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Solved Win 8 Release preview to Win 8 Pro


canuck257

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I don't know if this has been covered elsewhere but I'm wondering if I can upgrade my RP to 8 Pro keeping all the settings that I have now. I'm assuming that it will be just like upgrading from 7 or XP?
 

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theog

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Yes, you should be OK, I had NO problem.
 

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canuck257

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Yes, you should be OK, I had NO problem.
Thank you theog, much appreciated. Does that mean the Win 8 Pro is already available?
 

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MS has said that it will upgrade from RP but will only save personal files and will wipe the OS and Programs. Basically a clean install.

Jim :cool:
 

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MudaThuka

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On roughly the same subject, I have Windows 8 Release Preview and was wondering if I can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for the offer of £24.99? Or do I have to pay the full £49.99 for a disc copy?

Sorry if you already answered and I'm just being stupid lol
 

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On roughly the same subject, I have Windows 8 Release Preview and was wondering if I can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for the offer of £24.99? Or do I have to pay the full £49.99 for a disc copy?

Sorry if you already answered and I'm just being stupid lol
I've just fished installing Windows 8 Pro, I though I'd have to install over Win 7 or XP, none of that just installed straight over the release preview. They give you a key when you download, use that. Not once was I asked about any previous version of Windows and there were none on the HDD.

Maybe I was just lucky I don't know, not that it would have mattered, I have at least 5 liscences for Windows 7 and Vista, XP etc.
 

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MudaThuka

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Thanks, shall give it a go now :)
 

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Let me know how it works. I actually just installed on a new computer I built that had Windows 7 installed but no key (30 day grace period) and it installed without a hitch. I reformatted my HD as well. I just hope I don't start getting black screened and have to go back and install a previous valid version of windows, then reinstall windows 8. I just don't get it, technically my install isn't valid according to MS. It says right on the upgrade page, "To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7." I was expecting it to ask me for a valid Key from a previous version of windows, but it never did... When I go into system in Win 8 it says my version of windows is authentic. I've heard other reports of this as well when people upgraded from releaes preview.
 

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tangorade

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Let me know how it works. I actually just installed on a new computer I built that had Windows 7 installed but no key (30 day grace period) and it installed without a hitch. I reformatted my HD as well. I just hope I don't start getting black screened and have to go back and install a previous valid version of windows, then reinstall windows 8. I just don't get it, technically my install isn't valid according to MS. It says right on the upgrade page, "To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7." I was expecting it to ask me for a valid Key from a previous version of windows, but it never did... When I go into system in Win 8 it says my version of windows is authentic. I've heard other reports of this as well when people upgraded from releaes preview.
I'm going to try this right now. If it works, it'll be like Christmas morn in this household, I'll sashay till my hips give out!
 

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tangorade

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Glad to report that it works! Just like dproberts55 above me, I used a Win7 retail disc and did a clean reformat. I did not enter a serial number and left the OS on 30-day trial mode.
I went to the Windows 8 upgrade page and downloaded the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and made the purchase from there.
My guess is that the Upgrade Assistant never checked for a product key!!
This is great news especially since I've never owned a Windows OS (had a volume-licensed WinXP then a pirated Win7 in my teens). Feels good to finally have a legit OS for my homebrew.
I was able to burn my DVD ISO and do a clean reformat using that Win8 disc.
Thanks to dproberts55 for posting his results and making it known this is even possible.
To Microsoft, thanks for letting the few of us that have been too broke to afford your excellent OS finally get on the bandwagon. Now that I have Win8 Pro, I won't mind shelling out another $40 for Win9 in a few years. Microsoft now has a new loyal customer..

I almost forgot to mention, after I entered my payment information (credit card number, billing address) and clicked the "make purchase" button (or whatever it says), the Upgrade Assistant said that the purchase could not be completed. So I clicked "back" (you're never supposed to do this) and rechecked my payment information (card number, etc.). I clicked "make purchase" again and again it failed. I then used a completely different card and the purchase went through. I later checked my checking account via online banking and I had BEEN CHARGED THE FIRST TWO TIMES!! YES, THE FIRST TWO THAT HAD SUPPOSEDLY FAILED!
I don't know if anyone else has experienced this or will experience it but those 3 charges, each for $39.99 work out to being just under the price for Windows 8 "System Builder" DVD on Newegg for $140!
I called Microsoft and they politely informed me that I'll be given a refund (seriously, bless them, they're too good to us) but I wondered if this was Microsoft's way of getting close to fair market value for their new OS..
I'm just happy I got Win8 Pro.
 

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