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

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


    I read that you could if you choose the option to install from a new media.

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    Not without a registry hack, or a previous copy of Windows already installed on the hard drive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Not without a registry hack, or a previous copy of Windows already installed on the hard drive.
    and I take it that windows 8 RT doesnt count??
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    Yes, you can not upgrade RTM but RP, CP are fine.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Moodkiller View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Not without a registry hack, or a previous copy of Windows already installed on the hard drive.
    and I take it that windows 8 RT doesnt count??
    Are you sure you have RT as it is for an ARM processor?

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    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Yes, you can not upgrade RTM but RP, CP are fine.
    thank you for that brummyfan

    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man
    Are you sure you have RT as it is for an ARM processor?
    Apologies, I meant RP on that one...
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    You can install the upgrade with no prior OS installed. When you download the upgrade, pick the option to "save nothing" and then when the download finishes pick the option "install from new media". Take the iso and burn it to a DVD, boot from the DVD and install.
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    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!


    Quote Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
    You can install the upgrade with no prior OS installed. When you download the upgrade, pick the option to "save nothing" and then when the download finishes pick the option "install from new media". Take the iso and burn it to a DVD, boot from the DVD and install.
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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!


    Quote Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
    You can install the upgrade with no prior OS installed. When you download the upgrade, pick the option to "save nothing" and then when the download finishes pick the option "install from new media". Take the iso and burn it to a DVD, boot from the DVD and install.
    It looks like for me at least, I have to re-install 7 first.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pyrate View Post
    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!


    Quote Originally Posted by ddeen View Post
    You can install the upgrade with no prior OS installed. When you download the upgrade, pick the option to "save nothing" and then when the download finishes pick the option "install from new media". Take the iso and burn it to a DVD, boot from the DVD and install.
    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
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