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Solved Upgrading Windows 8 OEM to Windows 8 Pro


I want to upgrade my installed Windows 8 OEM to Windows 8 Pro. Already have the bits. I'm looking for some practical advice and tips from folks who've already done this.

I'm a long-time computer user, so I'm well acquainted with the general advice for upgrading an OS: backup, unplug peripherals, etc. I'm hoping for specific advice people have for upgrading Windows 8 OEM to Pro.

Before you suggest Google, let me tell you: Search for this topic and you'll find how to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro from earlier versions of Windows, or how to buy Windows 8 Pro. Not my question.

Thanks for your help.

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8


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My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center
    Computer type
    System Manufacturer/Model
    HP ENVY 17-1150eg
    1.6 GHz Intel Core i7-720QM Processor
    6 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5850 Graphics
    Sound Card
    Beats sound system with integrated subwoofer
    Monitor(s) Displays
    17" laptop display, 22" LED and 32" Full HD TV through HDMI
    Screen Resolution
    1600*900 (1), 1920*1080 (2&3)
    Hard Drives
    Internal: 2 x 500 GB SATA Hard Disk Drive 7200 rpm
    External: 2TB for backups, 3TB USB3 network drive for media
    As Envy runs a bit warm, I have it on a Cooler Master pad
    Logitech diNovo Media Desktop Laser (bluetooth)
    Logitech MX1000 Laser (Bluetooth)
    Internet Speed
    50 MB VDSL
    Maxthon 3.5.2., IE11
    Windows Defender 4.3.9431.0
    Other Info
    Windows in English, additional user accounts in Finnish, German and Swedish.

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