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  1. #21


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    Windows 8.1 Update 2 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    LOL! How ironic!

    I'm from McHenry working in Mercer. You?
    I live in Oak Park and since I work as a freelancer so I go all over Chicagoland. We're practically neighbors!

    As for the install I really hope there is a way to do a clean install. Not only because I prefer to do that for upgrade, but if sometime in the future the drive goes or something it would suck to have to install Windows 7 first, and then upgrade. That's just a waste of time. I understand wanting to prevent piracy and whatnot, but when you hinder the ability of legitimate purchasers it's a failure in my book.

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  2. #22


    As I understand it a clean install is available as it always has been. The only complication is with a dual boot. You can still do a clean install but it must be from media rather than over the internet. The web-based install is a real convenience for upgrades.
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  3. #23


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Here's a link from MS that will answer some questions concerning the issues that we have been discussing about clean install. Read the paragraph with the heading, "Things to Know Before You Start."
    Download Windows 8 Enterprise Evaluation
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by thunderclap View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    LOL! How ironic!

    I'm from McHenry working in Mercer. You?
    I live in Oak Park and since I work as a freelancer so I go all over Chicagoland. We're practically neighbors!

    As for the install I really hope there is a way to do a clean install. Not only because I prefer to do that for upgrade, but if sometime in the future the drive goes or something it would suck to have to install Windows 7 first, and then upgrade. That's just a waste of time. I understand wanting to prevent piracy and whatnot, but when you hinder the ability of legitimate purchasers it's a failure in my book.
    Yes. Chicago Metropolitan neighbors. Giganticland! 3rd biggest in the country. 9.8 million people in the rat race.

    I was born at Chicago & Damen in 51. We moved to Prospect Heights in 56, then to McHenry in 61. Been there since. I worked Chicagoland off and on for roughly half of my forty-year career. Mostly union then started a business. I'm finding more work up here than there since the housing crunch. Mostly big remodeling, which is the craze. Less skilled craftsmen up here.

    I'm a huge Frank Lloyd Wright advocate. Been to Oak Park many a time to visit his home/studio. Chased many of his houses and buildings. I plan on a trip to PA to see Fallingwater next summer.

    Ok. Onto the subject matter. I'll try to answer this for all. I'm quite sure that clean install will be possible as always, but not from any upgrade media as was a work aroung in the past. We must buy the real McCoy. Of course, upgrades no matter how one performs it is always more resonably priced.

    I upgraded from Vista Ultimate to 7 Ultimate online. That took forever and a day! I have downloaded 7 both x86 and x64 media if I want to reinstall. I believe I have to load Vista first, though.

    Thanks to all for trying to sort this out. I hope that answers everyones' questions.
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  5. #25


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    First of all I want to say I'm sorry if I'm misunderstanding something here. I currently have Windows 7 64 bit installed on my computer. I recently installed VMware and the evaluation copy of Win 8 on it. Here's what I have in mind and please tell me if I am correct in my thinking.
    1) I will remove the evaluation copy of 8 along with VMware.
    2) I will then create a system image on an external drive.
    3) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 evaluation
    4) On Oct. 26, or when it's available, I'll go to Staples and get the upgrade of 8 for $49.99
    5) I'll restore the system image that I made, or else do a factory image which would put back Win 7 as it was when I bought the computer.
    6) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 that I got from Staples.
    I realize that if it ever becomes necessary to reinstall Win 8, I will need to revert my computer back to the factory image before I can reinstall.
    Here's my question: Is my thinking correct?
    Thanks for being patient with me.
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  6. #26


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    If you go to staples it will cost you 69.99.
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  7. #27


    Ohio
    Posts : 473
    Windows 8 Pro


    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    If you go to staples it will cost you 69.99.
    I could be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure they told me $49.99. But, regardless of the cost, is my thinking correct in what I want to do?
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  8. #28


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    First of all I want to say I'm sorry if I'm misunderstanding something here. I currently have Windows 7 64 bit installed on my computer. I recently installed VMware and the evaluation copy of Win 8 on it. Here's what I have in mind and please tell me if I am correct in my thinking.
    1) I will remove the evaluation copy of 8 along with VMware.
    2) I will then create a system image on an external drive.
    3) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 evaluation
    4) On Oct. 26, or when it's available, I'll go to Staples and get the upgrade of 8 for $49.99
    5) I'll restore the system image that I made, or else do a factory image which would put back Win 7 as it was when I bought the computer.
    6) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 that I got from Staples.
    I realize that if it ever becomes necessary to reinstall Win 8, I will need to revert my computer back to the factory image before I can reinstall.
    Here's my question: Is my thinking correct?
    Thanks for being patient with me.
    Just my thoughts... I would do step 1. Then I would do a back up of key files and things to your external drive.
    From there just do step 6. That's all I would do.

    EDIT: Taking a system image would be a good idea if the upgrade to win 8 goes wrong.
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  9. #29


    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    First of all I want to say I'm sorry if I'm misunderstanding something here. I currently have Windows 7 64 bit installed on my computer. I recently installed VMware and the evaluation copy of Win 8 on it. Here's what I have in mind and please tell me if I am correct in my thinking.
    1) I will remove the evaluation copy of 8 along with VMware.
    2) I will then create a system image on an external drive.
    3) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 evaluation
    4) On Oct. 26, or when it's available, I'll go to Staples and get the upgrade of 8 for $49.99
    5) I'll restore the system image that I made, or else do a factory image which would put back Win 7 as it was when I bought the computer.
    6) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 that I got from Staples.
    I realize that if it ever becomes necessary to reinstall Win 8, I will need to revert my computer back to the factory image before I can reinstall.
    Here's my question: Is my thinking correct?
    Thanks for being patient with me.
    Just my thoughts... I would do step 1. Then I would do a back up of key files and things to your external drive.
    From there just do step 6. That's all I would do.

    EDIT: Taking a system image would be a good idea if the upgrade to win 8 goes wrong.
    No need to apologize, Frank. I think we're all a little confused here. I think your steps there are correct.

    BunnyJ. I'm not that savvy to know about key files backup and then performing a clean install with upgrade media. That is a possible work around which I'm ignorant of? If so, does it violate the EULA? My understanding is that MS put a kabbash on or end to cold installs with upgrade media.
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  10. #30


    USA/Tenn/Oak Ridge
    Posts : 245
    Win 8.1 Pro 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by BunnyJ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Frank1 View Post
    First of all I want to say I'm sorry if I'm misunderstanding something here. I currently have Windows 7 64 bit installed on my computer. I recently installed VMware and the evaluation copy of Win 8 on it. Here's what I have in mind and please tell me if I am correct in my thinking.
    1) I will remove the evaluation copy of 8 along with VMware.
    2) I will then create a system image on an external drive.
    3) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 evaluation
    4) On Oct. 26, or when it's available, I'll go to Staples and get the upgrade of 8 for $49.99
    5) I'll restore the system image that I made, or else do a factory image which would put back Win 7 as it was when I bought the computer.
    6) I'll then do a clean install of Win 8 that I got from Staples.
    I realize that if it ever becomes necessary to reinstall Win 8, I will need to revert my computer back to the factory image before I can reinstall.
    Here's my question: Is my thinking correct?
    Thanks for being patient with me.
    Just my thoughts... I would do step 1. Then I would do a back up of key files and things to your external drive.
    From there just do step 6. That's all I would do.

    EDIT: Taking a system image would be a good idea if the upgrade to win 8 goes wrong.
    No need to apologize, Frank. I think we're all a little confused here. I think your steps there are correct.

    BunnyJ. I'm not that savvy to know about key files backup and then performing a clean install with upgrade media. That is a possible work around which I'm ignorant of? If so, does it violate the EULA? My understanding is that MS put a kabbash on or end to cold installs with upgrade media.
    Q: Is there an option to purchase the upgrade on a DVD or other physical media?
    A: You can buy the boxed version of the Windows 8 Pro upgrade for $69.99. If you purchase the downloadable upgrade, Microsoft will offer you the option to purchase a DVD version for an additional $15. The upgrade installation process will also offer you the ability to burn a DVD or make a bootable USB key using your own media, for no charge.

    I was referring to using the Win8 DVD to do an upgrade not a clean install.



    I'm assuming that the DVD that's purchased from Staples will be the upgrade DVD and not a full instillation DVD. The upgrade should work fine to upgrade his Win7. I think... hope... well that's what I'm doing.
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