Hi Maroon Machine, welcome to the Seven Forums.
You can upgrade to Windows 8 from Vista only by doing a clean install, meaning you need to reinstall all your software but can keep your personal files if you want to. An in-place upgrade is not possible from Vista.
See this article for more: Windows 8 Upgrade Paths
For all your Windows 8 related questions, you are welcome to join our sister forums the Eight Forum
s and post your questions there.
A useful tutorial for you to read: http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...ndows-8-a.html