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Is this the full version of Windows 8 Pro or an Upgrade?

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    Windows 7

    Is this the full version of Windows 8 Pro or an Upgrade?


    I bought this at my local Future Shop, and from my best guess I think this is the full version. I want to be able to do a clean install, but am unsure if this is just a simple upgrade disc. Box I bought looks like the attachment. Sales reps didn't seem to knowledgeable. Also want to confirm, this doesn't look like an OEM version right? I want to be able to install this on another computer in case something happens to my current computer.


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    I thought they weren't selling a full retail copy. It was either an upgrade, or a system builder (Oem).
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    New Zealand
    Posts : 91
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1


    Looks like the upgrade box to me. I bought the system builder and it came in a sleeve type box like on the attached link.

    OEM Sales Center - Windows 8 Box Shots - To Customer

    That picture you have is the same as the upgrade, sold from Microsoft's web site.
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    I can still clean install with an upgrade with this tutorial I hope.
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    I can get the OEM version at TigerDirect cheaper too, but with OEM it is locked to your motherboard correct? My main concern is if I have to build a new PC, that I can install it onto that if I have to. If can do that with the OEM version I will choose that.
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    New Zealand
    Posts : 91
    Microsoft Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1


    OEM and System Builder are the same disk. If you build the computer yourself then the System Builder License applies. A copy of that License is a sticky thread at the top of the General Support forum. You need to scroll down to near the bottom and it says that you can transfer it. OEM license cannot be transferred except with the computer, but to fit the OEM license you would have had to buy the computer with Windows 8 preinstalled from an OEM.

    This is what the system builder license says about transfers.

    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.
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Is this the full version of Windows 8 Pro or an Upgrade?
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