For the download upgrade version ($40.00) you must have a compatible version of Windows running just to download the software. Select the option for the ISO file and burn it to a disk that will be used for installation. Make sure you have the installation disks and appropriate serial code for your old version. Now you will need to reformat you’re the hard drive that the operating system is on. It’s important that you have no Windows operating system on your machine when installing the upgrade or you will lose it. Once the format is complete you can install Windows 8. After installation you can than install your old operating system on another drive, or partition of a drive. The d
The hole in the system appears to be that if you do a clean install you are never exposing the old software to MS for serial code. It’s not even asked for during the install process. If you do like I did and install Windows 8 over an older operating system you lose access to it. I suspect that at some point during installation MS records the old serial number and it’s history. There are rollback options, but it’s at the cost of making phone calls and losing Windows 8. MS allows going back to the previous version, but it does not allow you to keep the new version. For some reason, this makes sense to me. After all, it’s an upgrade.
I’ll state again that this is just word of mouth info from a couple of friends and I have no documentation to back it up. I guess if I had only one operating system on my main computer I might have been a lot smarter on the subject. Anyway, I’m not wasting my time with this mess anymore. I had no intentions of upsetting anyone, but I’ve been known to do that without trying.
You're not upsetting anyone. Your information is valuable. Thank you very much. I was in the middle of trying to decide what to do prior to January 31 (tomorrow), and your post helped me to decide. Again, thank you very, very much!