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Proper way to install Windows 8 over an illegal Windows 7

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    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1

    Proper way to install Windows 8 over an illegal Windows 7


    Hello, I recently discovered that my new computer has an illegal version of Windows 7 Ultimate 64 set up on it, so I want to install a legal operating system. I decided to go with Windows 8, and ordered the Windows 8 64-bit (Full Version) - OEM. I figured, the upgrade version was not the way to go. What is the best way to install the new OS? I've read a few articles that say format first, others say boot off the new disk and then format from the disk. What are your recommendations, and a step by step if anyone has one? The illegal version is on the SSD drive, which is where I want to place the legal OS. Being new, there are no files or programs on the computer that I need to save. Thank you and I appreciate your time.

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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    Hello FlyingUmbrella, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    I personally like to boot from the installation DVD/USB and delete all partitions on the drive until it's unallocated during the installation.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    OR

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Welcome to Windows EightForums, FlyingUmbrella.

    You're in good hands with Brink. Good luck on your install.
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    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1


    Thank you for the help! I'll give it a go, and hopefully won't have to scour the installation error forum posts
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    64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise (RTM)


    You're welcome. If you have any issues, please feel free to post back them.
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