upgrading windows 7 volume license to windows 8

How do you upgrade windows 7 pro/ent volume license to windows 8.0 or 8.1?
I have plenty of windows 7, it's the last allowance of version in software assurance when we purchased windows xp license. I contacted CDW and others to upgrade the Win 7 volume licenses to 8.0 or 8.1, but they all say, there's no upgrade path, but say to buy in price of full version.
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bbaoConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
you better talk to your local Microsoft office regarding your 7 to 8 requirement.

some sellers only want to sell the most profitable products or some products they know well. just skip them and talk to Microsoft. i think they may help you and guide you to somewhere purchase online.
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bbaoConnect With a Mentor IT ConsultantCommented:
it is true that "only certain editions of the Windows operating system qualify for upgrades under Volume Licensing agreements". but Windows 7 is covered for six versions.

see below the official information about upgrading Windows 7 VLs. the table below lists the qualifying editions of Windows that are eligible for the Volume Licensing upgrade under each Volume Licensing program.

http://www.microsoft.com/licensing/about-licensing/windows8-1.aspx#tab=4
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
It's listed, what I wonder is why volume license sellers are not selling upgrade path, but only full version with full price $189 or around. Maybe just timing matter?
Has anyone ugpraded 7 to 8 through volume license, not purchasing full version?
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crcsupportAuthor Commented:
talked to MS, they say SA is actually the upgrade, so since SA expired, I have no choice to upgrade, but to purchase full version. I think this is disadvantage of Volume License. You have to keep paying SA fee in order to get upgrade to next version. Otherwise, you end up purchasing full version since upgrade is not allowed except SA.
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bbaoIT ConsultantCommented:
> You have to keep paying SA fee in order to get upgrade to next version.

really? SA must be valid in order to upgrade to the latest version? that sounds not that reasonable as for some enterprise customers they don't always upgrade as MS expected due to application compatibility and they will probably have no way to upgrade when necessary?!
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