I'm planning on upgrading to Windows 8 Pro by the end of January while it's 160 bucks cheaper, and I was wondering if it's possible to download, but not immediately install it. If the Upgrade Assistant mentioned on the download page only downloads the iso image and leaves the installation to the user, that's great. However, I don't want it to accidentally install windows 8 and overwrite windows 7. For those of you who are curious, I plan on running it through VirtualBox.

If anyone has upgraded to Windows 8, tell me exactly what this Upgrade Assistant does...


Run the upgrade assistant & it allows you to download the setup files & either run Windows 8 setup right away or create the ISO file/bootable USB/leave it as it is to run the install later.

You don't have to install right away

  • Okay, thanks! A bootable USB could even take the place of VirtualBox. – Code Monkey2 Jan 21 '13 at 3:17
  • @CodeMonkey2 just to be clear, by bootable USB I mean bootable USB installer – Sathyajith Bhat Jan 21 '13 at 4:07
  • @CodeMonkey2 - You're looking for en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_To_Go. This is a solution to bring your Windows 8 environment around with you on a usb key. – Matt Jan 21 '13 at 5:13

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