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

  1. #21


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    Windows 8 Pro


    Hello guys.

    When I 1st received mine from Amazon yesterday I was wondering myself, so I tried to do a advanced custom clean install from Windows 8 RTM enterprise what I did have installed at that time, and that actually work btw.

    Windows 8 was automatically activated aswell.

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  2. #22


    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan2320 View Post
    So it looks like you can't install this on a blank drive.
    so even though you used VMware to try and install windows 8 on a blank disk, does this mean I can install windows on a new ssd that I bought that currently has nothing on it....
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  3. #23


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    I see no reason why you can't install it on a clean disk if you're putting it on the same PC.

    MS will already have a record of the activation anyway.
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  4. #24


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    Windows Seven x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan2320 View Post
    So it looks like you can't install this on a blank drive.
    so even though you used VMware to try and install windows 8 on a blank disk, does this mean I can install windows on a new ssd that I bought that currently has nothing on it....
    If you bought Windows 8 (the upgrade) I don't think it will work, because this is a new drive and there was no Windows 7, Vista or XP before on that SSD.

    It looks like you will need to get the Windows 8 System Builder kit....

    Hope this Helps.
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  5. #25


    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan2320 View Post

    If you bought Windows 8 (the upgrade) I don't think it will work, because this is a new drive and there was no Windows 7, Vista or XP before on that SSD.

    It looks like you will need to get the Windows 8 System Builder kit....

    Hope this Helps.
    ah bummer.. there is so much contrivers with this and I have read and been told that I should be able to do a clean install with windows 8 on a fresh hard drive as long as I have a genuine windows package (which I do) ....
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  6. #26


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    Windows 8 Pro/Windows 8 Pro/Windows 7 64 Bit64Bit/Windows XP


    Just give it a go what does it matter, its a clean disk anyway it doesn't take long to install, you'll soon find out.
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  7. #27


    what I did want to do then was save me some cash, although it is cheap the moment, but if this doesnt work, then at least I can put that money towards the full version of windows 8
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  8. #28


    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Professional


    Glad to report that it works! I used a Win7 retail disc and did a clean reformat. I did not enter a serial number and left the OS on 30-day trial mode.
    I went to the Windows 8 upgrade page and downloaded the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and made the purchase from there.
    My guess is that the Upgrade Assistant never checked for a product key!!
    This is great news especially since I've never owned a Windows OS (had a volume-licensed WinXP then a pirated Win7 in my teens). Feels good to finally have a legit OS for my homebrew.
    I was able to burn my DVD ISO and do a clean reformat using that Win8 disc.
    Thanks to dproberts55 for posting his results and making it known this is even possible.
    To Microsoft, thanks for letting the few of us that have been too broke to afford your excellent OS finally get on the bandwagon. Now that I have Win8 Pro, I won't mind shelling out another $40 for Win9 in a few years. Microsoft now has a new loyal customer..

    I almost forgot to mention, after I entered my payment information (credit card number, billing address) and clicked the "make purchase" button (or whatever it says), the Upgrade Assistant said that the purchase could not be completed. So I clicked "back" (you're never supposed to do this) and rechecked my payment information (card number, etc.). I clicked "make purchase" again and again it failed. I then used a completely different card and the purchase went through. I later checked my checking account via online banking and I had BEEN CHARGED THE FIRST TWO TIMES!! YES, THE FIRST TWO THAT HAD SUPPOSEDLY FAILED!
    I don't know if anyone else has experienced this or will experience it but those 3 charges, each for $39.99 work out to being just under the price for Windows 8 "System Builder" DVD on Newegg for $140!
    I called Microsoft and they politely informed me that I'll be given a refund (seriously, bless them, they're too good to us) but I wondered if this was Microsoft's way of getting close to fair market value for their new OS..
    I'm just happy I got Win8 Pro.
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  9. #29


    Posts : 38
    Windows7, 8 pretty soon


    I'm yet to catch up on this thread, my case is similar.
    I'll be installing it on a new hdd, mobo and processor too.
    I want to know if that can be done with the retail upgrade dvd. Or do i need the systen builder?
    My original post is in this thread here x32 or x64, which did I get?
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  10. #30


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


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Yes, you can, but the same rules apply as Windows 7 End User Liicence Agreement:
    Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Forums
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    So in the end you have to have a valid Windows 7 OS (or other ones that are listed) to be able to clean install Windows 8. .
    Yes, than you do a clean install legally.

    Do you have a valid Windows XP/Vista or 7 OS for the new PC.
    If NO, you need a full.retail or OEM.
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