I have a question
I am currently using Windows 8 Release Preview 64-Bit on my laptop. I do have genuine Windows 7 Home Premium 64 Bit, but it is not installed at the moment.
Will I be able to upgrade from Windows 8 RP to Windows 8 Pro at R299?
Is the whole ISO 2GB? I'm using the upgrade assistant from windows 7 and it started my 2GB download but I want a fresh install from the ISO not just an upgrade, is the 2GB file just an upgrade?
I am also affected by the Afrihost issue.
Afrihost tell me they are trying to get Microsoft to resolve the issue. Lets hope it happens soon.
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That wasn't too bad, my personal experience dispelled quite a few myths Hope the following will be helpful. Upgrade was done on a 5 year old Lenovo Z61e and I did not encounter one single driver issue, everything just work first time.
- Download process. First of all, as stated elsewhere, the Microsoft download page states that the upgrade costs R299. Upon running the wizard, the purchase price was in USD, not Rand. I tried to report this issue to MS but the feedback was dismal. I went ahead and paid via PayPal. Download took about 45 minutes on my 6Mps line. Afterwards the process took quite a while to verify and build the ISO.
- Installation I chose to boot from a DVD with the ISO burnt on it. The wizard asked for the product key upfront. Here's good news!, I chose advanced install, deleted/created/formatted a new partition and held my breath. Lo and behold, when Windows 8 boot for the first time the activation was already done! So, this is official, you can do a clean install without having the original OS installed and you do not have to activate afterwards. Note: when you run the upgrade wizard it gives you 32-bit/64-bit depending on your base system, you can not use the ISO to install 64-bit in this way. I suppose you need to get hold of a 64-bit ISO elsewhere.
- Windows 8 Media Center Pack. Asked for the key here, key was emailed a few hours later and installed without a problem. Tried to play a movie DVD but it complained about screen res, still not sure how to play DVD without a third-party app.
- Office 2003 installation. Encountered an error but click "ignore" and it installed and activate fine.
So, if you got it in your head, you've got it in a nutshell! Will give further feedback if anything comes up.
so what if someone is running an older windows that for whatever reason is not licensed? how does one purchase windows 8?
the world is not what it seems
Is it necessary to do an ISO backup of the OS before I upgrade?
I figured this out today:
How to get Windows 8 Pro for $15
This method will work with any qualifying version of Windows 7 which is essentially all versions. Go to:
and register for the upgrade. Make sure you use Internet Explorer (NOT Chrome or Firefox) on a real Windows computer, NOT a virtual pc or mac. This will allow you to complete the registration without having to enter a product key. Select "other" for brand of computer and "desktop" for model of computer.
Once you receive you discount code, download the upgrade assistant on that same PC or even in a virtual machine, follow the instructions, pay using credit card or PayPal, make sure you enter the discount code to get the price lowered from $40 to $15. You should then receive an email from Microsoft instantly with your new product key for Windows 8 Pro. You can then download the installer and install Windows 8 with that key.
I'm currently downloading Windows 8 (2GB) within Parallels on my Mac. The version of Windows 7 installed in Parallels is the Enterprise version I got for free mentioned here:
This means that you don't actually have to buy Windows 7 at all to get Windows 8 Pro for $15. Also, this method will allow you to purchase 5 product keys at $15 each.