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Windows 8 Pro and clean install

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    Windows 8 Pro and clean install


    Just to continue on from last night, I did a clean install over Windows 8 Release Preview, no other Windows version on the disk. While installing I formatted the HDD and did a totally clean install. I installed with my Windows Live account, everything went smoothly with no other Windows version installed.

    Last night I wasn't sure if my install was activated, I checked this morning and it was. I'm pretty sure this is a surprise to most people as we were led to believe we had to install over an old system, even though in the past there were ways around this.

    I'm not sure if this has anything to do with my live account or not as I have a few liscenses, but at least I was surprised by the activation.

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    That is pretty cool if it is attaching licencing to your live Id. At the sane time I can see it causing problems if some one steals your live Id.
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    Windows 8.1 64bit Pro


    I can confirm this.
    Got Windows 8Pro upgrade downloaded from Microsoft, and I wanted to install this on a complete NEW ssd. There was not even a partition on the ssd. I booted from the USB-key that windows made after it was downloaded. Installed without a problem, and at no time it asked for my Windows 7 DVD. The installation did make the 3 partitions (systemrestore, UEFI BOOT, and the C:\), and as soon as it was installed, it activate itself.
    This was a nice surprice as I thought I had to install Win7 before, but luckely I tried directly with an empty ssd :-)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lucas89 View Post
    That is pretty cool if it is attaching licencing to your live Id. At the sane time I can see it causing problems if some one steals your live Id.
    Yes it was pretty cool as it kept my settings I had on the release preview, even favourites in Explorer 10.
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    The settings go as far as wifi passwords. If you have say a tablet and a PC it syncs the settings between the 2.
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