How to upgrade your current Windows operating system to Windows 8? Well, the upgrade process is simple, provided your system meets the requirements of Windows 8. To install Windows 8 Pro, your system must be running any of the following operating systems: Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows 8 Release Preview. Also you must have a good system configuration. In my previous post, I already wrote about the basic requirements & Upgrade Assistant of Windows 8. Check that for more details.
Anyway, to upgrade you can choose from two options – upgrade online or buy a retail copy of the upgrade. As a promotion offer, Microsoft is offering Windows 8 online upgrade at $39.99. But you need to hurry! The special price is valid till January 31, 2013. On the other hand, if you want to by the DVD version of Windows 8 Pro upgrade, you need to pay $69.99. Microsoft is also offering special upgrade offer to those purchasing a new Windows 7 PC between 2 June 2012, and 31 January 2013. They can get the upgrade at just $14.99.
Upgrade to Windows 8 Online:
- Download Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from this page. Click the Download Pro button.
- When the browse prompts, run the Upgrade Assistant (Windows8-UpgradeAssistant.exe).
- The upgrade assistant will provide information on compatibility of your system. Read through the information in “Here’s what we found” screen and click Next.
- Then choose Nothing and click Net in Choose what to keep screen.
- Follow the steps to pay online.Your product key will displayed upon successful payment. Save the key.
- Then download the installation files from the Downloading Windows 8 screen.
- After download is complete, wait and Install Windows 8 message will appear.
- Select the option “Install by creating media”. It will let you have a bootable media or a disk image file (.iso).
- On the Choose which media to use screen, pick the option for your choice (USB flash drive or ISO file).
- Then pick the location of your flash drive or where you want to save the ISO file.
- If you picked USB option, now you’ll have a bootable USB device. And if you opted for ISO file, burn it to a DVD.
- Next install Windows 8 from the bootable flash drive or the DVD.
Some points to remember before upgrade:
- Don’t forget to backup your current installation for Windows (XP, Vista or Windows 7).
- Check if your operating system is fully updated. If on Windows XP, make sure you have Service Pack 3.
- Scan your computer & remove virus/malware (if any).
- Remove devices that you know is not compatible with Windows 8. Visit this page to get a list of applications & devices known to be compatible with Windows 8.