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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #40

    I upgraded my 7/64 laptop to 8/64 Pro via the upgrade download (also burned the disk). I also installed the Media Center shortly after. If I were to attempt a "clean" install with my disk, do I use the original key that MS sent me in the email, or the new key that I acquired when I installed the Media Center? My understanding is that that new WMC key took over as my master key. Can anyone set me straight?

    Thank you, Drew

    Edit: Just finished "clean" re-install. First entered the emailed Pro key for W8 and then the emailed WMC key for the WMC add on. It was automatically activated also, prob because of the prior install.
    Last edited by droberto; 07 Dec 2012 at 11:43.

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  2. #41

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    Win-8 Pro-64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Geo,

    I hope you had a good vacation.

    The Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant will still run and check your XP SP2, but it may tell you to install SP3 first before letting you purchase or download Windows 8.
    Well, I need to thank you and this forum very much!!! I followed your instructions to a T and I now have 64bit Win-8 Pro on a semi old OptiPlex 745, with the max RAM 8GB (4x2GB) which used to have XP(SP2)-32bit w/4GB RAM!!! My son now will have a decent computer for only a small investment.

    BTW, I needed to upgrade to SP3 before I ran the Upgrade Assistant (to check the hardware compatibility only)...when I ran it with SP2, I got an instantaneous "platform not supported"....but it wasn't a huge deal. I then saw that I had no real compatibility issues other than those I had anticipated, and all else went perfectly! I didn't even need to do a reset....I was already activated after 1st install! This post has been made on the new machine! IE 10 looks nice too.

    Thank you again!
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  3. #42

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    64-bit Windows 10

    You're most welcome Geo. I'm happy to hear that the installation went well. I hope your son enjoys the computer.
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  4. #43

    I attempted the extracted ISO method, and it loaded. I thought it went OK. But when it booted, it entered a boot-loop with the method "there was an installation error." I have redownloaded the ISO twice and now when I try to burn it to a bootable usb, it hangs at 95%. I redownloaded the iso and I will try the extracted .iso once again.

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  5. #44

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Are you using any type of 3rd party download manager program? If so, try downloading it without it.
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  6. #45

    Hi Recently upgraded my oldish Dell XPS 420 from Win 7-32 bit to Win 7 -64 bit and then on to Win 8 - 64 bit. Along the way i've also replaced the D drive with a 1 TB drive for all my music, photos etc
    Now I've purchased a OCZ Vertex 4 256 GB SSD to use as my C drive but have not as yet been able to install it successfully.
    Originally i tried a method from an Australian Mag details here -
    How to transfer your OS to your new SSD drive
    I know this is for Win 7 but even so the only problem was I have a 450 GB HDD C drive at the moment and although it has about 350 GB of free space i couldn't shrink it enough to get it onto the SSD.

    Then I tried using Acronis Migrate easy but that seemed to hang up after the reboot and after about 20 hours of looking at the log in screen on Win 8 i rebooted and went back to my original set up.

    Would the above method work if i just take out the current HDD and put in the SSD and install win 8 pro from the upgrade DVD I have - then I guess I'd have to transfer the program files etc from the old HDD to the new SDD.

    Appreciate your comments.
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  7. #46

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hello Silerfox, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but programs and drivers cannot be transferred like that to a new installation. They must be reinstalled instead.
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  8. #47

    Thanks for that - no real problem - i did it when I went from Win 7 32 bit to 64 bit - but I still can't get to the stage where i need to reinstall my progs etc.

    Any advice on getting win 8 onto my SSD would be appreciated.
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  9. #48

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    64-bit Windows 10

    If you don't mind starting from scratch, you could use the tutorial on the first page to do a clean install with your Windows 8 upgrade on the SSD.
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  10. #49

    Hmm, I don't think it asks for Activation if you migrate from x86 to x64...

    EDIT: And if it detects another OS is currently installed.
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