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Upgrade to Pro from Release Preview

by 31rhcp / December 12, 2012 2:57 AM PST

I am using Bootcamp on my mid 2012 MacBook Air (OS X 10.8.2 - Mountain Lion) to run Windows. I am currently running the Release Preview of Windows 8, but I am looking to upgrade to a full version. Is it possible to upgrade from Release Preview given that I did not have a previous version of Windows installed before the preview (clean install via USB)? I've had some mixed answers from googling. Can someone say if they have upgraded to W8 Pro from Release/Consumer Preview without a previous version of Windows?

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I'd like to hear how you deal with the license too.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 3:09 AM PST

I don't see any Microsoft Retail version out yet and the OEM Builders version mandates you don't buy it for yourself.

Something odd is going on with the new Microsoft licensing so I've subscribed to hear how you dealt with this.
Bob

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You cannot
by samkh / December 12, 2012 8:04 AM PST
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Nice to see the change but they get to duck out on support?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 8:08 AM PST
In reply to: You cannot

OEM usually is no support so they are essentially telling me "Good Luck."?

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For the consumer, yep
by samkh / December 12, 2012 9:05 AM PST

Lower price vs W7 Retail reflects it. Could add up to another reason to stick with Macs?

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I feel like I'm on Jeopardy.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 12, 2012 9:22 AM PST
In reply to: For the consumer, yep

But then again I remember the rights reduction from NT 3.5 to NT 4.0.

At least the start button is staging a comeback.
Bob

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How would I go about installing W8 pro?
by 31rhcp / December 13, 2012 2:06 AM PST
In reply to: You cannot

By W8 pro are you referring to an OEM version? So, no luck using an upgrade and some sort of Loophole? I'm not used to paying $100+ for an OS, especially for a secondary OS.

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Seems to be 99 to 139 on amazon.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 13, 2012 2:11 AM PST
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