How to Upgrade Windows 7, Vista or XP to Windows 8 Pro

After much speculation Microsoft, the software giant decided to offer Windows 8 Pro for $39.99. What news may uplift the mood of many Windows loyalists even more, is that not only PCs running Windows 7  will be eligible for this offer, but the ones running Windows Vista and Windows XP as well.

Those upgrading from Windows XP will be able to get only their personal files, while those using Windows Vista will be able to bring their personal files and Windows settings – but not Windows 7 software and applications. 

Only Windows 7 users who will be able to enjoy the benefit of getting to Windows 8 Pro, everything; be it the Windows settings, personal files or the installed applications, announced Microsoft.

If you want to start fresh, you can choose to bring nothing along. You can also format your hard drive as a part of your upgrade experience, as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it.

How to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro

  • Initially, Windows 8 Pro $39.99 upgrade will be available as a download via the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant only. When a user uses to purchase an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro, the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will help him out. It will simplify the upgrade process via its step-by-step guide.
  • At first, the Upgrade Assistant will check the compatibility of a user’s system, making sure that his computer is ready to handle Windows 8.
  • It will then inform a user about any application or device compatibility issues. It will let him know if there is anything that needs to addressed before or after the upgrade and will outline the necessary actions to be taken.
  • Next, it will prompt you with the ‘Choose what to Keep’ option. Choose the desired option and click ‘Next’.
  • If all goes well, the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant should kick off the download.  A built-in download manager will allow a user to pause and continue the download at any time as well as check if the download is completed fully or not.
  •  Once completed and verified, a user can proceed with the upgrade installation by selecting the ‘Install now’ or ‘Install later’ option from his Desktop.
  • Alternatively, a user can create his own media. For instance, he can create his own bootable USB or .ISO file, which can be burned to a DVD for upgrade and back-up purposes.
  • Also, one can purchase a backup DVD for $15 plus or get packaged DVD of Windows 8 Pro from a local store, available for $69.99.

There will also be the option to add Windows Media Center for free via the “add features” option within Windows 8 Pro after the upgrade. This upgrade offer is sure to drive many Windows users towards a quick Windows 8 adoption.

This upgrade will not be applicable if you are building your own PC or installing Windows 8 on a Virtual machine or a separate partition. For such scenarios there will be Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder Products available for purchase.

The Upgrade offer will be valid up to 31st January 2013 and will be available  in 37 languages, in 131 markets once the new version hits general availability.

You can buy Genuine Windows 8 Pro at Microsoft Store at great prices! You can buy the Windows 8 Pro Pack there too.

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Anand Khanse is the Admin of, a 10-year Microsoft MVP Awardee in Windows (2006-16) & a Windows Insider MVP. Please read the entire post & the comments first, create a System Restore Point before making any changes to your system & be careful about any 3rd-party offers while installing freeware.


  1. Bestbuddy1986

    Thanks for this great article..

  2. It is a great article i like to upgrade this option the question i have if i want to do clean installation using this option do i get a product using the iso file downloading there, cause i don’t wanna install over existing version?

  3. This was interesting. I wonder if we’ll be able to use the upgrading from the Win8 preview.

  4. Vasudev

    Yes, you can upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview to Windows 8 pro using this Win 8 Upgrade Asst but will have option to migrate personal files or keep nothing only. Al;so make sure that you have an underlying license for either Windows XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7.

  5. Vasudev

    Yes as said in the article -“….You can also format your hard drive as a part of your upgrade experience, as long as you boot from media and then format your hard drive from within the setup experience for installing Windows 8, not prior to it…”
    And your earlier ver Windows from whcih its being upgraded Key required

  6. Thank you for the quick reply last question i have i have a OEM Vista license which i never use Vista i deleted in my PC. How do i do clean installation using my OEM key and also my license for Home Premium do i still get Windows 8 Pro for $39.99?
    Thank you for the great article.

  7. infinidim

    This sounds really good and well priced. Hopefully Microsoft will not raise the price for countries like the UK

  8. M$oft just want more money from their customer,
    and expecting their stock price up.
    Why they didn’t put all their sources to make Win7 more mature & secure,
    not just repair by patching (the one that already make damage somewhere to someone).
    adding Metro GUI, multi-gesture driver, and call it Win8 ?
    It’s all about mon€y, my friends; hundreds millions of it……
    no wonder millions people still love their XPs

  9. Kleczerx

    I have installed W8 Release Preview Bld 8400. One thing I noticed was that selecting a ‘clean’ install (where the whole of the previous old OS system is deleted) the install of W8 brought over the Desktop layout features and wallpaper background; likely more. What it brought over in my case was a software defect for the MS Wireless Laser Keyboard 8000; the defect was created by the W8 installation. Neither a PS2 or the wireless keyboard were able to do any typing. It took a lot of time, three reinstalls of W8 and to W7 (proved the hardware and W7 software were good). I also tested the keyboard on other PCs. Eventually I when to “factory restore” and this cleaned out everything not part of the W8 raw installation program eliminating the previous desktop setting, wallpaper and keyboard problem.
    MY QUESTIONS: #1 With the 40$ upgrade will the “factory reset” be an option considering it needs a previous Win OS in place during installation? #2, why is the clean installation option still gathering desktop settings, wallpaper background, MS Wireless Keyboard/Mouse 8000, and likely more and more features from the previous “deleted” installation?

  10. Kleczerx

    I noticed that in Office 360 (using W8 Prelease Preview) when I open a multi-page Word DOCX file which was last saved in Word 2010 many of the pages had double lettering throughout. This is similar to have the text typed onto a plastic sheet and overlaying it back onto the original page. The text was not just slightly shifted to one side but showing in chucks centimeters away from the original. This was not a refresh problem because I shot the word window off the desktop screen and back to give it a refresh; the overlay appearance was intact and did not adjust from its original position on the page. The fault was especially focused and concentrated on the Context Tables at the front of the document, but the shift was found throughout the 162 page document. I noticed the shift for text only and not the inserted diagrams which are prevalent throughout the document.

    Also, there appears to be a conflict in saving an original Office 2010 DOX file with the OFF360 Word program. Thoughts, growing pains for Off360?

  11. Kleczerx

    Network Lan device, shown in Device Manager, provided by W8 Release Preview has a slow file transfer to and from on a LOCAL NETWORK using the W8 OS at only 5 Kbit/sec. Transfers by a secondary PC (W7) to the W8 OS PC is high or normal. This test W8 PC has a Rampage II motherboard. Both PC’s were Desktop. I needed to visit the Asus to upgrade the device in Device Manager. Other users might consider visiting their own PC’s manuf. website.

    My main production PC is an Asus Sabertooth Z77 which will be upgraded with the final final release of W8. I only mention this because Asus had now release and providing Windows 8 compatible device upgrade software on their site.

  12. jimsing59

    This article needs to be re-posted. This shows exactly what to expect when upgrading and answers any questions that one might have. Good article/tutorial.

  13. Samit Tandukar

    anyone have win8 pro direct download link….having issue with secure download manager from dreamspark…

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