1. Loz Blake's Avatar
    So i'm utterly confused. I have Windows 7 running on my PC currently, it's not legitimate, however I'd like to buy Windows 8 and install it on my computer, however I don't have a clue what I should buy. Theres the Microsoft upgrade download edition which I'd love to buy, however I'm guessing I can't upgrade my version of Windows 7 as it doesn't have a valid key? Or does it not matter as long as I've bought Windows 8?

    I've looked online for a version which will let me install Windows 8 out right without any upgrades however I can't find them anywhere, it's quite frustrating to be honest, could anyone advise me?

    10-25-2012 05:51 AM
  2. tommohammed's Avatar
    I'm confused too, and was hoping I could buy it on their website come midnight. 12:05am of the 26th here in New Zealand but nope, no midnight launch :(
    10-25-2012 06:05 AM
  3. chriscookz's Avatar
    I'm confused too, and was hoping I could buy it on their website come midnight. 12:05am of the 26th here in New Zealand but nope, no midnight launch :(
    I think I heard somewhere that they're announcing the product to the rest of the world ahead of time (like the announcement in China the other day) but they won't actually be AVAILABLE to the world until the 26th in the US.

    And I have no idea about which Windows 8 to upgrade with. I'm just buying a new computer that comes with it :-/.
    10-25-2012 07:18 AM
  4. cj-m's Avatar
    I got a Win 8 System builder off Amazon for $ 100...and Win 8 Pro with a $ 30 promotional discount from Amazon, I would suggest you look at them.
    "Windows 8 System Builder is for pre-installation on a new personal computer or installation on a computer that is not currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP. "

    Hope this helps.
    10-25-2012 08:30 AM
  5. Loz Blake's Avatar
    A member of the family has a Windows 7 ultimate partner key which i've been able to get hold of luckily. So if my understanding is correct, I should be able to input that key into my current Windows 7 install which will make it legitimated, and then upgrade Windows 8 Pro over that? I must admit this has all been very badly explained by Microsoft.
    10-25-2012 08:43 AM
  6. Vallos's Avatar
    I'm not sure if this will help with your invalid Windows 7, but here is clarification from Microsoft Store:

    Windows 8 Pro
    If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC.

    Windows 8 Pro-Pack
    If your PC is running Windows 8, you can get Windows 8 Pro Pack and enjoy all the features of Windows 8 Pro. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store.
    10-25-2012 08:51 AM
  7. Loz Blake's Avatar
    There's just no explanation of what to do if you have your own hardware and no copy of windows, unfortunately Microsoft's opinion seems to be, buy new hardware.
    10-25-2012 09:23 AM
  8. Jonah P's Avatar
    Amazon.com: Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit: Software

    This is the System Builder. This is how you install a fresh operating on a system that currently does not have an operating system. This is the non-upgrade version. I am confused because it does say "No Operating System" under the platform on Amazon so I don't know what that means but this is the only option for fresh/new installs.

    Hope that helps.
    10-25-2012 09:31 AM
  9. palandri's Avatar
    Topics on unlicensed/hacked software are not allowed in the forum. Closed
    10-25-2012 09:33 AM