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How does the upgrade actually work?
Is it like installing a normal OS except it checks for a previous installation of windows 7?
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Kinda.
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Originally Posted by danko12321 View Post

How does the upgrade actually work?
Is it like installing a normal OS except it checks for a previous installation of windows 7?
Thanks

More or less. The thing is if you purchase the online version with no backup disk ordered, you may encounter the following issues:

1) Unable to upgrade from 32-bit to 64-bit. You basically have to create a ISO or DVD, but bear in mind that this online installer of Windows 8 will detect what bit the target computer is running on. So if you wanted to go from 32-bit to 64-bit you'll need to create the ISO or DVD on another computer running a 64-bit version of Windows and then perform a custom installation on that computer running a 32-bit version of Windows.

2) Windows 8 needs the Windows Update of the target computer to be working, if it's not working, there's a need to fix it first before proceeding with the upgrade.
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2) Windows 8 needs the Windows Update of the target computer to be working, if it's not working, there's a need to fix it first before proceeding with the upgrade.

Not necessarily. And there is also an option to just download the .iso. It's something like "save for later" I just tossed it in the NAS and have it available for everything in the house. Use windows 7 usb dvd tool from microsoft and take it to any pc you want.

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So if I decided to buy it now for the cheap upgrade price and don't decide to install it for a year because I'm fine with W7 right now then that would be possible?
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So if I decided to buy it now for the cheap upgrade price and don't decide to install it for a year because I'm fine with W7 right now then that would be possible?

Should be fine, but, make sure to keep the e-mail with the download links and product key handy. Just in case.
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