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    I have a question.

    If I buy a Windows 8 computer, but need Windows 8 Pro... How do I upgrade?

    Anyone have any idea? Cause the cheap upgrades are for Windows 7 and older.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Coolknight1968 View Post
    I have a question.

    If I buy a Windows 8 computer, but need Windows 8 Pro... How do I upgrade?

    Anyone have any idea? Cause the cheap upgrades are for Windows 7 and older.
    If you buy a new PC between now and January 31, an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro is $14.99. Windows Upgrade Offer - Program Information
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    Quote Originally Posted by lak611 View Post
    If you buy a new PC between now and January 31, an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro is $14.99. Windows Upgrade Offer - Program Information
    Yes, but I read that this offer is only for Windows 7 and lower versions. Is it not possible to update Windows 8 to 8 Pro like it was with Windows 7?
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    To go from vanilla win 8 to pro you have to buy the pro pack upgrade for like $70. You can get in stores or by choosing to add features to windows and getting online.
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    Going through this myself now. Officially you have to buy the "Pro Pack" from Microsoft which is 50 (yup, I'm still British!). Luckily I had a 50 voucher from when they messed up my Surface order so I just used that, however if you don't want to pay that amount I would suggest the following:

    • Find a Windows 7 machine (any kind will do)
    • Go through the upgrade process which allows you to buy the pro upgrade for 24 (or 14 if you have a Windows 7 key you can use to get the discount)
    • Don't upgrade that machine, instead choose to download the iso image
    • Using the Windows 7 USB iso tool, create a bootable USB drive
    • Now install Windows 8 pro using that USB drive on your laptop. The license key will work but it will need to be a clean install


    Unfortunately it's not the simplest of processes but it is the cheapest. Alternatively if you want the quick easy route you can just search "upgrade windows" in your Windows 8 start screen and follow the on screen instructions to download/install the pro pack. It will just cost you that full 50.
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