Here's what I learned... You can't do a proper in place upgrade from Windows 7 to 8.1 - it let's you keep your settings, but not apps. However, you can go from 7 to 8 to 8.1 and keep them. Does anyone know a trick around this? Or, can somebody help me find win 8 pro vl x64? I've been unable to find anything with the correct hash. All of the links have understandably been removed from these forums, but I REALLY don't feel like reinstalling all my apps.