Just downloaded the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and only got the following message:

"Windows 8 isn't available for download", "Sorry, Windows 8 isn't available for online purchase in the country/region you're in."

I which region is then a download available?

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  • Do you use a proxy of some sort? – Michael K Oct 26 '12 at 8:34
  • I'm having this issue as well. I'm in Denmark. I posted about it on Microsoft Community: answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/…. – Asbjørn Oct 26 '12 at 9:10
  • Why did you forget to say you were doing it in windows 8? and why did you run windows 8 upgrade in windows 8? It is already windows 8? – Piotr Kula Oct 26 '12 at 10:10
  • @ppumkin, I did this thing to use the Windows 7 upgrade code for $14.99. You can't enter it anywhere else AFAIK, and I already had Windows 8 RTM setup, just not activated. – joshschreuder Oct 26 '12 at 12:14
  • Check this here to Upgrade from Windows 8 Preview to Full Version: superuser.com/a/483380/161601 – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 12:17

I see you are running the wizard in Windows 8. Try running the wizard in compatibility mode (say Windows XP SP3).

  • Correct! :-) This is really the error message when you run the Windows 8 Installer already on a Windows 8! Nice error message though! – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 10:08
  • Maybe by changing the "version" information in Windows 8 it can be possible: superuser.com/a/483380/161601 – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 12:19
  • It's not possible for a reason, you might experience a fail later if you'd ignore that. – Tamara Wijsman Oct 26 '12 at 14:55

You can find a list of the countries and regions included in the terms and conditions of the promotion: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/terms-conditions

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    My Country is listed... but doesn't work – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 8:06
  • It may be due to an improperly reported geolocation, or the update may have delayed availability for your region. Unfortunately, the error is non-specific, so, it's difficult to say what's wrong. – Aierou Oct 26 '12 at 8:27

While you might be able to trick it into doing the upgrade, you really shouldn't...

Previews are not meant to be used by end customers (you can, but stability isn't guaranteed) and thus will not provide upgrade paths like those for end customers. It doesn't even make sense to introduce an upgrade path from a preview version to the full version. If they were to introduce an upgrade path for this, they would have to deal with a lot of fixes to corruption that was introduced by using the previews, which is one of the main reasons the upgrade path isn't even considered.

If you care for your data and not run into corruption or a buggy OS some time later, install it clean.

  • Anyway my experience: A Windows need to be installed from time to time (maybe I'm still paranoid from the Windows before Win 7). I'll do that as soon as it starts bugging or getting slower and slower ;-) – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 14:59
  • I run my OSes years on without problems, it's a matter of with which mentality you approach it. I agree it's a necessity prior to Windows XP and perhaps even still with Windows XP, but nowadays it's become pointless unless something craps out. Upgrading from a preview is enough to provoke such thing... – Tamara Wijsman Oct 26 '12 at 15:06

Check your system Time and Time zone. Check your IP address Geo Location. I think both of these didn't match.

  • Just checked here: ip2location.com and everything is ok. Correct location / Time / Timezone... – FiveO Oct 26 '12 at 9:49

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