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Windows 8 Full??

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 - Mac OS Mountain Lion

    Windows 8 Full??


    Ok guys I have a quick question here, I bought the windows 8 pro that costs $69.99 will I still need to have a previous OS for activating this?

    The reason I ask is because I upgraded to an SSD and my OS is completely gone, so I installed Windows 8 from boot as brand new installation.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The Windows 8 pro copy you brought is called Retail version.It means you can install it directly on a blank hard drive without any previous OS installation required.

    Enjoy
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 - Mac OS Mountain Lion


    The problem I am having is that it wont take the key that came with the installation DVD, the activation window says the key belongs to an upgrade only version... :|
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  4. #4


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    For $69.99 you got the Upgrade version. The only Full version is the OEM and can be used for Personal Use. It runs about $139.

    Jim
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 - Mac OS Mountain Lion


    Is there anyway to get around this even tho I have my windows 7 genuine keys still? I just don't want to erase the whole drive and do a factory reset just to activate windows 8, and thanks for the replies!
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  6. #6


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    For $69.99 you got the Upgrade version. The only Full version is the OEM and can be used for Personal Use. It runs about $139.

    Jim

    Oops my bad.I thought 69.99 $ is the retail version
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  7. #7


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 - Mac OS Mountain Lion


    Well guys, I just attempted to do a bit of registry stuff and I was able to activate the upgrade version as a clean installation, if you guys want me to post that fix I can do it thanks a lot for your interest in helping me
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  8. #8


    The workaround has been posted here already;
    Unable to change desktop wallpaper or select a theme
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 - Mac OS Mountain Lion


    @pparks1, thats what I am talking about, it is a real good fix
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