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So, does the upgrade "really" need to have anything previously on HD?

  1. #111


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    Quote Originally Posted by dlcampbe View Post
    Thanks Brink,

    I also was relying on this statement, "Microsoft makes it clear that the 90-day evaluation is a dead end. "It is not possible to upgrade the evaluation to a licensed working version of Windows 8," the company says on the website that details the trial. "A clean installation is required."

    I was only using the 90 day evaluation copy installed on new HDDs, no previous Windows software installed. I do, however, have more than one old Windows OS disk left over from computers that were changed to a linux distro.
    Yeah, the 90-day evaluation was for Windows 8 Enterprise. You can't upgrade from that.
    Last edited by Brink; 03 Nov 2012 at 20:21. Reason: added quote

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  2. #112


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Yeah, the 90-day evaluation was for Windows 8 Enterprise. You can't upgrade from that.
    I did. Clean install with Win8 Pro upgrade version. Installed and activated.

    I was a little surprised that a limited amount of stuff (IE favorites, custom desktop) were preserved, even though I deleted the old partitions during the installation.
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  3. #113


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    Hey Bob,

    Sure you can do a "clean" install (format) from anything, but that's not an upgrade install. It's just that you can do a "upgrade" install from Enterprise to say Windows 8 Pro.

    Are you sure you did a clean install? A clean install formats the HDD, then installs the new OS.
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  4. #114


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post

    Can you take a running Windows 7 PC, go through the upgrade advisor, pay the $39, do the digital download, burn a DVD from the ISO and then take that installer to a computer with a completely blank hard drive, install it, input the CD key you get from the purchase and be on your merry way?

    That's what I seem to be reading from a variety of sources. I want to be sure that I understand the process so I can answer correctly if somebody asks me.
    SooooOOOo to answer this question, yes you can.

    This is what I did, I started the download with Windows 7 64 bit. Got the option to choose how to upgrade, picked save nothing. After download I picked install from new media. Burned the iso file on DVD, booted from the DVD with a clean hard drive and it installed, entered my product key at the start of the install, Activation happened sometime during install.
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  5. #115


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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    SooooOOOo to answer this question, yes you can.

    This is what I did, I started the download with Windows 7 64 bit. Got the option to choose how to upgrade, picked save nothing. After download I picked install from new media. Burned the iso file on DVD, booted from the DVD with a clean hard drive and it installed, entered my product key at the start of the install, Activation happened sometime during install.
    Clean hard drive meaning, a new hdd which had no previous windows installed on it?
    Or u mean u formatted the hdd by booting from the media?

    @Brink ya i was aware of that but didn' mention it in that post.
    dlcampbe ran the upgrade assistant form a legit win7 to purchase the key and installed it over his win8 eval version on a different laptop (iirc) which is completely fine.
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  6. #116


    Quote Originally Posted by roofrider View Post

    Clean hard drive meaning, a new hdd which had no previous windows installed on it?
    Meaning exactly that, was a brand new SSD out of the box with no OS installed on it whats so ever . .
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  7. #117


    I might be wrong, but couldn't the licence check be being done when you first download? At this point you must have some operating system to download to.

    I'd like to go though the following procedure:-

    I have Win 7 on an SSD,
    I have Win Vista on HDD with the Bootloader there. Not good!
    I also have Win 8 RP on the same HDD.

    I think I'm within my rights to use Vista to download the upgrade (bye-bye licence) create boot media, but then delete that partition, copy the Win 7 partition back to the HDD and upgrade that to Win 8 with the media I created.

    So - I've lost my Vista licence, but kept Win7 and Win8 dual booting. Delete Win8 RP.
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  8. #118


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    Windows7, 8 pretty soon


    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by roofrider View Post

    Clean hard drive meaning, a new hdd which had no previous windows installed on it?
    Meaning exactly that, was a brand new SSD out of the box with no OS installed on it whats so ever . .
    Lol that contradicts everything i've read regarding this, i'm tired now.
    Good for u.
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  9. #119


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hey Bob,

    Sure you can do a "clean" install (format) from anything, but that's not an upgrade install. It's just that you can do a "upgrade" install from Enterprise to say Windows 8 Pro.

    Are you sure you did a clean install? A clean install formats the HDD, then installs the new OS.
    Yes.

    I manually went into the advanced settings, and deleted the existing partitions.
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  10. #120


    Quote Originally Posted by roofrider View Post
    Lol that contradicts everything i've read regarding this, i'm tired now.
    Good for u.
    Haha I dont blame you, still a lot of uneasy minds regarding all of this... but yeah, did nothing special or different, not even any registry hacks -_-
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