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Windows 8 RP to Final is valid

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    Windows 8 RP to Final is valid


    According to The Verge:

    "Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer will also apply to users of the Release Preview edition, the company has revealed. The deal, that lets Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99, will be offered to Release Preview users once the final version is available. However, a previous valid license of Windows will be required for upgrade eligibility."

    The offer to get Windows 8 Pro is accepted with your previous windows 7, vista, or XP license or product key.

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    If a previous (XP, Vista or 7) valid license of Windows will be required for upgrade eligibility then where is the difference? If I'm a Release preview user but don't hae any valid license from a previous version, I'm not elligible to the $40 upgrade? Say I test it on a new, blank, unused computer?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fredledingue View Post
    If a previous (XP, Vista or 7) valid license of Windows will be required for upgrade eligibility then where is the difference? If I'm a Release preview user but don't hae any valid license from a previous version, I'm not elligible to the $40 upgrade? Say I test it on a new, blank, unused computer?
    I think what the deal is the RP is using a generic key that is used by everyone to upgrade. MS wants to make sure that you have a valid copy of either (XP, Vista or 7) to do the upgrade from 8PR to 8RTM. I don't know if the upgrade process will allow you to enter say the Win 7 key to validate your upgrade from RP to RTM or not. Or will it just scan your system to find it and perform the validation??

    EDIT: and according to Computer World you lose all of your programs and settings when you go from RP to RTM. I did a re-install of Win7 today so I can do a instillation of Win8 on the 26th and not lose all of programs or settings. All I have to do then is just update the drivers and adjust the look of Win8. It should be easy peasy from then on.

    EDIT 2: Here is the link to Computer World.. FAQ: Microsoft offers cheapest-ever Windows upgrade - Computerworld

    In follow-up answers, Microsoft said that users running Windows 8 Release Preview -- the newer of the two sneak peeks, shipped on May 31 -- can upgrade using the Windows.com upgrade tool and pay the $40.
    However, the only bits that are retained during that upgrade are personal data files. Other elements, including the applications, Windows settings and user accounts that migrate from Windows 7, do not.
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    Windows 8 Release Preview users can upgrade to final edition for $39.99 with prior valid license
    Windows 8 Release Preview users can upgrade to final edition for $39.99 with prior valid license | The Verge

    Microsoft's Windows 8 Pro upgrade offer will also apply to users of the Release Preview edition, the company has revealed. The deal, that lets Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7 users upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99, will be offered to Release Preview users once the final version is available. However, a previous valid license of Windows will be required for upgrade eligibility.


    Microsoft tells us that if you had a "previous version of Windows that qualified on the PC already and installed Windows 8 Release Preview on top of it, you still qualify for the upgrade," because of the previous installation of Windows. Users who clean install a version of Release Preview "on top" of a previous version of Windows (Xp, Vista, Windows 7) will also be eligible for the upgrade. The software maker cites a method of installing Windows 8 Release Preview on a Mac running OS X as an example of how you would have to pay for a full copy of Windows 8. "You would need to get the System Builder version instead of the upgrade to run on that Mac," says a Microsoft spokesperson.


    The cheaper upgrade path is expected to be made available primarily through online downloads when Windows 8 launches later this year. Microsoft is currently preparing final builds of Windows 8, with an expected RTM due later this month and a release to the public tentatively scheduled for mid-October, according to those familiar with the company's plans.
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