Hi, I'm hoping to install win8 Pro. I currently run winXP x64 and have purchased the win8 Pro upgrade media version. I only have one computer and want to keep my current XP system available until I know for sure I win8 x64 will work for me.
I have winXP on a 1tb drive and have a backup image on another drive. I have a new 128gb ssd and another 2tb blank drive I expect to use for win8.
When I first put the win8 DVD in with the XP system active (I was thinking I had to have a previous version of Windows to use the win8 upgrade) I received the message that stated "your uperating system is not supported -- require service pack 3." Well that stopped me, since XP x64 doesn't have a service pack 3.
I found out I had to do a custom installation. So I cabled up my blank ssd and 2tb drive and uncabled the XP drive and did a quick win8 install, which seemed to be successful. However, I had to go back to my XP system to get my work done.
So, here's my concerns. Will I be able to switch back-and-forth as I build up (install my apps) as long as I'm only using one copy of Windows on one computer? All my software is legal -- owned by myself. I just get the feeling this "plan" won't go smoothly.
Are there any "pitfalls" I can avoid by using a certain approach?
Hope this wasn't too confusing.