Upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8

Hi Experts,

I just bought a computer that has a Windows key that can be used for Windows 7 or Windows 8 and Windows 7 was preinstalled. I want to upgrade to Windows 8 but I am not sure how to. I did not receive any operating system CDs and I try to use the Upgrade Assistant but it said the product key was incorrect.

How do I upgrade to Windows 8? Let me know if you need anymore information!

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John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need the media and the vendor should have supplied that. Ask them.

And ALWAYS best to do a fresh install anyway. If they give you Windows 8, do critical updates and then upgrade to Windows 8.1 in the Microsoft Store prior to installing applications.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Have you tried installing Windows 8?  Most Windows 8 licensed systems include the key in BIOS so you don't have to enter it.
itadminnekAuthor Commented:
I tried the Upgrade Assistant but I don't have a CD to install Windows 8 with...
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itadminnekAuthor Commented:
I am considered that my key might not work with Windows 8 because of my failed attempts to upgrade...is there a site that I can go to and check? I would hate to reinstall Windows and the key not work...
John HurstConnect With a Mentor Business Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to call Microsoft Sales Support about the key. Once installed you can check in the Properties Window if the key is valid. But I do not know of a site to enter a key manually to check validity.

The computer vendor should be able to help you - they sold it to you.
John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@itadminnek  - Thank you and I was happy to help. Good luck with getting and using Windows 8. It is decent once properly installed.

I have an article on improving Windows 8 you might wish to look at.

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