Windows 8 Pro Upgrade 32/64 Bit (Product Key Card) - w / Free Updates to 8.1 Pro
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- Once you install Windows 8, Windows 8.1 is available as a free update directly from Microsoft
- Choose between 32 bit Upgrade or 64 Bit Upgrade
- Running Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista? Upgrade to Windows 8 with Windows 8 Pro
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Windows 8 Pro 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 Pro. 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.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.
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Top Customer Reviews
So I'm delighted to report that this upgrade was pain free, simply followed the link to Microsoft website clicked accept and yes whenever asked and everything worked as it should.
Yes it takes a long time, about two hours for each step (first to download and install 8.0 and second step to upgrade to 8.1) but the computer quietly sits there in the background doing it's thing you are free to do whatever you like.
It's also true all you get with this order is a product key on a piece of card, no CD or box (I suppose that could be an issue if you need to install on a non-active PC but if it's an upgrade no issue?)
Do I like windows 8... no not yet, so far the only good thing I can find is it loads very quickly but I knew that already and I'm looking forward to Windows 10 which from what I read will be a big step forward and a free upgrade from 8.1 so win/win all round.
The upgrade from Vista Ultimate was actually straightforward. From internet articles I was expecting to have to create an iso disc and do a clean install from external media, but in fact 8 Pro upgraded perfectly over Vista Ultimate via the installer, which was lucky as it wouldn't copy the iso to my PC or any attached media. I needed to install a number of updates to Win 8 before the Win 8.1 upgrade would download so I got some laundry done while I waited. There's no doubt that installing Win 8.1 via a Win 8 product key card is more time consuming than getting a Win 8.1 DVD, presumably that explains the price difference. However, if you've got a bit of time and enjoy playing with computers, this is a perfectly acceptable upgrade route.
It's best to be forewarned.
The installation takes quite a while to install - Hours!
When you start to install Windows 8.0 a box appears asking you if you want to keep your private files Windows settings etc. or delete everything. I opted for the latter as I had backed up all I wanted to keep before I started. Al programmes you were using on your previous system will be lost and will have to be installed again.
When eventually Windows 8.0 is installed be sure to download and install all of the updates for it before you try to download Windows 8.1.
There were 141 updates to Windows 8.0 which took quite a while to download and install. I still couldn't download 8.1 and no indication was given as to what the problem was. I did another check on updates and sure enough another twenty updates had to be downloaded and installed. I could then upgrade to Windows 8.1.
Regarding Windows 8.1 upgrade,the upgrade is free and is directly downloadable from the Windows "Store" home page.
I upgraded from Windows Vista after many years. I had become familiar with Windows 8 by helping other members of the family and friends to work the new system of screens. However if you are upgrading from Vista it will take a little while to understand how to drive it.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The seller provided a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade. This was on a card packed onto a cardboard backing. The product provided was therefore not as per the picture shown here. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mr. Martin Vines
Nothing wrong with the seller but just don't like win8.
Windows 7 welcome back;)
Wondered if this would work and it does..... I am now the most up to date person I know what with the ipad as well...but do I like W8 & W10?..... can't say I do.... Read morePublished 10 months ago by suzie Q
No problems. Everything worked fine, and fantastic value when I bought it. Be aware it can be quite a big job to upgrade your OS though! Read morePublished 10 months ago by R. Beadle
Arrived earlier than expected so I was able to get upgrading faster than planned.Published 14 months ago by Rob