I have a laptop (A Gateway NV52L23u to be exact) that is getting a Windows 10 upgrade, I currently have Windows 10 Home 64-bit disc that I have been using to upgrade Windows 7 Home Premium machines around the house. The thing is the NV52L series comes with Windows 8 'Core' (the standard version, not Pro or Enterprise). And in this article, it states that Windows 8 (all versions) are excluded from the upgrade.
But then I thought, that's only for the Windows Update way of upgrading, what about upgrading through a disc? So, I put my disc in, expecting failure, and for some reason, it let me get in the installer and got to the 'We are ready to upgrade' screen. At this point, I had a deep feeling that something was terribly wrong. I quit the installer, then I contemplated why it let me upgrade when Microsoft said no.
Maybe Windows 8 ran the executable in Compatibility Windows 7 mode, and the installer believed it was upgrading a Windows 7 machine. Or maybe the executable does not have code to differentiate Windows 8 and 8.1?
So, I leave the question, can I upgrade Windows 8 'Core' from a disc without running into problems? And is the disc made to upgrade Windows 8 'Core'?
If you need any further information, please let me know, I will update the question.