How to Upgrade your System to Windows 8

Windows 8 is now available for users to download. There are a lot of changes that have been brought in with this new version. One of the massive changes is that the Start Menu and the Start Button are completely gone. Instead, what we have is the Metro tiled interface. Microsoft, by incorporating this new feature has made it easy for users to gain quick access to information and updates. These tiles can be turned on or off. The new Windows 8 desktop screen has a lot of usability. If you have not yet upgraded to this latest OS, you must consider doing so. Read on to learn how to upgrade to your system to Windows 8.

How to upgrade to Windows 8

Before you work on the upgrading process, you can check first if you are eligible for the upgrade or not.

Eligibility for upgrade to Windows 8

To be eligible for this upgrade your PC must have the product authenticity certificate and product key. Home and student users who purchased a qualified PC are eligible for this upgrade. If you have purchased your PC between June 2nd 2012 and January 13th 2013, you automatically qualify for this promotional upgrading offer.

The last date to order and register for this promotional upgrade is on the 28th of February 2013. PC’s running on Windows 7 Professional, Home Basic, Home Premium or Ultimate are eligible for it. Once you have registered for this upgrade, you can download Windows 8 on your Windows compatible PC. Having downloaded this new version you can take advantage of the 90 days support from Microsoft. Other customers who do not qualify for Windows 8 Pro can purchase Windows 8 Pro upgrade retail package product at one of the participating outlets.

Before you order for this upgrade, you must check if your country qualifies for this upgrade; about 140 countries can take advantage of this upgrade offer. Pricing is available in 23 currency options and you can purchase this upgrade in one of the 37 languages it is available in. Pricing varies by market though.

System requirements for upgrading to Windows 8

The requirements for your PC to run on Windows 8 are not too many. Your PC will need a Hard Disk space of 32 bits – 16 GB or 64 bit – 24 GB space and 1 GigaByte (GB) of RAM. Graphics card on your PC should be Direct X 9 graphics device that comes with a WDDM driver and the processor must be a minimum of 1 gigahertz (GHz) or faster preferably the one that supports NX, SSE2 and PAE. Apart from these, there are additional requirements to use a few of the Windows 8 features.

How to order Windows 8 upgrade

First you will need to run the Upgrade Assistant on your PC. This will automatically check if your PC is ready to be upgraded. Having successfully completed the check, you will also be provided with the option to purchase, download and install it. While purchasing you will be asked to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Personal information like your address, phone number and email address
  • Shipping address if you want the Windows 8 installation DVD delivered to your door step
  • Mode of payment
  • Promo code information

The promo code will be sent to you via email. Once you enter it, the new price for Windows 8 will be displayed. You can purchase, download and install Windows 8 on your PC and experience the all new difference.

To find answers to questions or doubts about Windows 8 that you might have, you may open this link for more information: http://www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-IN/Home/Faq#FAQPage_Category2Literal.Text

Ryan Larkin

A Freelance Writer, Ryan Larkin writes about Social Media, Internet and Technology. He writes for www.1800cabletv.com - your gateway to the best cable companies across the nation. click here

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Corina Ramos - November 6, 2012

Thanks for sharing this information! Very helpful for the not-so-techy like me! : ) Have a wonderful day!

    Ryan Larkin - November 7, 2012

    You are welcome, Corina. I’m glad you find it helpful.

PrIyAnGsHu - November 6, 2012

Nice post Ryan. I have just upgraded my PC from Windows Seven to 8, and I must say it’s so far the greatest and the best looking OS from Microsoft.

    Ryan Larkin - November 7, 2012

    Hi! PrIyAnGsHu,

    Thank you for the nice comment. Enjoy your new OS!

Mike - November 7, 2012

Don’t sure even after following each steps and fulfilling the desired specifications, I’m still unable to install Windows 8 due to error ‘PC Needs to Restart. Please Hold Down the Power Button. Error Code bla bla bla’.
Find good tutorial though to find what is required for installing Windows 8 here:http://www.techie-world.org/2012/11/thing-need-to-know-before-installing-windows8.html

Felicia - November 8, 2012

Hi Ryan,
I am currently running Windows 7 Ultimate which means I qualify for the upgrade. However, I don’t think I will be getting that upgrade as I am already used to the interface of Windows 7 and that I also don’t want to do a fresh install of the Operating System because my laptop is currently optimized for the work I am doing. Maybe when I upgrade to a new laptop with touchscreen interface would I consider getting a Windows 8.

    Ryan Larkin - November 8, 2012

    @Felicia – Whatever is best for your work 🙂 Thank you for checking out the article. The Metro interface may take some time to get used to, but in the future if you decide to upgrade then with or without a touch screen you may run Windows 8 on your laptop – Provided, the System requirements are met.

raspberry ketones - November 10, 2012

Thank you so very much for sharing such nice information. its really helpful

    Ryan Larkin - November 13, 2012

    You are welcome – raspberry ketones

Hayder Abbass - November 11, 2012

Thanks Ryan for this quick tip. For now, I’m going to stick with my Windows 7 like Felicia.

    Ryan Larkin - November 13, 2012

    Hi! Hayder – Sure, Thank you for checking out the article.

ravi kumar - November 16, 2012

Nice piece of information but still I think that your left a major part. Your title is how to upgrade your systems to windows 8 so you must have informed the complete method but anyway nice post. Keep posting..

    Ryan Larkin - November 17, 2012

    Hi! Ravi – Thank you for the comment. I’ll make sure not to leave out information next time.

Anderson - November 30, 2012

That they could not pay me to enhance to 8. At least not until finally many people allow it to become therefore any COMPUTER SYSTEM (non-touch enabled machine) can easily boot to the non-‘metro’ URINARY INCONTINENCE.
Then, and only after that, may many people pay me to enhance.

    Ryan Larkin - December 1, 2012

    Thank you for leaving a comment, Anderson. It’s every individual’s choice to choose whether to upgrade or not – Just like a lot of people are saying, Windows 7 is not too old yet. So I am sure that a lot of people have the same sentiment.


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