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A CLEAN install of windows 8 upgrade after disk wipe.

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    Windows 7

    A CLEAN install of windows 8 upgrade after disk wipe.


    Hiya there

    I have a computer running windows 7 (prem) and I am wanting to do a clean install of a retail purchased DVD of windows 8 Pro upgrade.

    Now I am aware there are tutorials on here telling you how to do that.. deleting partitions etc and I understand them, however as I understand the process it just wipes the allocation tables then does a quick format, then installs windows 8.

    What I want to do is WIPE my hard drive (fill it with zero's) and then install windows 8 upgrade, is this possible or can I choose a FULL format when installing windows 8 ?

    I hope you understand what i mean, looking forward to your reply.

    Andy

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    Welcome to the forums zooburner, you don't need to wipe your hard drive (with zero), you will be able to choose full format during the upgrade process. One of the requirements for upgrade is that you need to have a licenced copy of windows installed in your PC.
    When you do the upgrade, choose "Custom Install".
    What are the cheapest and easiest upgrade paths to Windows 8? | ZDNet
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    Windows Server 2012 Standard w/Hyper-V


    If you really want to do more than just reformat, after you boot from your install media, press shift+F10. This will bring you to a command window where you are able to use the diskpart utility. SS64 has a good page on the utility:

    DiskPart - Partition a disk | SS64.com
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    What error message does the Win8Pro Upgrade Setup (from bootable USB/DVD) give if the destination partition is blank? I guess nobody can answer this until Friday?
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    Posts : 5
    Windows 7


    Thanks Folks

    That is really helpful i will check out all the options you have outlined

    Andy
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    How to use the clean command:
    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Forums



    If your MOBO's has a uEFI BIOS.
    How to install Windows 64 bit on a uEFI BIOS:

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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    Windows 8.1


    Can I use the diskpart "clean" command to remove the existing Windows 7 partition before installing Windows 8 with the upgrade version of Windows or do I need to have the full System Builder version of Windows in order to use the diskpart "clean" command? Will the diskpart "clean" command cause the upgrade compliance check to fail?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Keith Weisshar View Post
    Can I use the diskpart "clean" command to remove the existing Windows 7 partition before installing Windows 8 with the upgrade version of Windows or do I need to have the full System Builder version of Windows in order to use the diskpart "clean" command? Will the diskpart "clean" command cause the upgrade compliance check to fail?
    I don't know about System Builder but I'd be cautious of removing your Windows 7 partition BEFORE running Setup from your Win8Pro Ugrade (boot) disk. Unless somebody knows otherwise, I'd suggest you choose the full format option (that's the "custom" option) during the upgrade process.

    I guess we won't know for definate until Friday but the latest ISO I've been playing with allowed the upgrade of a blank partition but left Win8Pro in an unactivated state.
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    windows 7


    Sorry if this question has been asked before but what is the best way of installing Windows 8?? Is it a clean install where it totally wipes your computer or just an upgrade!!

    I am running Windows 7 btw!!
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  10. #10


    Clean is always best. Assuming you don't mind reinstating user data and apps later. Remember to back them up.
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