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I originally had Windows 8 Pro (from the $15/$40 deal) installed with Media Center (from the free offer). I was able to do a clean install to "Windows 8.1 Pro (with Update 1) with Media Center" in 4/2014 by doing the following:
Get ISO of "Windows 8.1 with Update" from MSDN:
SHA-1 for the 64-bit version is 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999
"If you already have the MSDN/TechNet version installed, just download KB2934018 manually and install it. You can obtain this update from here: http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=42335"
"One thing of note is that, the official Windows 8.1 Update also has slight differences from the Windows 8.1 Update released via MSDN/TechNet. Most prominently is that the KB2949621-v2 has been removed from the package, and superseded by KB2934018 which supposed to include everything from KB2949621. If you’ve installed KB2949621-v2, you can uninstall it and then install KB2934018."
Now that both $15 and $40 deals are dead, what next?
If you have already upgraded to Windows 8, look forward to Windows 8.1. FREE upgrade from Windows 8 is now confirmed.
The Upgrade Assistant chooses on its own based on existing software (you can download again for the version you want, see next). If you want to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit, you can also buy Windows 8 as a DVD or use a disc from the retail boxed version.
The Windows 8 key you get from the Upgrade Assistant will also work with a disc from the retail boxed version. The retail boxed version comes with two discs, so you can choose which version to install.
How to check your order/key or buy a DVD later or download again?
No. People are getting different download files and we don't know why they are different yet. Some people indicate the ISO downloaded is tied to the system downloaded it and can't install in other system. Others have no problems:
Install and activate, expanded below with other Q & A
1. (Optional) Get promo code to get upgrade for $15 (Optional because you are supposed to have bought a qualified Windows 7 PC in order to get this promo; if you did not buy a qualified Windows 7 PC, you can go to step 2 and upgrade for $199.99 for Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 for $119.99)
If you buy a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013, you can purchase a download of Windows 8 Pro at a special promotional price that varies by region.
Do I have to install the Windows 8 upgrade on the eligible PC, or can I install it on another PC?
The upgrade offer is tied to a Windows 7 PC purchased from June 2nd, 2012 through January 31, 2013, but you can choose to redeem the offer and install the upgrade on any compatible Windows-based PC with a qualifying base operating system.
What is the last day for me to register and order the Windows Upgrade Offer?
You must make your qualifying Windows 7 PC purchase prior to January 31, 2013; you must register for the program and subsequently purchase and download the Windows 8 upgrade by February 28, 2013. (So it seems the promo code will give a bigger discount after 1/31 when the $40 offer ends.)
If you just registered, you will receive the other e-mail automatically (without visiting the above site) with subject "Windows 8 is here. Get your upgrade now". Simply find your promo code in the e-mail.
Can I upgrade from a 32-bit version of Windows to a 64-bit version of Windows 8?
Yes, but you can't do this using the Upgrade Assistant. If your PC has a 64-bit capable processor (CPU) but is currently running a 32-bit version of Windows, you can install a 64-bit version of Windows 8, but you'll need to buy Windows 8 as a DVD or use a disc from the retail boxed version.
(One workaround is to download again on a PC running a 64-bit version of Windows.)
Will I get the 32-bit or 64-bit version?
The Upgrade Assistant chooses on its own based on existing software.
The Upgrade Assistant will check apps and devices if they are compatible or not.
You will initially see $199.99 for Windows 8 Pro or $119.99 for Windows 8. Order Windows 8 Pro if you have a promo code. Click Checkout to enter your billing info. (Optional) Before you "Confirm your order", enter your promo code, click Apply to see the promo price of $14.99. Check "I agree to the terms and conditions", then "Buy".
You can buy a DVD for an additional $14.99 plus shipping if you want (note: you can also buy a DVD later, see Q & A)
You will get your product key. You can View Receipt, which is also e-mailed to you.
You can choose to
proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”), or
by creating your own media (people report that this option is NOT available on XP, so create it manually from C:\ESD\Windows), or
If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes.
Save it to any folder WITHOUT MODIFYING THE NAME (Keep it as "Windows")
Right click -> Open with -> Windows Disc Image burner and burn it to a blank DVD (it's almost 3GBs).
Then you can install anytime and have a backup disc just in case. Recommend saving your product key(s) someplace.
install later from your desktop.
3. Install and activate, other Q & A
While installing, you will have an option to do a complete clean install or just move all your files and applications. You can decide what you would like to do.
After install, be sure to run disk clean up! Right click on C:, Properties. . .
Eligibility Details taken off the website details and link below:
The offer is for customers (e.g. home users, students, and enthusiasts) who purchase a qualified PC. A qualified PC is a new PC purchased during the promotional period with a valid Windows 7 OEM Certificate of Authenticity and product key for, and preinstalled with:
Windows 7 Home Basic;
Windows 7 Home Premium;
Windows 7 Professional; or
Windows 7 Ultimate.
The promotional price is limited to one upgrade offer per qualified PC purchased, and a maximum limit of five upgrade offers per customer.
You must purchase a qualified Windows 7 PC between June 2, 2012 and January 31, 2013 to be eligible for this offer. The last day to register and order your Windows 8 upgrade is February 28, 2013.
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