Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro

If you have an MSDN account, you may be able to upgrade from Windows  8 to Windows 8 Pro.   First, login to http://msdn.microsoft.com and click on Access Benefits.  Once there, click on Go To My Product Keys and scroll down looking for Windows 8 Pro.  If you have a key available, grab it.

Next, open Control Panel (which you can get to quickly with Windows-x) and select Add Features to Windows 8.  Enter the key you just got from MSDN and once verified, proceed with the uupdate.

Hey! Presto! Windows 8 Pro.


About Jesse Liberty

Jesse Liberty is an independent consultant and programmer with three decades of experience writing and delivering software projects. He is the author of 2 dozen books and multiple Pluralsight courses, and has been a Senior Technical Evangelist for Microsoft, a Distinguished Software Engineer for AT&T, a VP for Information Services for Citibank and a Software Architect for PBS. He is a Xamarin Certified Mobile Developer and a Xamarin MVP, Microsoft MVP and Telerik MVP.
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3 Responses to Upgrading to Windows 8 Pro

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  2. Tom says:

    This post is misleading, imo, because it makes it look like you can use windows 8 pro for “free”. The windows 8 pro key that is available to MSDN subscribers is for development and testing purposes only and if you are going to use it to do personal tasks such as check email, etc., this key is not a valid license to do that unless there is some new MSDN benefit that I am not aware of.

  3. Patrick Long says:

    What are the extra must-have features of Pro?

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