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Can you use the Windows Pro upgrade to install Windows 8 on a new HDD?

  1. #11


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    Windows 8 Pro


    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. Easy

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  2. #12


    Texas
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    Win 8.1, Win 10P, Win7-all, RIP XPP, 'droid 2.2, 2.3,4.x, 5..IOS,


    super!
    that's what we'll do then.

    Quote Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
    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. Easy
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by cognus View Post
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    Quote Originally Posted by cognus View Post
    are we SURE about this path? have some tried and activated oK? reason I ask is simple: I have a few people I've done work for, for whom I had installed RP or CP and I had assumed they would have to move back to their original os: xp, vista, whatever, then do an upgrade. If not, sure saves some work!

    It looks like for me at least, I have to re-install 7 first.
    something odd... i have the enterprise RTM on my lab mule and when I run the "upgrade" tool, it does not show me eligible for the 40 buck download.... I'm a second-class citizen
    The Upgrade Assistant won't allow you buy the upgrade from a machine running Win8 Enterprise Evaluation.

    However, I was able to purchase it on another PC. The confirmation email included a link that allowed me to download the upgrade on the Win8 machine.

    I was able to do a clean install of Win8 Pro over the Enterprise Eval copy, and activate it. (That's not supposed to work.) (In case you're concerned that I commited casual piracy, I didn't: my qualifying OS is Win7 Pro System Builder.)
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  4. #14


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    Windows 8 enterprise x64


    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    (In case you're concerned that I commited casual piracy, I didn't: my qualifying OS is Win7 Pro System Builder.)

    The problem is you install it on another PC than the one that qualify and from witch you download it, if not you just teach someone how to do it,
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by area 66 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
    (In case you're concerned that I commited casual piracy, I didn't: my qualifying OS is Win7 Pro System Builder.)

    The problem is you install it on another PC than the one that qualify and from witch you download it, if not you just teach someone how to do it,
    I'm not sure that I understand what you post.

    You can only activate the Win8 upgrade if you install it on a PC with a qualifying OS.

    It's perfectly legit to install the upgrade on any qualifying PC, if you stay within the rules. (One license key per PC. An OS that qualifies for the upgrade must be present.)

    The Upgrade Assistant is a lot more restrictive than I think it should be. For example: it's legit to use an upgrade license to switch from a 32 bit version to 64 bit Win8. (A clean install is required.) If the OS you're running the Assistant from is 32 bit, I know of no way to use it to download the 64 bit version. Pfui.
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  6. #16


    Quote Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
    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. Easy
    This is exactly what I did and worked no problems for me...
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  7. #17


    Quote Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
    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. Easy
    It worked for me as well. Although I partitioned my hard drive, it was still blank and booted from burned ISO which installed flawlessly.
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