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    Upgrade from windows 8 Enterprise Trial


    I have a sony vaio laptop.
    I recently installed windows 8 enterprise trial to test windows 8.
    Can I use the upgrade option (windows 8 pro) from this link (Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows) ?
    The only way I can prove that I am a legitimate windows vista user , now that I have formatted the whole disk and installed windows 8 enterprise trial , is by a ticket with windows vista serial number on the bottom of the laptop.
    Thank you.

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    You cannot upgrade from the WIndows 8 enterprise trial...they were very clear about this.

    You will need to re-install your copy of Vista and then upgrade from that copy of Vista.
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    Are you sure about this?
    Don't they offer windows 8 pro in a bootable format?
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    Yes, they do. It's the System Builder/OEM version and it's $140 retail.
    Amazon.com: Windows 8 Professional System Builder DVD 64-Bit: Software

    Here is an article describing concerns of using the Windows 8 enterprise eval
    Windows 8 RTM 90-day free trial available to all, but seriously, don’t do it | VentureBeat

    And specifically the drawbacks

    The 90-day free trial comes with a lot of drawbacks. Microsoft writes:
    The evaluation edition will expire and cannot be upgraded.
    To upgrade, the evaluation must be uninstalled and a nonevaluation version of Windows must be reinstalled from your original installation media.
    Consider running the evaluation edition in a virtual environment or installing on a separate hard drive or partition. The will allow you to upgrade your original Windows installation to Windows 8.
    During registration (required) you must log in with a Microsoft account and provide your name, e-mail address, and country.
    You are required to activate the product online within 10 days after installing.
    Once the evaluation is installed, you cannot upgrade. To revert to a previous version of Windows, you must do a clean install from your original installation media.

    Read more at Windows 8 RTM 90-day free trial available to all, but seriously, don’t do it | VentureBeat
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    Oh I just saw the relevant thread about clean installation.
    How can I install now windows vista again with only their serial number?
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    I am sorry, but no upgrades was very clear.

    There is a workaround, .
    Reinstall the RP and then upgrade with your Vista license.

    Hope it works!
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    TheGrantFitz: What is RP?
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    RP is the release preview version of Windows 8.

    You cannot install Vista with just the key. You would need the installation media as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    I am sorry, but no upgrades was very clear.

    There is a workaround, .
    Reinstall the RP and then upgrade with your Vista license.

    Hope it works!
    You mean I can install windows 8 enterprise trial with my vista key?
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