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Upgrading to Windows 8

  1. #1


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8

    Upgrading to Windows 8


    Hi folks,

    Sorry for the noobness, but I'm contemplating upgrading to Windows 8 Standard but don't want an OEM version but a version that is not tied to the motherboard. I've checked Amazon but they all seem OEM. Where can I purchase a retail version? Is this version now known as the Upgrade version, and can the Upgrade version be clean installed over Windows 7?

    Thanks.

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  2. #2


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by templar1 View Post
    Hi folks,

    Sorry for the noobness, but I'm contemplating upgrading to Windows 8 Standard but don't want an OEM version but a version that is not tied to the motherboard. I've checked Amazon but they all seem OEM. Where can I purchase a retail version? Is this version now known as the Upgrade version, and can the Upgrade version be clean installed over Windows 7?

    Thanks.
    IMHO, the Win 8 PRO Upgrade version is your best solution if attempting to upgrade from Win 7 and "yes" you can do a clean install. BTW, that version is a retail version. Good luck.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  3. #3


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    Cheers, my2cents!
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  4. #4


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    With Windows 8, there is only

    1) OEM manufacturer's,

    2) Upgrade,

    3) OEM/Retail. On sale on Amazon.
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  5. #5


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


    The OEM version in Windows 8 is not tied to one computer. MS updated the License and added a System Builder Personal Use option. You can transfer it to any computer you own.

    Jim
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  6. #6


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    To clarify Phone Man's comments. If you purchase the Windows 8 OEM version yourself, without hardware, then it is not tied to a PC. If you purchase a PC with the OEM version already on it, then it is tied to that PC.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    I have Windows 7 OEM at the moment, which came with my purchased PC. What I'm worried about is if I ever choose to upgrade my motherboard in the future I will have to purchase another copy of Windows 8. I take it by your replies that if I purchase an OEM version on Amazon, it is effectively the same as a retail version and it is NOT tied to the motherboard and I will be able to install it on a new motherboard. Would that be correct?

    I've checked on Amazon and there are two versions: Upgrade 59.95 http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B...pf_rd_i=468294

    and OEM 109.99
    Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 bit OEM, FQC-05955: Amazon.co.uk: Software

    Obviously the cheaper option would be the Upgrade as I have Windows 7, but then I thought to myself, to install the Upgrade version on a new motherboard/Hardrive/new PC I would probably need an existing Windows 7 installed beforehand, which obviously I could not do as I know that my W7 OEM that I am using at the moment is tied to my existing PC!!!

    Maybe I better go for the more expensive OEM option!
    Last edited by templar1; 12 Sep 2013 at 19:56.
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  8. #8


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


    Yes the OEM version of Windows 8 is the same as the old Retail version because of the new License agreement. You can do a clean install of windows 8 with the Upgrade version but takes an extra procedure to activate.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    The OEM install procedure is easier if you don't mind the price.

    Jim
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  9. #9


    Posts : 34
    Windows 8


    Cheers for all the answers guys! Much appreciated!
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  10. #10


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    You can do a clean install of windows 8 with the Upgrade version but takes an extra procedure to activate.
    If you install on a PC with a running version of Windows 7/Vista/XP then as long as the old version is in place on the disk when you start the installer, you shouldn't need to do anything extra to activate.

    It's still a clean install because you can wipe the partition from within the installer.

    I've done this a few times and it's always activated automatically for me.
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