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

  1. #71


    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    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) ....
    This statement is completely untrue.

    To qualify for the upgrade you just need to have a copy of either Windows 7, Vista or XP that is NOT currently being used and is not currently activated, as in retired copy/activation. Although upgrading from 32 to 64 bit may present some legal problems.

    That means that if you have an old unused copy of these Op systems then you qualify for the 40 dollar upgrade. You just can't use those copy's again after you upgrade to Windows 8. And I'm pretty sure that most of us fall into this category.

    I know I have a copy of 64 bit Vista laying around and also a copy of XP Pro, not to mention a couple of old machines sitting in a closet with unused copy's of XP still on them. These all would qualify for the 40 dollar upgrade and those licenses are transferable to other machines according to the Eula.

    So rather than retiring any of my Windows 7 activations I can use these older copy's to upgrade from which is good because I'm not using them anyway. Microsoft makes this affordable for all of it's previous customers.

    You can for certain install the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro with no previous Op system on the drive.

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  2. #72


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    [Q. You aren't supposed to keep using Windows 7 after you upgrade it.
    You are correct, I'm assuming that my retired copy of Vista qualifies. So I won't have to quit using Win 7. I didn't want to install and then remove Vista first.
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  3. #73


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    You can for certain install the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro with no previous Op system on the drive.
    But then will you have to keep another activated OS on one of your other hdds??

    Quote Originally Posted by nikolator View Post
    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?


    Alright sweet, that sounds easy enough!!!
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  4. #74


    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    You can for certain install the upgrade version of Windows 8 Pro with no previous Op system on the drive.
    But it doesn't seem as if you can activate it. Unless you jump through some hoops from what I have read. This post was supposed to be a simple question of can you install onto a 100% completely blank drive and we are 8 pages into it and still don't have an agreed upon consensus.
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  5. #75


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    Quote Originally Posted by chev65 View Post
    To qualify for the upgrade you just need to have a copy of either Windows 7, Vista or XP that is NOT currently being used and is not currently activated, as in retired copy/activation. Although upgrading from 32 to 64 bit may present some legal problems.
    Sorry to add another post without answering the op's question, but I wanted to use my laptops's 64 bit Windows 7 OS that qualifies for the 14.99 upgrade and use it to install onto my desktop. The idea being that my current PC might not work too well with such a new OS - things like BIOS not being UEFI and legacy drivers etc. I was told that I could install a Windows 7 trial mode onto a new HDD and install the ISO of the Windows 8 upgrade that I got from the laptop upgrade on top of that?..

    Even if all this worked, would that then mean that I could NOT use the Windows 7 OS on the laptop used to download the upgrade?
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    Even if all this worked, would that then mean that I could NOT use the Windows 7 OS on the laptop used to download the upgrade?
    As MS are linking the COA of your Notebook to the 14.99 Upgrade, may be.
    Microsoft closes Windows 8 upgrade offer loophole
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  7. #77


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    As MS are linking the COA of your Notebook to the 14.99 Upgrade, may be.
    Microsoft closes Windows 8 upgrade offer loophole
    Hmmmm, still a bit of a grey area. I really want to give W8 a bash. But i'm not going to do it, if it means that a) I'll lose my right to use the W7 laptop and b) lose my current Vista OS that has all my software on it (if I did the straight upgrade from my desktop).

    That note above seems to say it closes the loophole that meant it wasn't checking the validity of the info given. The laptop definitely qualifies for the 14.99 offer..
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  8. #78


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Hey guys.Just finished paying for upgrade offer and Windows 8 download is in progress.I am confused about one thing only.I will create a bootable USB and will do clean install over my Windows 7 partition.My question is does the Windows 8 Bootable USB detect the previous valid installation of Windows 7 before clean installing Windows 8??

    The reason i am asking is that i don't want to mess things up and end up with non-activated Windows 8 because it couldn't detect the Windows 7 and stops the upgrading.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dreamer View Post
    Hey guys.Just finished paying for upgrade offer and Windows 8 download is in progress.I am confused about one thing only.I will create a bootable USB and will do clean install over my Windows 7 partition.My question is does the Windows 8 Bootable USB detect the previous valid installation of Windows 7 before clean installing Windows 8??

    The reason i am asking is that i don't want to mess things up and end up with non-activated Windows 8 because it couldn't detect the Windows 7 and stops the upgrading.
    If you do not format the HD Drive before hand, Yes.
    Setup will make a folder called Windows. old.
    Windows.old Folder - Delete in Windows 8
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  10. #80


    Posts : 53
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks Theog.

    I want to clarify further.After creating bootable USB,i don't want to run the installer from within Windows 7 rather than from the boot.Will the upgrading clean installation still work???
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