Is this an upgrade only or can it be used for new builds? I am building a new system and wondering if you have to have a previous version of windows already installed or can it be installed on a newly formatted hard drive?
asked by B. Murri on October 13, 2012
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That note in the description is incomplete. You may only upgrade from Windows 8 Preview to Windows 8 Pro if you installed Windows 8 Preview over a legit license of Win7, WinVista, or WinXP.
D.W answered on October 18, 2012
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Are you sure this is only an upgrade? It says the regular price is $199.99, which would be in line with a full retail license.
Philip Livengood answered on October 17, 2012
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It says in the description you can upgrade from the Windows 8 Preview which is free.
Chad Withers answered on October 13, 2012
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This is only the upgrade option. Not a OEM or retail full license, you need an xp, vista, or 7 license already to upgrade from this key. Microsoft has said that the full version will cost more and when the special offer expires AKA January 2013 it will cost even more.
Amazon Customer answered on October 14, 2012
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As long as you have Windows XP or later on your computer, you may use this to wipe your drive and do a clean install. If you are building a new PC and happen to have Windows 7 or earlier, you can install that one and then use this upgrade to create a clean install of Windows 8. If you do not have any of that, you are not supposed to be able to use this as it is only an upgrade. The full version OEM is $20 more from newegg.com right now.
Charles H. May III answered on October 26, 2012
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If you look at this product: Microsoft Windows 8 Pro Pack (Win 8 to Win 8 Pro Upgrade) it has a little link if you want to get an upgrade license. If you click that link, it takes you to this product being discussed. So based on that, this is an upgrade only license. I so hate when they are not clear.
J. Young answered on October 18, 2012
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That's a gimmick of Amazon to entice you to buy it since MS have said that the Pro upgrade disk is $60 and the download-only upgrade is $40. The OEM/System Builder versión will be $100 for the Home versión and $199 for the Pro version
Luis Padilla answered on October 17, 2012
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This is definitely just an upgrade disc but like the win7 upgrade disc you can use the disc as a full upgrade but when it comes time to enter the key code it will deny you and then you'll have 30 days to get the proper code.

The code from the upgrade disc only works as an upgrade code so after a full install it won't work. You should just buy the "System builder" version which is for people starting from scratch and have no OS previously installed. Hope that helps. :)
Artie Wentworth answered on October 25, 2012
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I think that, if you're upgrading from XP, you just need your XP code.
If you're updating from Vista or 7, you need to have an install to upgrade from.

NOTE: This is for the FIRST install...after that, once the system has been fully activated,
all that you need to do is install Windows 8, from the upgrade disc....

Well, this is how it worked, with Windows 7....I did it from XP...well, an XP code.
GlassAgate answered on October 20, 2012
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This is the oficial MS blog post about cost of upgrading to W8:

http://blogs.windows.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/10/12/reserve-your-copy-of-windows-8-pro-and-pre-order-windows-8-pcs-today.aspx
Luis Padilla answered on October 17, 2012
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