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New install sort of?

  1. #1

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    Win 8.1 Px64

    New install sort of?

    I am running W8 U trial software which will expire shortly. In the mean time I bought a Win8 Pro disk from Ms. What is the best way to do the pro install: Is there a way to just use my new key and go on or reformat and install pro.?

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  2. #2

    Hello, meebers. Never heard of Windows 8 U trial software. What do you mean by that? Release Preview perhaps?

    The Windows 8 Pro MS is an upgrade edition. Do you have a qualifying OS to upgrade from.
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    Win 8.1 Px64

    According to "system" on control panel, it is officially called Win8 Enterprise Evaluation. U=Ultimate, hangover from win7? Yes the two physical backup disk's from Ms are 32 bit and 64 bit, containing win8 and win8 Pro +. Further reading states must un-install and do a clean install.
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  4. #4

    Sorry to hear that and sorry that EE must be uninstalled. They were explicit in that before installation. Perhaps you overlooked it. I know others did. It is not a qualifying OS for upgrade either, unfortunately. Do you have a qualifying OS to load?

    There is a way to fresh install as long as one has a qualifying OS. I'll look for it.


    I think Release Preview and previous also qualify, but not sure.

    Edit the edit:

    What I found from this page of qualifying OSs:
    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows
    Upgrading from -> What you can keep
    Windows 7 -> Apps, Windows settings, and personal files
    Windows Vista -> Windows settings and personal files
    Windows XP -> Personal files
    Windows 8 Release Preview -> Personal files
    Windows 8 Consumer Preview -> Nothing, but you can retrieve your files later from the Windows.old folder.
    Last edited by HippsieGypsie; 30 Jan 2013 at 13:49.
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  5. #5

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    Win 8.1 Px64

    Ugh!!! So win8 enterprise is gone, win8 pro is installed. Never asked for previous system etc. (did a clean install) Presently working on getting win8 & win7 talking to each other over my home network UGH!!! should not be this hard. When enterprise was in there, had no problem, Pro is fighting me at the moment. Will try to get WMC installed before tomorrows deadline. Have Office 13 in que after that.
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  6. #6

    Ok good. You're making progress. I'd advise to get updates installed and get the OS to stabilized before loading other software. So often we're in a hurry with our new toys.

    Good luck and enjoy.
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