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Upgrade to PRo or down grade to Win7 Pro

  • Windows 8
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August 14, 2013 5:48:12 AM

Hello All,

Does anyone have any experience here of upgrade paths in windows. If i was to get some cheap laptops meeting the spec's required but not the features, is it possible to upgrade 8 to pro at what cost?

Or possibly downgrade to another edition such as win 7 pro for the domain features, that seems unlikely?



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August 14, 2013 6:08:11 AM

I don't think there is a formal in-place upgrade path from Win8 to Win8 Pro - I think you can jump the shark by going Win8 to Win8.1 Pro (when it releases in a few months) without having to wipe and reload but I believe you would have to purchase an upgrade key from Microsoft. Microsoft's licensing schema has only gotten more complicated over the last 2 years - it's so much worse at the server level. If I were you, I would wipe and reload - I know it feels like doing surgery with a broad sword but you know exactly what you're getting instead of following the guidelines and then screaming when it doesn't work correctly.

Just my two bits...
August 14, 2013 6:28:18 AM

Im also considering getting a volume of keys and starting from there. I note sure what discount i would get though i suppose it depends on the amount purchased.