What You Need to Know About Windows 8 Upgrades

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By The Pit Crew

Here is what you need to know about Windows 8 upgrades.


When Will Windows 8 Be Available?

Speculation on a launch date abounds…however, most stories point to October 2012.

Windows 8 Upgrade Paths


  • *Windows 7 to Windows 8
    If your PC is currently running Windows 7 – you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99.

    A Windows 8 upgrade advisor will be available at windows.com – that will evaulate your system for Windows 8 readiness and process your upgrade purchase.

    This upgrade pricing will only be available from launch (still TBD) until Jan. 31, 2013.

  • *Windows Vista to Windows 8
    If your PC is currently running Windows Vista – you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

    A Windows 8 upgrade advisor will be available at windows.com – that will evaulate your system for Windows 8 readiness and process your upgrade purchase.

    This upgrade pricing will only be available from launch (still TBD) until Jan. 31, 2013.

  • *Windows XP to Windows 8
    If your PC is currently running Windows XP – you will qualify to download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

    A Windows 8 upgrade advisor will be available at windows.com – that will evaulate your system for Windows 8 readiness and process your upgrade purchase.

    This upgrade pricing will only be available from launch (still TBD) until Jan. 31, 2013.

  • Eligible for an upgrade, but don’t want to download?

    If you prefer to get your upgrade on a packaged DVD – this version of Windows 8 Pro will be available for $69.99.

    Buy a New PC

    If you purchase a new PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 – you will be eligible for a $14.99 upgrade to Windows 8.

    Microsoft Announces Availability of Windows Upgrade Offer

    Windows Upgrade Offer Registration

    Bob Rankin: Why You Shouldn’t Wait for Windows 8

    Other Upgrade Resources

    Information Week – Windows 8 Upgrade FAQs

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    44 thoughts on “What You Need to Know About Windows 8 Upgrades

    1. Win 8 smells like disaster, no Start menu, they want to push a whole new interface and forget why Windows is so widely accepted and regarded as easy to use, yup, no Start menu means no dice, I simply don’t like Win8 for that, it feels nice but nop, I’ll stick to Win7, and yup, I have the 2 betas running on a Dell Inspiron Hybrid netbook.

    2. Could anyone simplify this disaster ! ?
      I have Win XP Home Edition since 2002
      Runs slow even after upgrades, downloads for extra storage not any better. We Seniors are getting too old to be confused. Help !

      • @Maria Lue: ya i think you’ll have to reinstall the system at all, it some times happen knowing that since 2002 till now many thing has changed in OS XP not by upgrading can become faster..thank you

    3. I tried Windows 8 and it was AWFUL! The other problem is that I loaded it over my Windows 7 software instead of opting for a dual load. BIG mistake! Had to reload my entire machine to get rid of Windows 8 beta. DON'T upgrade if you don't need it!

    4. Win I is such a radical change from previous OS versions that I would like the ability to select either Win 7 or Win 8 on start-up. Does anyone know if this option will be available if and when Win 8 is downloaded from MSFT?

    5. I love Win 7 and will never go to the ultra-cell phone version. Also, don’t forget the upgrade issue. If you had a license for XP then upgraded to Vista and then upgraded to Win 7, if you need to reinstall Win 7, you have to go all the way back and start with XP and work your way back. Then install hundreds of updates. The low cost of the upgrade seems good right now but it will come back to bite you should you need to reinstall for any reason. No thanks Microsoft.

    6. Had release candidate on my PC and took it off after three days because it was a disaster. Microsoft could have spent more time correcting issues with 7. Networking is still a pretty awful mess. When will Microsoft learn that 7 is not the only OS and deal with the network compatibility issues.
      Yes! just another ME/Vista release.

    7. I don't see any reasons why it's better or why I should consider upgrading at all. What's in it for me to take the risk that it's a piece of crap that shouldn't have been released for another year?

    8. i have a doul core processor im running win 7 home premium 64bit an win 7 pro 64bit can i upgrade to windows 8 pro?

    9. Above mentioned comments give impression that there is no need to upgrade nless one becomes fool. So I am not a fool.

    10. Windows 8 will not have a separate Upgrade Advisor, it is already built into the Windows 8 setup experience
      To download Windows 8 upgrade advisor you need to download Windows8 consumer preview setup and run it on Windows vista or Windows 7. First it will check your PC for compatibility and after that you can select to download windows 8 or stop it there. Its a 4.9 MB setup so easy to download and run.

    11. there is absolutely no need to upgrade to windows 8 unless it is free , if you already run 7 ultimate or what ever version you have then the difference with 8 would be minimal. Unless of course you are a nerd or a geek or an idiot :-))))).

    12. I might use another computer to try Windows 8. I will still keep my main computer on Windows 7 64 bit.

    13. IF I can go from Win xp, Vista and 7 32Bit OS to Windows 8 pro 64bit for $40 then I'd jump at that.If the upgrade was on my main computer going from Win7 64bit to win 8 64bit I'd PASS! Win7 is just fine for me.

    14. My trust of MicroSoft and Windows 8 is lacking due to thier poor developement and support of VISTA. Plus the articles here do not really give me any confidence that Windows 8 is of use or even necessary. It appears to be more like the upgrade from windows 98 to Millenium… more bells and whistles and different appearance but nothing really new. I feel like Windows 7 was fluke out of Microsoft and is not their normal standard of lax space cadet programming that never fully functions!

      • @Mike Ashton: OH! brother you are right on, I had Vista Ultimate, what a pain,I gave it away for free to a friend, mistake that was, I got Win 7 bit better, now I put it into my Mac Pro Laptop just for a game here and there. The cleaners, Virus protection etc. is so D…. annoying, and their crappy updates they try to load in continually on HP printers, that I do not even have or own. I could write these people somewhere about this, but the trouble would be too much, they cannot get this correct, how is the next big #8 going to be, Windows has cost me too much with crashes. XP Pro. is still my favourite, when I want Win.. I am going full out into Mac, very easy to operate and no crashes for many years. MS. should show compassion and give these updates away, and send them out on a DVD. for a backup….Period.
        An update is only a correctional software (to me) not a full OS. be careful, and install on a separate HD. then you are not messing your other XP Vista or what ever you have. Thanks.

          • @Paul Rustine: Incorrect the motherboard you have will tell you how much ram you can have, my motherboard is a MSI K9N it has 4 slots and can take up to 16GB of ram in any combo over the 4 slots but the max is 16GB, the bitrate only is what programs can run at EG: you can only run 32bit programs using the windows 32bit version, I run windows 7 64bit I can run 64bit programs as well as 32bit and I’m sure if I’m incorrect about this I’m sure someone will point it out.

      • @Paul Rustine: If you have the windows 7 32bit disk you should have the 64bit as well unless you were not given it, I have heard of some dealers/computer techs not giving any sort of setup disk with the computers that they makeup for poeple and if this was the case with you, I would be either going back to where you got your computer from and asking for the disk or buying a computer from a reputeable dealer/computer tech next time you get a computer. Also would be a case of whether you have a 64bit processor most newer computers are 64bit compatible, although yours might not be.

        • @Russell Brown: I have 6 gb of memory installed and the system sees it but uses only 4. I do not have the CD as the machine was purchased in Korea and they did not give it to me. I have the COA on the machine from Toshiba.
          I believe that Microsoft will only let you upgrade 32 bit Windows 7 to 32 bit Windows 8. I can buy a full install new copy of Windows 8 when I buy a new machine.

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