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Upgarding Windows 8 Home to Windows 8 Pro

  1. #1


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 Home Premium

    Upgarding Windows 8 Home to Windows 8 Pro


    I currently have a HP laptop that has Windows 7 Pro on it. I am due to take delivery a New Dell laptop which has Windows 8 Home. I have just discovered that this version will not allow me to remote desktop from work to my home laptop as my Windows 7 Pro does.

    Can you advised me the best way of getting Windows 8 pro onto the new PC with losing all the install software the comes with. I know I can just purchase Windows8 pro but will this not wipe out all the install programs?

    Thanks in advance for you help.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Please see this add features tutorial. Add features takes the place of anytime upgrade.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 11
    Windows 8 Home Premium


    Thanks Znod

    Have you any idea how much it costs?

    Regards
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  4. #4


    Posts : 2,156
    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    You are very welcome. Looks like $99.99 U.S. currently at Newegg--possibly for non-OEM upgrade. Pricing is hard to find. I have found a price of $69.99 U.S.--might be OEM--can't tell.
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  5. #5


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by cldcp00
    I am due to take delivery a New Dell laptop which has Windows 8 Home

    Quote Originally Posted by cldcp00
    Can you advised me the best way of getting Windows 8 pro onto the new PC with losing all the install software the comes with. I know I can just purchase Windows8 pro but will this not wipe out all the install programs?
    Welcome to EightForums.

    The legal way to upgrade is with Windows 8 Pro Pack.

    To upgrade Windows 8 core, you need to use the Pro Pack.

    To upgrade to Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.

    Add Features to Windows 8
    or
    use the Windows 8 Pro OEM full version.

    To upgrade to Pro OEM full version.
    No install files needed.
    Only the Product key is need.
    Add Features to Windows 8
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    you can buy it direct from MS for about $69.. but unless you REALLY LIKE Win8, I wouldn't waste my money, I'd go back to Win7... and for your question regarding wiping out old info , no, it won't wipe any files unless you tell it to do a clean install.. it asks if you want to maintain all your pics and documents, and old settings.. that leaves everything you had and just installs PRO ...
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  7. #7


    The 8 pro pack is now $99 after the low priced offers expired at the end of January.

    Yes, it costs $99 to go from Windows 8 to Windows 8 pro, when previously you could upgrade Windows XP Home to Windows 8 Pro for $40.
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  8. #8


    yes, I bought mine about 3 weeks ago direct from MS.. much cheaper then than now.. got a new apple ? thing for Christmas, about $800 or $900 worth, tried it, HATED it.. took it back, took the money and bought a winch for my jeep.. I don't have that touchy feely crap on my phone, don't do texting, don't like the idea I couldn't just load OFFICE or any of my programs I was used to, I'm old school IBM computer, take them apart blind folded, I have every disc all the way back to the commodores' in fact, just gave away a commodore, printer, and all a month ago.. don't know why I've kept all the discs, the originals are actually floppys and 3 1/2s.. got all the older Office programs, and so forth..
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  9. #9


    West Auckland
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    What's wrong with the free Real VNC?
    You can access through a browser using Java, so a locked down work computer can still access.

    Free VNC costs less than the 8 Pro upgrade.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Well, VNC is really only useful on a local area network. VNC's cursor lag is virtually unusable over the internet.
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