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Upgrade Key and Full Install Disc

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    Philadelphia
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    Upgrade Key and Full Install Disc


    On Windows 7, I could use a full install disc, skip entering a key, and then pop in an upgrade key to activate. I know with Windows 8, that you can't skip the key during the install routine, so here's my question:

    I have several licenses for Windows 8 from TechNet and Retail purchases. Could I use a full install disc of Windows 8, put enter my upgrade key during the install process? I remember in past versions and other software, you'd be prompted for a key or disc of a previous version.

    If that isn't an option, and I go with plan B, following the clean install (using upgrade) tutorial here, how "clean" does it leave the system? I'd have no files on the computer at all worth saving, I just don't want duplicate OS files....hence the reason I'm interested in the clean install above.

    If it matters, this would be done on my Ultrabook, which is an HP Envy 4t-1000.

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    You might want to consider a program such as Active KillDisk. There also is a for-money version.
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    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    That isn't related to my question. I'm not trying to wipe out a drive or clean a drive's contents.
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    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    I think the product key might not be accepted... I suggest you to stock to plan b..
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  6. #6


    Philadelphia
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    That's the tutorial I referenced in my first post. I was asking if there was a simpler way, or if that is the only way, how well it works.
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    Hello Deacon,

    For an upgrade license (key number), the method in the tutorial is the only way I know of to legally activate it with a clean install.
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    Philadelphia
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I was afraid that was going to be the answer. I guess the refresh option works well enough in your tutorial, especially since no files or software would have been installed before the refresh process anyway. I'll give that a shot. The end result is probably going to be far better off than loading Windows 7 and then upgrading to 8. Thanks!
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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're welcome. Please let us know how it went.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DeaconFrost View Post
    That isn't related to my question. I'm not trying to wipe out a drive or clean a drive's contents.
    OK, but you said: "I just don't want duplicate OS files....hence the reason I'm interested in the clean install above." I don't think clean install necessarily will accomplish what you mention in ensuring there are no duplicate OS files. You might still have duplicate OS files even though they are not specifically identifiable via the OS if you clean install. I guess I read you too literally.
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