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Purchasing and Installing Windows 8 Upgrade 
Audience: Full-Time;Part-Time;EMBA;MSMS

Operating System: Windows 8/8.1;Windows 7;Windows Vista;Windows XP
Article Number: 820 .3.0

Updated: 7/3/2013 3:09 PM
Summary
This article explains how to purchase Windows 8 Upgrade and how to install the operating system on your computer.
 

Overview

The Windows 8 Upgrade is available to all Kellogg students at no cost.

  
Download Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. Go to the E-Academy site to purchase a copy of Windows 8 Upgrade.
  2. Click Start Shopping and sign in.
  3. Select Windows 8, and choose to download.
  4. Add to your cart and proceed to check out. 

Installing Windows 8 Upgrade

Please note: Manually upgrading to Windows 8, as described in these steps, is time consuming and can be technically complex. For example, installing Windows 8 and then Office may take up to four hours. After the Windows 8 upgrade, if you have additional data that you need to restore from an online backup service, the process will likely take significantly longer.

The following steps detail how to upgrade from Windows 7 to Windows 8 Pro.

Step 1. Backup your data

Since the Windows 8 upgrade process has the possibility of completely erasing all data on your hard drive except the existing Windows folder, we recommend completing a backup of your profile folder and any data folders that currently exist outside your profile folder. Refer to the KIS KB article, Data Backup for Students for detailed backup guidelines.

Step 2. Download Windows 8-Setup

From E-Academy you can download the Windows 8-Setup installation. This will automatically install Windows 8 through a live installation or allow you to burn it to a Media Disk for later installation. You will be given the option to keep data and existing applications if your upgrade version is compatible with your current version of Windows 7.

Note: You must have a working internet connection before starting Step 3.

Step 3. Install Windows 8 Pro

Note: Your PC will restart several times while Windows 8 is installing. Please make sure your computer is on AC power to prevent unwanted shutdowns.

  1. Launch the Windows 8-Setup file located in your Downloads Folder. Please make sure you have an internet connection, you will be unable to proceed with out
  2. Collect the product key provided to you by E-Academy and place it the Windows 8 Setup. The application may take some time to respond please be patient. When completed it will indicate the version of Windows 8 it will be downloading. Press Next To Continue.
  3. The setup will then locate the version of Windows 8 provided to you through E-Academy.
  4. Setup will download the remainder of the installation of Windows 8. 

    Note: If you’re unable to finish your download, you can pause the download and continue it later.

  5. Once the download has completed you’ll have three choices on how to proceed with your installation.

    Install Now: Will continue the installation without having to burn or install Windows 8 from a Media Source.

    Install by Creating Media: Will create an ISO file that can be burned to DVD or create a bootable USB Key. The Licenses key will have to be provided again at time of installation. This method is to be used if you want to install Windows 8 on another computer using a Media Disk.

    Install Later from your Desktop: This will create an executable file that will allow the installation of Windows 8 on the current computer at a later date. The Licenses key will have to be provided again at time of installation.

     Once you are ready to install Windows 8 please click next. If you have created a Media Disk or Saved the installation file for later please insert the Media Disk or launch the installation file prior to continuing. 

  6. Agree with the license terms and agreements. Click next to continue.

  7. Choose What to Keep.   

    Depending on the version of Windows you currently have and the version of Windows 8 Pro you are upgrading to, you’ll have a preset selection of upgrade types.

    I currently have this version of Windows installed:

    Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro 32x

    Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro 64x

    Will I be able to keep my applications and settings in place?

     

     

    Windows 7

    No

    Yes

    Windows 7 32x

    Yes

    No

    Windows Vista 64x

    No

    No

    Windows Vista 32x

    No

    No

    64xWindows XP (SP3)

    No

    No

     

     

     

    Will I be able to keep my personal files?

     

     

    Windows 7

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows 7 32x

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Vista 64x

    Yes

    Yes

    Windows Vista 32x

    Yes

    Yes

    64xWindows XP (SP3)

    Yes

    Yes

     

    By choosing Keep Windows Settings, Personal Files and Apps it will keep all of the current and compatible applications you have installed on your computer.

    Choosing Keep Personal Files will only keep files that are in your Users Folder such as Documents, Pictures, Music and Videos.

    Choosing Nothing will not save any Windows Settings, Personal Files and Apps and you will lose all data.

    If you have selected Install by Creating Media you will have restart your computer, boot from the Media Device and you will be promoted the following instead.

  8. When Windows 8 is ready to install and you’re keeping your applications, Windows will check to verify that the applications you currently have installed are compatible with Windows 8.  When running the Install Now, you will be prompted to uninstall any applications or software. If you are using the media disk you will not be prompted.        

  9. Once you have uninstalled the requested applications and software, click Refresh. You will now be prompted with the Ready to Install Window. Click Install to continue. 

Step 4. Starting Windows 8 Pro

  1. When the system restarts, you will be prompted to choose a color scheme and a PC Name. Make your selections and click Next to continue.
  2. You can choose to customize settings or you can allow Windows to use the express settings. We recommend selecting the Express Settings.
  3. Next you’ll choose how you want to sign on to Windows 8. While you can choose to sign in with a Microsoft (email) account, such as a Hotmail.com or a Live.com account, we recommend using a local account. For a detailed explanation of why Microsoft offers the Live account option, please follow this link. 

    You will then be prompted to enter a User Name and Password

    NOTE: If you’re performing this installation as an upgrade Windows will keep your Settings in place. Your previous user name and password (if set) will be used.

     

  4. Once the installation is complete you’ll be taken to the Metro Theme of Windows 8. Your basic installation / upgrade is now complete.

  5. Continue through and complete the critical steps for configuring your laptop for Kellogg.