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Upgrading to Windows 8.1?

  1. #1


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    Windows 8

    Upgrading to Windows 8.1?


    Hi!
    Just bought a laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed.

    Question is, can I install Windows 8.1 on it? Will I lose my product key? Will it still be a licensed version of Windows?

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  2. #2


    Posts : 835
    Win 8.1 Pro


    yes no yes
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  3. #3


    Posts : 1,093
    Windows 8 Pro Windows 8.1 Preview


    Quote Originally Posted by han003 View Post
    Hi!
    Just bought a laptop with Windows 8 pre-installed.

    Question is, can I install Windows 8.1 on it? Will I lose my product key? Will it still be a licensed version of Windows?
    I would strongly recommend against attempting any upgrade to Win 8.1 on a brand new laptop. This new 8.1 is just in a Preview state right now and I can tell you first hand that you will not see anything that is overwhelmingly new. In fact, you might find that some things have actually disappeared. I only installed 8.1 as a curiosity on my Test rig; however, I would never attempt such an upgrade on a brand new laptop to an unproven Preview version. So, do as you will, but you have been warned. Good luck but I really hope you don't try it at this time.
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  4. #4


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft

    Is Windows 8.1 Preview ready for everyone to try?

    We strongly recommend that only experienced PC users download Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview. Before you download the preview, you should weigh the pros and cons of installing software that's still in development. If you install the preview release, you'll get to try out the many new features, but you might also encounter errors that you wouldn't encounter using a released version of Windows.

    You should consider downloading the preview only if all of the following apply to you:


    You like to use the latest software and enjoy experimenting with new technology.


    You're comfortable backing up a PC, formatting a hard drive, and installing an operating system from scratch.


    You feel comfortable troubleshooting PC problems yourself.


    You don't mind updating software frequently.


    You have or can create installation or recovery media and have the knowledge to restore your previous operating system after you're done testing Windows 8.1 Preview.





    Warning


    Warning

    If you're running Windows RT you won't be able to restore Windows RT after you install Windows RT 8.1 Preview. You'll be able to upgrade to the final version of Windows RT 8.1.


    If installation of Windows RT 8.1 Preview fails on your PC, you may need to contact your PC manufacturer.
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  5. #5


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    Win 8.1 64bit


    Also, keep in mind that the final version of 8.1 is said to be released at the end of August.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The 8.1 update will use your current 8.0 product code. I did the update though the store and had issues that made me reinstall Windows 8. I recommend waiting for the final version, especially if you don't have install media or a set of recovery disks.
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  7. #7


    I'm running 8.1 in Hyper-V as a VM, just to familiarize myself with it.
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  8. #8


    Quote Originally Posted by bassfisher6522 View Post
    I'm running 8.1 in Hyper-V as a VM, just to familiarize myself with it.
    Another option is to install on a separate partition.
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  9. #9


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    It's my understanding that if you put the current 8.1 on,you will not be able to un-install it. So if you do put it on, it's a good ideato create a system image before you install 8.1, or be sure that you will beable to do a factory recovery when you want to install the final release of8.1. Unless a person knows his way around computers, I think it's best to waituntil the final version comes out.
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  10. #10


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    @Frank1, that's my understanding too. You can go from 8 to the 8.1 beta or 8 to the 8.1 final, but you can't go from the 8.1 beta to the 8.1 final release. Not without reinstalling.
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