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Workaround lets you upgrade from Windows 8 betas to the RTM

By Matthew ¬∑ 9 replies
Aug 22, 2012
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  1. Microsoft made it easy to jump from an older version of its operating system to one of the Windows 8 previews, but the company has been upfront about one inherent drawback: folks running beta builds won't be able to experience…

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  2. howzz1854

    howzz1854 TS Evangelist Posts: 602   +86

    what exactly does this mean. that you can download the Beta and download the retail and install the retail on top of it? without key? I am confused.
     
  3. Win7Dev

    Win7Dev TS Evangelist Posts: 625   +244

    It means you can install the most up to date windows 8 version available over top of the beta version, but you get to keep all your files and programs without re-installing them.
     
  4. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 2,037   +608

    like any windows, you'll have to activate it in 30 days. (or it's free if you went with the preview version)
     
  5. I am still wondering if we will be able to do a full install off the upgrade media. This is provided that we have a copy of a prior version.
     
  6. sombodys going to upgrade..... thats the real story ..... windows 10 out in 6 months
     
  7. cliffordcooley

    cliffordcooley TS Guardian Fighter Posts: 8,849   +3,068

    But you will likely need a RTM key to activate the RTM upgrade install.
     
  8. nuttynuts

    nuttynuts TS Rookie

    It an old trick but is working..
     
  9. ElShotte

    ElShotte TS Enthusiast Posts: 162

    I haven't bothered trying any version of 8, and I doubt I'll ever install it. Waiting for Windows 9...
     
  10. How nice if this work for the no NX PC.
     

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