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  1.    24 Aug 2015 #1

    Is there a way to "upgrade" to Windows 8?


    So we have one of computers that was using Windows 7 and we upgraded it to Windows 10.

    Now I just found that we have an extra copy of Windows 8 Pro that I bought when it first came out since it was so inexpensive but never utilized it on any of our computers.

    What I'd like to do (hopefully without losing info on the computer) is to downgrade from Windows 10 to Windows 8 Pro, then upgrade that computer to Windows 10 Pro.

    Is that somehow possible without having to install Windows 8 Pro fresh and clean?

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  2.    24 Aug 2015 #2

    I doubt you can. Your only option will be to do a clean install of 8. What you can do is copy the information to an external or separate drive in the PC.
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  3.    24 Aug 2015 #3

    If one did have Win8 on a system today,would Microsoft still offer an upgrade to 8.1 today?
    If I recall when i had Win8 it was really buggy, with many problems after 8.1 it was a small bit better.
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       24 Aug 2015 #4

    If you have a spare hard drive available then what you can do is disconnect the win 10 HD.

    install Windows 8.1 pro on spare HD activate it.

    Upgrade to Windows 10 pro using the media creation tool. Make sure its activated.

    Disconnect spare HD. Connect original HD and upgrade your windows 10 home to pro using the USB/dvd you created and pro should stay activated.

    If it asks for product key press skip when doing upgrade fron windows 10 home to pro.
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       24 Aug 2015 #5

    digitalcurisity said: View Post
    If one did have Win8 on a system today,would Microsoft still offer an upgrade to 8.1 today?
    If I recall when i had Win8 it was really buggy, with many problems after 8.1 it was a small bit better.
    But if Microsoft wants more folks running Win8.0 to get the free Upgrade it should still be possible to get to the Store to get Win8.1 then it would meet the requirements for Win10. Somewhere I read Win10 could be installed over Win8.0 but haven't yet seen credible results.
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       24 Aug 2015 #6

    The options were you could upgrade from 7 SP1, or 8.1, Brink or some other expert will know if you can upgrade from Windows 8.

    Why do you feel you need Windows 10 Pro over Home ?
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       25 Aug 2015 #7

    digitalcurisity said: View Post
    If one did have Win8 on a system today,would Microsoft still offer an upgrade to 8.1 today?
    Yes you can still upgrade 8 to 8.1 via the Store.
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  8.    25 Aug 2015 #8

    1. Clean install Windows 7, Windows 8 or Windows 8.1.

    2. Check that Windows 7/8/8.1 is activated.

    3. There is no need to install updates from Windows Update in Windows 7/8/8.1.

    4. Create a Windows 10 installation media (USB/DVD/ISO) using the Windows 10 Media Creation Tool.

    Windows 10 Media Creation Tool

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    5. Upgrade Windows 7/8/8.1 to Windows 10 from Windows 10 USB/DVD/ISO.

    For example:
    - In Windows 8/8.1, mount the Windows 10 ISO image file by right-clicking the ISO image file and choosing Mount.
    - Run the setup (setup.exe) file to start Windows 10 Setup.

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    Here is more info: How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link

    Note: This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys, both OEM and retail (for example, "Windows 8 Pro $15/$40 Upgrade Offer" product key).
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  9.    25 Aug 2015 #9

    Don't know how this rumour that you can't upgrade from Win8 to Win10 got started but it needs to be stopped. You CAN upgrade directly from Win8 to Win10 you just can't use Windows Update to do it; instead, you have to use Win10 Media to do the upgrade.
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  10.    25 Aug 2015 #10

    While we could clean install 8, we're trying to avoid that, we were hoping there was some way to "upgrade" from 10 to 8 pro and not lose all of our installed programs, settings, etc.

    I may try the method of using an extra hard drive if we have any laying around the house.
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