I found Windows 8 Pro for 1/3 the price of 8.1 Core, and with the free upgrade, I am going this route to get Windows 8.1 Pro cheaper than 8.1 Core. I'm currently working out the issues with security and the key (Question: Is there any risk of someone knowing my license key of Windows 8?).
How should I manage to check if my PC is compatible. I've seen the horror stories online about computers not compatible with 8.1 but with 8 only. I can run the 8 upgrade assistant and then what to determine that it is compatible for both?