How do I upgrade from the Windows 8 Release Preview to the full retail version?

What is the process for updating my preview release version to a full version supported version?
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Q: When does the Windows 8 Developer, Consumer, Release Previews expire?

A. All three Previews will expire January 15 2013 at 6:59 PM.

Q: Will I be able to upgrade from pre-release versions of Windows 8 to the final release?

No.

For those of you who have already been running the Windows 8 Developer, Consumer, Release Previews, you can install the Windows 8 RTM release using the migrate option (just keep personal files), but not the upgrade option (keep personal files, apps, and settings). Or if you prefer, you can of course do a clean installation (keep nothing). Please keep in mind that there is no rollback after an upgrade installation. We also strongly recommend that you perform a system backup prior to an upgrade, migrate, or clean install of Windows 8 final release.

Also note that the final release of Windows 8 will not support upgrading from any prior Windows 8 "Preview" release, though the migrate option will still be supported. In any upgrade scenario, you can run the Disk Cleanup Wizard to remove the previous installation in order to free up disk space. The download will also support boot from USB for a completely clean installation as well.

Note that upgrade eligibility has nothing to do with the operating system currently installed on the system when you go to perform an upgrade. If you have a previous Windows 8 preview version installed, that doesn’t confer any upgrade rights. That sticker on the side of the PC (or the CoA, if you installed a retail version) is the most important factor in defining the underlying license.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/10/12/reserve-your-copy-of-windows-8-pro-and-pre-order-windows-8-pcs-today.aspx

 

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Note that upgrade eligibility has nothing to do with the operating system currently installed on the system when you go to perform an upgrade. If you have a previous Windows 8 preview version installed, that doesn’t confer any upgrade rights. That sticker on the side of the PC (or the CoA, if you installed a retail version) is the most important factor in defining the underlying license.

Can you clarify this for us? What does "defining the underlying license" mean? Does the user who did a clean installation of win 8 RP have to reinstall the original operating system or will the upgrade assistant (or the migrate option) be able to determine eligibility?


You need to be running Windows XP, Vista or Windows 7 in order to qualify for the Windows 8 Pro upgrade:

* Offers limited to five upgrade licenses per customer. To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7.

http://windowsteamblog.com/windows/b/bloggingwindows/archive/2012/10/12/reserve-your-copy-of-windows-8-pro-and-pre-order-windows-8-pcs-today.aspx

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Windows Insider MVP
MVP-Windows and Devices for IT
twitter/adacosta
groovypost.com

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