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Windows XP to Windows 8 upgrade - question before I buy

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    Windows XP to Windows 8 upgrade - question before I buy

    I've spent some time searching for an answer to no avail. Thank you in advance for your assistance

    -I currently have a full Windows XP installation CD (v 2002)
    -My computer's hard drive died
    -Would like to install Win 8 upgrade version (much cheaper v purchasing full version)
    -I know my PC can handle the 64 bit version

    My question - during the Windows 8 upgrade install onto a clean hard drive, will the Win XP install CD suffice for the "proof" that I'm eligible for the Win 8 upgrade os version?


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    windows 8.1 Update 1 Pro 64bit

    A legitimate OS must be installed in order to upgrade. See this
    Upgrade Install to Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
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    Windows 10

    How do you download Windows 8.1 and clean install Windows 8.1, if you have a Windows 8 upgrade product key? -> link
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