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AFAIK, there won't be a standalone. You can use the upgrade version to do a format and fresh install as well. Only diff is for digital version or for physical media.
Groupon South Africa announced that it will offer the long-awaited Windows 8 Pro Microsoft software to consumers on 25 October at up to 70% off the recommended retail price of R2,000.
I'm happy with Windows 7 64-bit Home Premium on my desktop pc.
Maybe when I get a new laptop, and it comes preinstalled with Windows 8, I might give it another try.