Super User is a question and answer site for computer enthusiasts and power users. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

I'm planning on installing Windows 8 preview on a spare laptop. I looked all over the faq page but did not see anything about how the licensing works. I understand that it's free for me to install right now.

My question is once Windows 8 is released, will my current license still work or will the preview version essentially stop working? Will the preview version be allowed upgrades/fixes (I figure this is less likely). Essentially I'm wondering if early adopters/testers will be allowed to keep their license in exchange for trying out the new OS.

share|improve this question
up vote 7 down vote accepted

The Developer Preview was set to expire March 12, 2012, but it along with the Consumer Preview expires Jan 15, 2013.

share|improve this answer

I have seen several things, including signs at retail stores, that said the upgrade from Windows 7 to 8 would cost $14.99. I think that is fair and much less than any other Windows upgrade has been.

I am using Windows 8 right now (Samsung slate tablet PC) with the touch-screen keyboard, and I like it.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.