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

  1. #51


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    Win7 64bit Ultimate -Win8 Preview 64bit


    Interesting
    I was running the Win 8 trial and own a win xp pro license I planned to apply
    I paid $39.00, received my key, downloaded and burned the iso file, and ran the upgrade over the trial.
    This went fine although it wiped out everything back to a fresh install. Next time I could use Easy Transfer to save these and import
    them after. The upgrade asked me for the upgrade key but never for the key for a qualifying product; the trial doesn't count. I activated OK. I have no complaints

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  2. #52


    A lot of talks and legends...
    Here the truth
    1. You do not need a buy Windows 8 System builder for clean installation on a new PC, you will receive a tool to prepare CD/USB installation media with purchasing Windows 8 upgrade
    2. You do not need activated Windows System on an old PC to receive a key and installation tool.
    3. You should just to know that you do not have a choice between 32 bit and 64 bit to receive a tool for creation installation CD/USB, it depends what system is installed on your old PC.
    4. If you a got a key, your new Windows 8 depends only of installation media you are going to use (32 or 64 bit)

    Now how to make a clean installation on new PC using a key received as an upgrade.
    1. Prepare you installation media.
    2. Your new PC should be connected to internet.
    3. Make a clean installation. Choose ” installation with Local Account (not a Microsft account!). Turn Automatic Windows upgrade "off"
    4. Check Control Panel/System and Security/System. You will see ” Product Id: Not available”.
    5. Restart.
    6 Go Settings/Change PC Settings/General/Refresh your PC without...(You will be asked to use installation media again)
    7. After that check the activation - it's activated!
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  3. #53


    Quote Originally Posted by nikolator View Post
    A lot of talks and legends...
    Here the truth
    1. You do not need a buy Windows 8 System builder for clean installation on a new PC, you will receive a tool to prepare CD/USB installation media with purchasing Windows 8 upgrade
    2. You do not need activated Windows System on an old PC to receive a key and installation tool.
    3. You should just to know that you do not have a choice between 32 bit and 64 bit to receive a tool for creation installation CD/USB, it depends what system is installed on your old PC.
    4. If you a got a key, your new Windows 8 depends only of installation media you are going to use (32 or 64 bit)

    Now how to make a clean installation on new PC using a key received as an upgrade.
    1. Prepare you installation media.
    2. Your new PC should be connected to internet.
    3. Make a clean installation. Choose ” installation with Local Account (not a Microsft account!). Turn Automatic Windows upgrade "off"
    4. Check Control Panel/System and Security/System. You will see ” Product Id: Not available”.
    5. Restart.
    6 Go Settings/Change PC Settings/General/Refresh your PC without...(You will be asked to use installation media again)
    7. After that check the activation - it's activated!
    Is this how you personally did it Nikolator???
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  4. #54


    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    Is this how you personally did it Nikolator???
    Five times, including uefi, non uefi, raid, all brand new builds...
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  5. #55


    haha ok then I'll take your word and method for it .

    So with me, who has windows 7 on one hard drive, I will be able to install windows 8 on my new ssd by the method that you listed???
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  6. #56


    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    haha ok then I'll take your word and method for it .

    So with me, who has windows 7 on one hard drive, I will be able to install windows 8 on my new ssd by the method that you listed???
    Are you going to install dual boot according
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    Step7?
    In this case I do not see any problems.
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  7. #57


    Quote Originally Posted by nikolator View Post

    Are you going to install dual boot according
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    Step7?
    In this case I do not see any problems.
    Well, I was hoping to then remove windows 7 completely and make windows 8 my primary and only OS (bit like I have got windows 7 set up now) ??
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  8. #58


    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by nikolator View Post

    Are you going to install dual boot according
    Dual Boot Installation - Windows 8 and Windows 7 or Vista
    Step7?
    In this case I do not see any problems.
    Well, I was hoping to then remove windows 7 completely and make windows 8 my primary and only OS (bit like I have got windows 7 set up now) ??
    So the shortest way is to get upgrade, prepare installer, disconnect Win 7 SSD and make a clean installation of Win 8.
    You really do not want to have a mess with dual boot, right?
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  9. #59


    Quote Originally Posted by kbrady View Post
    Interesting
    I was running the Win 8 trial and own a win xp pro license I planned to apply
    I paid $39.00, received my key, downloaded and burned the iso file, and ran the upgrade over the trial.
    This went fine although it wiped out everything back to a fresh install. Next time I could use Easy Transfer to save these and import
    them after. The upgrade asked me for the upgrade key but never for the key for a qualifying product; the trial doesn't count. I activated OK. I have no complaints
    Yes, the Upgrade Advisor was cleverly designed, it can check your system for previous windows installations.
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  10. #60


    Posts : 502
    Vanilla 8 Pro x64


    Can you use an upgrade key to activate an existing un-activated RTM Pro installation?
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