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Has right to install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade expired?

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    Has right to install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade expired?


    Some 12 months ago, I purchased 3 copies of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade and a recovery DVD from Microsoft. I upgraded a PC running Vista Home Premium to Windows 8 Pro with no problems whatsoever. However, I was less than impressed withe the OS and the other two copies have remained unused.

    Recently, that PC upgraded to Windows 8.1. I was immediately pleased with the result and decided to upgrade another PC. At first, I tried to download 8.1 using the Windows 8 key. It would not work. (I didn't really expect it would!) So I inserted the 32bit DVD while running on Vista, and proceeded to upgrade. Key was accepted OK. Installation seemed to go OK, until the "Devices" setup, PC rebooted after which "Installation unsuccessful...restoring to previous OS" was displayed.

    I tried again, this time installing Windows 8 only...no personal settings, etc. Exactly the same thing happened.

    I read that a clean install could be effected with the DVD, so I rebooted from the DVD and proceeded with the install which seemed to proceed OK until the reboot after "Devices" setup. Briefly I saw the new Windows 8 blue icon, then that disappeared and nothing more happened.

    I tried to repair using the DVD. It found problems it could not fix!

    I made a point of uninstalling AVG prior to attempting upgrade and have read your installation guides. The thing I find surprising is the fact that this PC is very similar, if not identical, to the one that upgraded so easily 12 months ago. I wondered if the right to use the Upgrade Windows 8 Pro had expired. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

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


    I wondered if the right to use the Upgrade Windows 8 Pro had expired.
    NO.

    At first, I tried to download 8.1 using the Windows 8 key. It would not work.
    Take a look at those posts for more info.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    How to download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 key.
    How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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    Thanks for the reply theog. I had seen these links previously, but assumed they applied to the "basic" versions of Windows 8 or 8.1, not the Pro version.

    My initial idea was to upgrade to 8 Pro with the DVD I have, then go to the Store to upgrade to 8.1 Pro (before I had loaded anything else). However, as explained I cannot get the damn thing to accept the install of 8 Pro.

    Will try the link to download 8.1. ( I had heard I must use either a UK or US IP address to do this. Can you advise if this is correct?)

    Again, many thanks.
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    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by sunnyside View Post
    Will try the link to download 8.1. ( I had heard I must use either a UK or US IP address to do this. Can you advise if this is correct?)
    It doesn't matter what is download link (for example: United States, United Kingdom or German), because Windows8-Setup.exe or WindowsSetupBox.exe file is always same.

    en-us English (United States) Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help
    en-gb English (United Kingdom) Upgrading Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help
    en-au English (Australia) Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help
    de-de German Aktualisieren von Windows nur mit einem Product Key - Hilfe zu Microsoft Windows
    fr-fr French Mettre à niveau Windows uniquement à l?aide d?une clé de produit - Aide de Microsoft Windows
    it-it Italian Eseguire l'aggiornamento a Windows con il solo codice Product Key - Guida di Microsoft Windows
    etc.
    Last edited by genet; 19 Jan 2014 at 08:19. Reason: typo
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    Vista Home Premium 32bit


    Thanks a lot genet. I am most interested to see the Australia link there. Will have some time to try this tomorrow. Will report back here after I have had another try. Again, thankyou.
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    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    It might be a driver issue (in which case 8.1 may not be any better for you).

    May be too late to suggest this, but did you run the 8.0 Upgrade Assistant?

    Also some PCs need a BIOS update before they can run Windows 8 -might be worth checking the manufacturer's website?

    Another trick which worked for me on one PC is to change the settings during Setup which offers to download drivers and updates for you, so that it does not download them. In my case the drivers it tried to download caused Blue Screens of Death, and I had to hunt around the manufacturer's website to find a better driver to install manually.

    Edit: to answer your original question... for people upgrading from Vista or XP, Microsoft actually recommend that people upgrade to Windows 8.0 first, and then upgrade to 8.1, and (in the UK at least) we can still buy Windows 8.0 for that purpose from Microsoft's own Store. So it's extremely unlikely in my view that your original upgrade has expired.
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    Thanks DavidY. I had considered that drivers, or lack thereof, could be the problem. Prior to the upgrade attempts, I checked Device Manager, and everything seemed to be up to date. After the upgrade has commenced, I don't see an opportunity to load drivers, if necessary, until installation has completed. I don't get that far.

    The link I used clearky marked "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" took me to the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant. That's when I found I could not use the Windows 8 key to download 8.1.

    I am still intrigued why this has become such a "major production" when my previous upgrade, on an almost identical PC, went so smoothly.

    I will give it one more try tomorrow using the Australia-specific link to download Windows8-Setup.exe and WindowsSetupBox.exe and see how we go. If successful, fine, If not, will abort the upgrade attempt and may...I say MAY, after careful consideration...use an upgrade key to bring one of my Windows 7 64 bit PCs up to 8.1. But I certainly wont be rushing into that.

    Oh, by the way, I did check BIOS. My MB has the latest on board. Thanks again for your help.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    I think the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant should be on this page (below the one for 8.1):
    Upgrade Assistant: FAQ - Microsoft Windows Help

    Another thing to try is disabling things in the BIOS, in order to get it to install, and then install the drivers manually.

    For instance this Forum user had to disable Bluetooth and/or WiFi drivers to get Windows 8.1 to install:
    Windows 8.1 RTM installation fails on Dell XPS 1340
    https://www.eightforums.com/drivers-h...ps-1340-a.html

    What's the make and model of PC?
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    Theog...I don't think it's a hardware problem as the machine with which I am having the problems is identical, hardware-wise, to the one I successfully upgraded 12 months ago. I built the two myself, using identical parts, back in 2007. The only big difference, software-wise, is the fact I did not have AVG Internet Security 2013 nor a TP-Link WiFi adapter installed at that time. With this one, I did uninstall AVG, but not the TP-Link Software. Could be worth doing before my re-attempt...also uninstall Malwarebytes and SuperAntiSpyware while at it!

    I have much work to do....will report back later in the day.
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