Windows 8 Pro Upgrade 32/64 Bit (Product Key Card) - w / Free Updates to 8.1 Pro - And Free Updates to Windows 10 (when released)
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- Running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista? Upgrade to Windows 8 with Windows 8 Pro
- Once you install Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is available as a free update directly from Microsoft
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- Choose between 32 bit Upgrade or 64 Bit Upgrade
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Windows 8 Professional (Upgrade) Product Key Card is a physical product key card which contains the product key and link to use to upgrade your current operating system to Windows 8 Professional. This Product Key Card is Medialess, meaning that it does not include a DVD or CD for installation. You will download the program directly from Microsoft and use this product key to install and activate the software. You may also use this key card to update from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 Pro. This is the physical key card which will be shipped to you. After installing Windows 8 Pro, you also have the option of upgrading to Windows 8.1 Pro in the Microsoft App store at no additional cost. This product key card will upgrade your computer from: Windows XP, Windows Vista, or a Windows 7. Please note: This item does not contain a disc; it is a product key card that requires a download from Microsoft.com. See steps involved below: 1. Once you have placed your order and received your product key card in the mail, locate your product key on the backside of the included card. 2. When you locate the product key, follow the instructions on the card, and go to: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only to download and install your Upgrade. 3. Choose: -Install Windows 8 (Not 8.1) -Click Save File When the file is finished downloading, double click the Windows 8 icon. This will begin the installation. You will be prompted for your product key code to activate your software which is located on the back of the product key card. After Windows 8 Pro has installed, install all updates. Then to upgrade to Windows 8.1 Pro, go to Start, then click Store, click Windows 8.1 Update and allow Windows to download and install the Windows 8.1 Pro Upgrade. You may also use this key card to update to Windows 8.1 Pro from Windows 8.1.
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~ You need to download this- make sure you have decent internet speed 3MP or above.
~You get a business card with the key code on it - it should have a link where to go to get the download. Your best and easiest bet is to call Microsoft direct ( I did) and they will gladly help you to install the software from a website link they provide (free, no cost) to you.
~ It took me about an hour to download the the windows 8 (not 8.1) - once installed I ran a number of updates first, then went to the Windows app store (located on you windows app screen) and it was the first thing listed - download 8.1 - its free! I kept all my files- although my saved info, passwords and bookmarks on Firefox (browser) were wiped out. My bookmarks on Google Chrome survived.
~ Note you need to create an account on your PC with Microsoft (outlook e-mail) in order to obtain 8.1 from windows app store. I also learned that my administrator account will not work.
~ The best price I could find to upgrade my Windows 7 64 bit - You can use it for 34 bit Windows, just let Windows Customer support know what type of windows version your using.
~ Amazon will take the return if you can't use the card- so don't sweat it if you find you cannot upgrade for some reason.
~ I'll most likely buy another for my laptop, while they are still this low price of $69.
~ Remember this is for downloading it from windows site- which you will need to call them - you'll need to download twice - once for 8 and a second time for 8.1. This may not be for everyone- More work, but much less cost
~ Good for only 1 PC.
I like 8.1 - it's a different approach
- YOU CAN SET IT TO BOOT LIKE WINDOWS 7! You can download a range of safe apps- Vistart,classic shell, start menu 8. Startisback & Start8
~ NEED MORE HELP - JUST ASK POST YOUR QUESTION TO AMAZON OR BETTER YET CALL MICROSOFT BEFORE YOU 90 DAYS OF SUPPORT RUN OUT
Still, if you have Vista, you'd be doing yourself a favor to go to Windows 8 for this price, assuming that your computer is in good shape hardware-wise. Windows 8 is basically 7, but with a learning curve that's not too painful. You might even get used to it.
When I launched the downloaded program and entered the key, it confirmed that it is a valid key but on the next window it would display a message "Can't connect right now". This wasn't due to any connection issues on my end, and didn't seem to be due to Microsoft servers being down as I attempted over the course of multiple days. After researching the issue I discovered that this isn't an uncommon problem and has multiple causes. In the end I needed to download an image from Microsoft and burn it to a CD. To make things even worse, it wouldn't let me download the image on my Vista machine (it required windows 7 or above to download), so I needed to use my newer Windows 7 machine to download and burn the cd.
From this point everything was smooth sailing. The image cd skipped the whole Windows 8 phase and installed 8.1 which once installed immediately asked if I wanted to upgrade to Windows 10. An hour or so later I was successfully running Windows 10 Pro.
This is reiterated several times in documentation during installation but be aware that if you are upgrading XP or Vista you need to do a fresh install so backup all of your important files before starting the installation. If you are running 7 or above you may still want to back up as a precaution but it should retain your files.