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I have the same question Bill Smithers MVP. Hi, There is no free Key for Windows 8. Follow the steps to purchase and enter a product key. Enter your product key and click Next. Thanks for marking this as the answer. Thank you for this Snake : Worked great! Weird, I only have "Turn Windows features on or off".
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I'd also like to know. Regardless of reason - an oversight or intention by Microsoft - absence of this feature in the newest OS is unforgivable. That said, I needed the other features provided by Windows 8. Finally, installation and configuration were seamless.
All configurations and settings were preserved. Highly recommended. One person found this helpful. This installed perfectly and quickly. I was able to open gpedit. The total time for the installation was 17 minutes on a slow Lenovo Yoga 2 11 laptop. I bought the key from Amazon and went to the Control Panel, clicked on System and Security, then on System, and then on "Get more features with a new edition of Windows.
I still had all of my original settings, but I did have to unpin the new "pinned links" that Microsoft so rudely added to my taskbar mainly, store apps, etc. In my opinion, the price is too high for these new "Pro" features and I believe Best Buy should have included the Pro features before I bought the laptop , but I couldn't live without the. I first tried to do my user and personalization editing in the registry, but those entries are not included in the 8.
Could not get the Windows 8. I spent over an hour on the phone with Microsoft and , let one of the support guys have access to my computer only for him to tell me that I needed to schedule an appointment with a stage 2 technical support rep. So, I went ahead and scheduled for 9 to 11 am Friday. When I got off the phone I was disappointed that I couldn't get the windows 8.
But, I kept thinking about it and went on line and found a few reviews of people that have had the same problem with it saying that the product key was good but, the program say that there was a problem and to contact the website for support. Then I found a review that one customer had the same problem but, he was able to uninstall the Mcafee anti-virus and tried it again and the 8.
So, I decided to give it a try. I uninstalled my McAfee All-access security program and followed the instructions that I printed for the product key and low and behold it worked. Everything installed like it was supposed to. And, I reinstalled McAfee security and activated my Windows 8. Evidently, the security program wouldn't let me upgrade without uninstalling it first. Pro is essential for me, since I need Remote Desktop.
Plus, Win 8 is a nice improvement to 7. I did run into an upgrade bug, different than others mentioned. The Upgrade would run for a minute and then quit with the very informative "Something bad happened". If you get this message try the following For me, the solution seemed to be running the Control Panel explicitly "As Administrator".
I did this by searching "cmd" and then right clicking Cmd and selecting "Run As administrator". In this command windows, type "control. Select "System and Security" and then "System". This should get you back to the "Add Features" link. Start the upgrade again. For me, it then worked. If you need to upgrade this is a Great Product it only took 25 minutes to upgrade a new computer that had Windows 8.