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windows8pro Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro [How To]You can upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, released on October 26th, 2012 in a number of ways. This guide will show you your options and show you how to upgrade based on your choice:

  • Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 via upgrade Disc
  • Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 via online purchase
  • Upgrade a Windows 7 PC purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013
  • Order a PC with Windows 8 Pre-installed
  • Try before you buy

Note: Prices listed are in USD and will vary by locality.

If you’re upgrading from a previous version of Windows, here’s what will carry through the upgrade:

Upgrading from:What you can keep:
Windows 8 PreviewPersonal files
Windows 8 Developer PreviewNothing, but your old files will be saved in the “windows.old” folder
Windows 7Software programs; Windows settings; personal files
Windows VistaWindows settings; personal files
Windows XPPersonal files

Note: If you are running a 32-bit version of Windows XP, Vista, or 7, and wish to upgrade to 64-bit Windows, backup your settings and personal files as these will not be kept during the upgrade.

Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 via upgrade Disc

Upgrade discs are available for purchase ($70) from Amazon.com, Best Buy, and other major retailers as well as the Microsoft Store (after October 26th.) The upgrade disc will cost $70, although you may find companies offering discounts or promotions around the launch of Windows 8. This offer is valid until January, 2013.

Upgrade from Windows XP, Vista, or 7 via online purchase

From October 26 onward, you can purchase and download a Windows 8 Pro upgrade (download) for $40 from the Microsoft Store. This offer is valid until January, 2013.

Upgrade a Windows 7 PC purchased between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013

If you purchased a PC with Windows 7 pre-installed between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you can upgrade to Windows 8 for $14.99. Be sure to register for the offer at windowsupgradeoffer.com by February 28, 2013.

Order a PC with Windows 8 Pre-installed

surface Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro [How To]If you want to dive in an try Windows 8 without installing or upgrading yourself, it may be time to consider some new hardware. The market will be saturated with Windows 8-ready touch screen devices this holiday season. Top touch screen picks include the Dell XPS 12 and, running on Windows 8 RT, the Surface.

Try before you buy

If you’re still not ready to buy, you can download the Windows 8 Release Preview (valid until January 15, 2013) as a Virtual Machine with VirtualBox.

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 Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro [How To]

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Comments

  • Shi

    A little confused about upgrading from 32bit version to 64 bit version, sites say cant use the online upgrade but need an upgrade disk. Can I get that online and make the dvd or do I need to buy it.

    • http://richr.org/ Rich

      Both the disc and online upgrade will let you upgrade your 32-bit installation of a prior version of Windows to 64-bit Windows 8; however, you will lose settings and files–so backup first.

      As a side note, when you upgrade to Windows 8, you’ll have the option to “Install by creating media”, which will allow you to burn an install DVD at no extra cost.

  • focu

    what to do when windows 8 will not complete ?


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