Btw i have win7 oem and i want to make that change to retail, but i don't think there will be a full retail for win8.
One way i can try is, after changing the hardware, i install my x86 win7 oem and try to get it activated by calling MS(i don't remember if there is a trial period for ome, if there is then i don't need to call MS).
If that is a success, then i can get the win8 dvd and install the x64 win8 pro.
This is just the theory i'm not sure if it'll work.
To be noted, i'll be doing a cross architecture upgrade, i need the x64 win8 on my x64 capable system running x86 win7 oem. As told previously hardware change is also in the equation.
And btw i think the virtual machine test failed because win8 can't be installed on 2 systems simultaneously...but the error did say something about it's only an upgrade version. notsure.
Last edited by roofrider; 28 Oct 2012 at 02:20.
OK, so I think I have worked this out now... I should, in theory, be able to download and "upgrade" my current windows 7 machine to windows 8. But then instead of installing windows 8 onto the hdd with 7 on it, I will burn it to a disk and then install it to my ssd later.
I get the impression that Windows 8 makes sure you have a valid windows installation before it downloads and then after that it doesnt matter...
In theory u will be able to install it on a brand new ssd but u'll not be able to activate it.
There are workarounds for it but it's not a guarantee.
Someone said a double installation of win8 will do the trick like it was with win7.
U could try the phone activation method.
Something to do with editing the registry fixes it.
and then roofridercould you please explain this method??Someone said a double installation of win8 will do the trick like it was with win7.
Then do a fresh install win8 again over the existing win8 partition and u'll be fine.
Install the win8 Release Preview on the new hdd and then install win8 pro
Have the reg hack as the last option but it's confirmed to work for almost everyone.
With the new System Builder licence, it's suitable for the home hobbyist to use now (in the past, MS said it was not). You are going to use the Personal Use License (PUL). Windows 8 System Builder Product--Personal Use License
The license above grants exclusively the right to transfer this PUL to another computer;
Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new computer, you must remove the software from the prior computer. You may not transfer the software to share licenses between computers. You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer.
I did say in another thread the win8 oems are hardware upgrade friendly.
While with win7 oems technically hardware upgrades are not allowed but MS did allow it, if u say motherboard=computer i'm not going to argue but i don't agree.
I'll say upgrading and u'll say building a new computer, whatever the case may be MS did reactivate but it was not straightforward, it was a gamble and it depended on the person at the other end of the line, but most of the time they re activated it.
There have been cases where even with motherboard change(i'm not talking about say model replacement) the win7 oem key was activated without any trouble not even a phone call was required. And other cases where even simple reinstall with no changes resulted in phone activation be required. It depends.
However MS recognized this and that is why a change has been brought about in the win8 system builder pul license.
Now, will they still be as lenient as they have been with win7 oem even today after the win8 release? I don't know.