Oh poo, I use Ultimate.
I already have Ultimate on a USB to boot from... but when Shugi said create an image, to me it implies it takes a picture of your entire system (programs and all) and puts that on a disk/stick. Which to me doesn't seem possible, since I'm using like 130 GB or something. It looks like either way, I'm essentially reformatting.
I would have to go buy another USB stick, assuming what you're saying is the image part.
I have an external so I can at the least download the programs I will need. And I though my coworker said W8 won't allow 3rd-party security programs, period. Good to know I can rely on my old favorites at least.
Also, would my Asus drivers be compatible with Win8? My system was a real poop until I re-installed those.