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Do not install update version of Windows 8 on a clean hard drive

  1. #1


    El Paso, Texas
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro

    Do not install update version of Windows 8 on a clean hard drive


    ***I KNOW ITS OBVIOUS BUT I SPENT ALL MY MORNING LOOKING THROUGH FORUMS AND A LOT OF PEOPLE ARE MISLEADING TO MAKE YOU BELIEVE THAT IT CAN BE DONE*** For all of you wondering if you can get the 14.99 update and download the ISO and burn it on a DVD or USB and then install it on a different computer or on a fresh hard drive, BEWARE, because the updated version REQUIRES you to have a legit copy of Windows 7, on your hard drive in order to install the Windows 8 update, if you don't there is no work around, Windows 8 will install but will not activate unless you enter a valid retail key, It will state that the key that you have is a upgrade key and that a valid copy of windows must be on your hard drive before installing Windows 8. HAPPY UPGRADING!

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  2. #2


    There is a registry key hack that you can use to activate it.

    With that said, don't cheat the system...it's you don't qualify for the 14.99 upgrade, don't buy it.
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  3. #3


    El Paso, Texas
    Posts : 3
    Windows 8 Pro


    I previously had the OEM Windows 7 Home basic OS installed and Lenovo has a very neat OneKey software that in case you need to recover you can just by pressing a physical button on the machine recover your OS without the need to use any external media, of course by installing windows 8 that button would be worthless and I decided to download the software and set it up to save a backup copy of Win8 problem is I wiped my full HDD in the process and thus deleted the OEM win7 so it took me all day to get a working copy of Win 7 home basic (I guess no one bothers pirating Win7 Home basic mostly just premium and ultimate) and activated my original serial key in order to legitimate activate Windows 8.
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  4. #4


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    information   Information
    We always assume you have made your Recovery Disks using the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Media Creator app the first day you had your new PC.
    & made the Startup Repair CD.
    startup repair disc-create


    Did you make the OEM manufacturer's Recovery Disks?

    You can Order Lenovo Recovery Disks from here:

    Lenovo Support - Home (US)


    Lenovo Recovery
    Lenovo Support - Home (US)
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  5. #5


    Have you tried to re-install Win8 over top of the install you have now???

    Try to install again and this time select upgrade install and let's see what happens.
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Do not install update version of Windows 8 on a clean hard drive

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