotional offer for the Win8 Pro upgrade ($40US) goes away, so does the Upgrade Assistant. I'd prefer to be able to buy and download Win8 licenses directly from the Microsoft Store, without a layer of foolproofing that adds barriers to downloading the software for perfectly legitimate use.
I admit that I'll probably try to buy a couple more Win8 upgrade licenses before the deal expires in a few days. I may even want to buy more licenses than I have machines (within the 5 copy limit); I hope that the dreaded Upgrade Assistant allows me to do that without too much effort.