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4 issues you should pay attention to when upgrading Windows 8 Professional Edition

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The latest news on July 5th: According to a foreign technology media betanews report two days ago Microsoft announced that it includes Windows XP Windows Vista and Windows 7 etc. Included Windows customers can upgrade to Windows 8 Professional for only $39.99.

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What should be noted when upgrading Windows8

Analyst Joe Wilkas (Joe Wilcox) published a questionnaire about whether it’s too expensive to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional for $40. According to the survey results at this stage the responses for and against the opinion accounted for half. About 43% of the respondents said they would upgrade to Windows 8 Professional at this price while 42% of the respondents said they did not Will upgrade to Windows 8 Professional at this price. However the respondent ignored the vital information because Microsoft’s initial upgrade announcement in its blog did not clearly express certain specific requirements related to the Windows 8 Professional upgrade: such as requiring users to have a good education etc. One of these requirements may discourage many Windows users who are preparing to upgrade.

At first Microsoft did not give answers to some of the following questions:

1. Can the upgrade program be installed on a PC without an operating system?
2. Is there an option of clean installations during the upgrade process?
3. Can users upgrade from the public Windows 8 releases that Microsoft has released?
4. Do Windows 7 Family Pack users have to purchase three licenses or only one license?

The following are the answers to the above questions:

1. Can the upgrade program be installed on a PC without an operating system?

According to Brandon LeBlanc (Brandon LeBlanc) the communications director of the Microsoft Windows team if a PC is to be upgraded to Windows 8 Professional the PC must have the previous version of Windows installed. Previous versions of Windows systems include Windows XP Windows Vista and Windows 7.

This seems to have pointed out that the upgrade mode of Windows 8 Professional will no longer provide a clear installation format. On previous versions of Windows even if Windows is not installed on the user's computer the user can use the upgrade media to install the operating system.

For some users it is still possible to achieve this goal through a workaround but for now we must assume that this approach is no longer possible.

2. Is there a clean installation mode option during the upgrade process?

Leblanc said that users who plan to install Windows 8 Professional can choose to format their hard drives during the upgrade process. For those users who use earlier versions of Windows if they want to get a clean and fresh operating system this is indeed excellent news. But it must be reminded that if the user chooses this mode the user cannot transfer the data on the old operating system to the new operating system.

3. Regarding whether users can upgrade from the preview version of Windows 8 releases released by Microsoft

For those users who have installed the preview version of Windows 8 releases publicly released by Microsoft you can Use the upgrade program for Windows XP Windows Vista and Windows 7 users to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional. The previous Windows 8 test versions such as Windows 8 Developer Preview or Windows 8 Consumer Preview cannot be upgraded.

In addition for users of the preview version of Windows 8 releases only their personal file data is transferred from the old system to the new system which means that applications installed on the preview version of Windows 8 releases cannot be implemented Transfer. Microsoft did not disclose whether users of the preview version of Windows 8 releases need additional conditions to upgrade to the final version of Windows 8 Professional.

4. About Windows 7 Family Pack users need three licenses or one license issue

Microsoft’s Windows 7 Family Pack includes a single license but users can use three computers Installation and use. This brings up a question: If all three computers equipped with Windows 7 Family Pack systems want to upgrade to Windows 8 Professional do they need one upgrade license or three licenses. Leblanc said that if all three computers were to be upgraded users would need to spend $39.99 for each computer and purchase three upgrade licenses.

These requirements from Microsoft for upgrading the old version of Windows to Windows 8 Professional may affect the upgrade plan of some users.

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