Doing my first build and need advise on best route to take for the OS.
I would like to install Windows 8.1 Pro on my new build and in looking at the different options, it would appear that I need to get the Windows 8.1 Pro system builder OEM DVD to do it. I am also a college student on a limited budget, so I am always looking to get the best deal I can, so I had another thought.
I have a Windows XP professional SP3 disc, that I have used to re-install XP Pro on my current Pentium machine whenever I formatted or had a problem that required repair. Microsoft offers a Windows 8 Pro upgrade student offer download on their site, which I can take advantage of with my student ID at a much cheaper price. What would be the best course to take on this new build?
1) - install Windows XP Pro SP3 on the new build from the disc I currently have, then purchase the Windows 8 Pro upgrade student offer - upgrade to 8 Pro with the download - then upgrade to 8.1 Pro for free
2) - purchase the Windows 8.1 Pro system builder DVD and go from there
I really would love it if the XP Pro SP3 to Win 8 Pro upgrade would work as it would save me some much needed bucks, but I don't want to mess up anything on my new system either. Any thoughts on whether this XP Pro to 8 Pro to 8.1 Pro would work with no problems?