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  1. #21


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by Wunderful Wenda View Post
    I then ran Windows Update and installed them all, without any of the issues, crashes or lockups I've read about. I've updated all my drivers to the latest versions, and everything is working beautifully. I've resisted the temptation to install a Start replacement so far, and will see how it goes.
    I'm pretty well convinced that most people that have problems with Updates either had botched Upgrades or were using a third party anti-virus or anti-malware program that interfered.

    One common problem is that many people don't disable their anti-virus when doing the upgrade, and some anti-virus products have been found to corrupt the upgrade process, creating an unstable upgrade.. it may seem to work, but slowly one problem after another starts to happen.

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  2. #22


    Posts : 2,156
    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 Wunderful Wenda View Post

    Will installing WMC on this upgrade prevent me from doing a WMC reinstall when I do the clean install?
    I don't think so, but you can get as many keys as you have email addresses. And, you still can get WMC free here.
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  3. #23


    Posts : 141
    Win 7 & Win 8


    I have done just that, installed windows 8 as upgrade, then used WMC key to install WMC
    then later on I have done clean install of windows 8, used same key WMC to install again

    by selecting (add feature) no problems at all…
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  4. #24


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by averchat View Post
    I have done just that, installed windows 8 as upgrade, then used WMC key to install WMC
    then later on I have done clean install of windows 8, used same key WMC to install again

    by selecting (add feature) no problems at all…
    Me too. You can reuse that same Media Center Key on the same PC you originally used it on over and over again. You just have to do the add features after installing 8 pro each time. There currently isn't any 8 Pro plus Media Center install media, so you have to do it in two steps.
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  5. #25


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by Wunderful Wenda View Post
    Tomorrow is the Big Day. I will be buying Win 8 Pro and doing a clean install.

    I'm going to miss the W8RP eye-candy, but someone will work out how to put it back.

    I will be offline for a few daze, so can I take this opportuniy to wish you all a great New Year?

    Back with Windows 8 in 2013!!!!!!!!!!

    Wenda.
    I updated to Win 8 pro.

    Since my existing Windows 8 was OEM, the clerk at Staples said I needed, "Windows 8 Pro Pack".
    Your present Windows HAS to be "Activated".
    The instructions come with the card holder.
    There is a plastic card with a scratch off number."like a lottery ticket"
    there are 6 steps on the getting started instructions.

    I spent 3 hours on the phone with Microsoft because my Windows wasn't activated.
    He did a remote proceedure call which took forever

    But, he was GOOD.He knew what he was doing & they did it FREE !!!

    He fixed my problems with Microsoft Updates while he was at it.

    I had a good day.


    JUST A NOTE--- I had ALL my stuff I wanted to keep on a 16 GB flash drive including the .exe files for all my downloaded programs.
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  6. #26


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by medab1 View Post
    JUST A NOTE--- I had ALL my stuff I wanted to keep on a 16 GB flash drive including the .exe files for all my downloaded programs.
    I have everything on flash drives these days. Install media, Windows updates, Drivers, most used programs. The only time I use a CD or DVD is for game installs that use the disk for DRM.
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  7. #27


    Florida
    Posts : 64
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    I would recommend a clean install, less hassle in the end. Good luck.
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  8. #28


    I always choose the "clean install" versus the "upgrade" because I've seen too many issues with the upgrade. I don't dual-boot either, as I was having lots of issues with Win8 when I did that and after the clean install, I haven't had a single problem. Your mileage may vary...
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  9. #29


    I always do a clean install as well.
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  10. #30


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Thanks for that advice, folks. I'm afraid I pre-empted you somewhat, however.
    As I said earlier, the plan was always to do a clean installation, but time etc precluded it at present. Well, plans got changed and the time became available. So, although the upgrade install was running well, I formatted and did a fresh install last night. Activated and upgraded to WMC without a problem, and all updates again installed easily (and golly! Wasn't there a lot of them?).
    Drivers are installed, and all hardware is working normally. Most of my apps and programs are also installed and working. The only thing left to do is to re-install my games and do something to make the start screen look nicer. Whether as an upgrade or as a clean install, Windows 8 is probably one of the most hassle-free ever to get installed and running. I'm impressed.

    Thanks also for the advice re product keys.
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