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
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.
The only free upgrade path was from
Windows 7, 8, or 8.1 to Windows 10.
Personally, unless they're paying
you, I'd refuse to install Windows 8.1 at this point. It makes
absolutely no sense to do so.
Brian - Windows 10
Pro, 64-Bit, Version 1909, Build 18363
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