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    Windows 8 Upgrade


    Is it possibl to use the Windows 8 Pro product key that you buy at the store (or via download) to install Windows 8 using the MSDN ISO onto a clean hard disk?
    Last edited by VerizonLover; 25 Oct 2012 at 15:23.

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    I'm assuming the person is talking about buying a $39 upgrade key. So, if the OP considers a "Clean install" to be an install where you take a running Windows 7 and upgrade...but choose to do a clean load without brining forward apps or data...then yes...this would work with an MSDN copy.

    However, if you mean can you take the WIndows 8 upgrade key, and simply use an MSDN DVD to install onto a blank hard drive with no previous OS, then I don't think this key will work in this scenario.

    I have to ask the obvious, if you have MSDN...why not just use your MSDN key? I'll assume the answer is because you obtained your MSDN copy through non-legit channels and simply don't have an MSDN key.
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    I got it from here (file "Windows_8_Pro_EN-US_x64.ISO"). And no, I don't have a MSDN, MSDNAA or TeechNet membership.

    And yes, the MD5 does match that of the official ISO.
    Last edited by Brink; 25 Oct 2012 at 16:08. Reason: link removed
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    Quote Originally Posted by VerizonLover View Post
    I got it from here (file "Windows_8_Pro_EN-US_x64.ISO"). And no, I don't have a MSDN, MSDNAA or TeechNet membership.

    And yes, the MD5 does match that of the official ISO.
    Is that legal? :L
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by VerizonLover View Post
    I got it from here (file "Windows_8_Pro_EN-US_x64.ISO"). And no, I don't have a MSDN, MSDNAA or TeechNet membership.

    And yes, the MD5 does match that of the official ISO.
    Is that legal? :L
    I guess it is if they don't secure it.
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    The legality really onto comes into play on obtaining the license itself. There is nothing "technically" illegal with using the ISO itself. As long as you obtain a key legally, from a legal standpoint I think it's just fine.
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