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Can the $40 Windows 8 upgrade patch straight to 8.1?

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    Can the $40 Windows 8 upgrade patch straight to 8.1?


    I bought the $40 Windows 8 upgrade when they first began offering it a while ago. I haven't activated it yet so I'm assuming I can still use it (no expiration or anything like that right?). I was wondering if I could upgrade directly to Windows 8.1 though (I'm a little confused by some of the information here). From what I understand I want Windows 8.1 Update. Will I need to pay more if I'm upgrading from Windows 7 > Windows 8 > Windows 8.1 Update? Just very confused at this point and looking to understand what's what before I go installing stuff Thank you for any help.

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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by johnpliz View Post
    I bought the $40 Windows 8 upgrade when they first began offering it a while ago. I haven't activated it yet so I'm assuming I can still use it (no expiration or anything like that right?). I was wondering if I could upgrade directly to Windows 8.1 though (I'm a little confused by some of the information here). From what I understand I want Windows 8.1 Update. Will I need to pay more if I'm upgrading from Windows 7 > Windows 8 > Windows 8.1 Update? Just very confused at this point and looking to understand what's what before I go installing stuff Thank you for any help.
    You should be able to without any extra costs.

    I upgraded 8 OEM to 8 Pro with the $40 Propack & then to 8.1 Pro through the Store free.
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    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post

    You should be able to without any extra costs.

    I upgraded 8 OEM to 8 Pro with the $40 Propack & then to 8.1 Pro through the Store free.
    Great, thanks for the confirmation! I was having a tough time trying to find a clear answer In your opinion is it worth upgrading from Windows 7? I'm not too worried about the difference in UI as I could get familiar with that (and from what I hear there are skins to replicate Win7). More curious as to whether its technically a better OS than 7 i.e. stability/compatibility/safer in terms of viruses to warrant an upgrade.
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    Harrisonburg, Va.
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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    All I can say is, I have it & like it.
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    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    You may try this: Windows 8/8.1 Upgrade assistant

    Check if drivers are there available for Win 8/8.1 if PC is OEM machine.

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    Skip Windows 8.0, go directly to Windows 8.1. Follow Option One here: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    It will take the $40 Windows 8.0 key you purchased.
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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Skip Windows 8.0, go directly to Windows 8.1. Follow Option One here: Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

    It will take the $40 Windows 8.0 key you purchased.
    ^ This is what I did. Worked great.
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