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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