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I have a computer with a windows 7 student licence key, from the Microsoft Academic Alliance. Which I have from when I was studying. Is it possible to upgrade it to Windows 8? Or do I need to buy a retail licence?

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You can upgrade your Windows 7 student license to Windows 8.

The only requirement for the upgrade, as per the terms and conditions, is that you have a valid base license. A student license is still a valid license.

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You can upgrade it, but you will need to get a legitimate Windows 8 Key.

If you are part of the Dream Spark Premium, then you can use one of those. Otherwise you will need to purchase a retail upgrade key or full retail copy.

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Thanks Ramhound for correcting my bad-cronym. – Jared Tritsch Oct 26 '12 at 19:35

So, far from what I've read, Microsoft is offering Windows 8 for two prices at this point - $15 and $40.

The first ($15) option is for owners of Windows 7 PCs which have been purchased after June 02, 2012. This page can be found here.

The second ($40) is for everyone else who is running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 and is a regular Windows 8 Pro Upgrade license. This price is only valid until January 31, 2012 and the page can be found here.

So, essentially, yes - as long as you have a valid base install (Windows XP-7), you can upgrade to Windows 8.

If you are still have access to Microsoft Academic Alliance* they can provide you with a license key for Windows 8.

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I'm not studying any more so no I'm not part of it – fmsf Oct 26 '12 at 19:27
Then, you would have to purchase a $15 or $40 license (depending on when you bought the computer). But, yes you can upgrade. – citruspi Oct 26 '12 at 19:28

You can upgrade to windows higher versions at any time. However, you need to buy the licence key for windows 8 upgrade unless or otherwise you have a windows 8 key from your DreamSpark (MSDNNA).

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