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.


The Developer Preview was set to expire March 12, 2012, but it along with the Consumer Preview expires Jan 15, 2013. http://makingwindowseasy.com/2012/02/18/microsoft-changes-windows-8-dev-preview-expiration-date/


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.

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