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    Move Win 8 to New PC?


    I have an upgrade Win 8 Pro installed in a VirtualBox VM. Now I want to upgrade from Win 7 to Win 8 Pro on a new laptop and delete the VM installation. I am not sure of the correct procedure. I think I can do the upgrade easy enough, but I am not sure how the activation would work.

    Thanks for any help, Jim

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    I am assuming you would be installing under BIOS (not UEFI). And, I am assuming you have an install DVD (or flash drive) or an ISO that could be used in creating either. Then, I would only do a clean install of Windows 8 as described here: Clean Install - Windows 8. To the extent necessary, let me know if I am mistaken in my assumptions.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    I am assuming you would be installing under BIOS (not UEFI). I would use the approach described in Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run to obtain an ISO to be used in creating an installation DVD. Then, I would only do a clean install of Windows 8 as described here: Clean Install - Windows 8.
    I have a laptop with Windows 7 installed. I own a Windows 8 upgrade license and I have the files required for the upgrade of the Windows 7 laptop to Windows 8 Pro. What I don't know is how will the activation proceed? The license key has been used to install the Windows 8 to a virtual machine and activate it. So when I try to activate it on the new laptop, will it activate or will it say "key already used"?

    Thanks, Jim
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    I was revising my post when you replied; I had misread it. Get right back to you.
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    There is a possibility that you will have to use the refresh procedure described here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade (ignore steps 1 and 2, and, hopefully, step 3 will not apply after doing your clean install). I think it may not come to that though, but you are covered either way. Sorry for the confusion I created when I misread your post initially.
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    Quote Originally Posted by microsoft
    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new
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    Thanks guys. It will be a several days before I can give you a status report.

    Regards, Jim
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    There is a possibility that you will have to use the refresh procedure described here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade (ignore steps 1 and 2, and, hopefully, step 3 will not apply after doing your clean install). I think it may not come to that though, but you are covered either way. Sorry for the confusion I created when I misread your post initially.
    If the laptop has Win7 on it, the blank hard drive install won't need to be done. Even if the old partitions are deleted using the Win8 installer.
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    "Blank hard drive install." Attributed to me? Please clarify.
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    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    "Blank hard drive install." Attributed to me? Please clarify.
    Install with an upgrade copy. (Resulting installation won't activate with the upgrade key.) Do the refresh. Key now accepted.

    Did you mean something else?
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