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in Software by new here (160 points)
I just bought a computer, but I want to install the windows 8.1 Pro, because I heard the start button retures , sounds great, so I do not want the windows 8 !

But it will release next month

but My question is how long can i keep the windows 8.1 preview version, and when the final version release, how can I upgrade to the retail version, do I need to reinstall the whole OS ?

thanks in advance

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by new here (540 points)
Its usually 90 days, thereafter the Preview version will prompt you to install a Final Release... After the 90 days it will shut down every 2 hours, you are bound to get annoyed anyway... About reinstalling the whole OS I'm not really sure but the last time when Wondows 8 came out I had to reinstall the whole OS when my Consumer Preview Edition lapsed.
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by new here (140 points)
You can still buy and install Windows 8 coz Windows 8.1 comes as a free upgrade if you already have a valid Win 8 license
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