moderated Re: Question regarding installing a new installation of Windows 8/8.1
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Actually, one can upgrade from Windows 7 to 8/8.1 through an in-place upgrade unless the product key is for a different edition. I concur with Brian: Windows 8.1 support ends in 2023, and beyond that point, Windows 10 is the way to go. This begs the question: did your friend tell you their reasons for not upgrading to Windows 10 for free?
From: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com> On Behalf Of Brian Vogel
Sent: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 8:25 AM
Subject: Re: Question regarding installing a new installation of Windows 8/8.1
There is no upgrade path from Windows 7 to Windows 8, and never has been. It must be installed from scratch, and you must acquire a license key for it.
Brian - Windows 10 Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
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