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Upgrade to Pro 64 Bit from 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Fails

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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64 Bit

    Upgrade to Pro 64 Bit from 7 Ultimate 64 Bit Fails

    Title says it. Sorry if there has already been a thread, I've tried everything, and it seems nothing works. Makes it to 72 percent on "Keep files, settings and apps", "Keep files" and "Nothing". Can some suggest any other methods that might work? By the way, I'm using a USB to install the upgrade.

    Things I've tried:

    Disable video drivers
    Delete temp
    Delete other user accounts
    Only Windows services
    No start-up programs

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  2. #2

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

    Welcome to EightForums.

    Have you tried a clean install.
    You need to reinstall al your programs in Windows 8.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 with only a product key - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft

    Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)

    Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order information, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the packaging. The product key will look something like this:

    Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD.

    Always better to do a clean install.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Backup User and System Files - Windows 7 Forums
    Backup - Restore Files and Folders from in Windows 8
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10

    Hi there
    in addition to the above posts the Ms wording seems deliberately obtuse as it implies you have to be RUNNING W7 to insyall the upgrade version of W8.

    To clarify -- you need to be running a legit "Upgradeable" Os in order to DOWNLOAD a key and the W8 upgrade.

    Now you can make your .ISO as per the tutorials and do a CLEAN install -- you only need the Legit Upgradeable OS ONCE in order to qualify for the upgrade and download it (which is actually a FULL copy of W8).

    If you think about it for a minute - say after installing your new W8 system you have some sort of accident, the hardware fails (Hdd broken) etc or some other unpredictable event that effectively renders your machine useless - how are you expected to re-install.

    What about adding new hardware which could perceivably require a re-install of the OS.

    Would you have to re-install W7 again and go through the whole process -- no I think not somehow.

    Hope this clarifies the matter.

    (BTW you should ALWAYS image your OS frequently so you can recover it easily instead of having to do a re-install --but that's another issue).

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP

    Quote Originally Posted by markdesroches06 View Post
    Can some suggest any other methods that might work? By the way, I'm using a USB to install the upgrade.
    Use first 4 steps here (you'll be left with unallocated space--which is what you want IMO): SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Support Forums.

    Then, go here: Clean Install - Windows 8.

    Do no more to the partition so you'll get the 350 MB System Reserved partition.

    If you have activation issues, then go here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.
    Last edited by znod; 11 Feb 2013 at 10:34.
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