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How to re-install Windows 8 from OEM version

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    When upgrading from Windows 7 HP to Windows 7 Pro Anytime upgrade was used.
    Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums
    Which is the same as upgrading from Windows 8 Hp to Windows 8 Pro using Add features.
    Add Features to Windows 8

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    My situation is that I will soon have two laptops: my existing 32 bit laptop running Windows 7 and a newly purchased, soon to arrive 64 bit laptop running (standard) Windows 8. I am thinking of purchasing the $39.99 promotion for Windows 8 Pro before it expires next month. It would be nice to do that and keep the option as to which of the two laptops I install it on. I just read a thread in which someone was able to purchase the promotion and download both 32 and 64 bit versions of the ISO file. If true, this would give me that flexibility. After all you're basically buying the key, not the media. Can anyone confirm that this is possible? To see the reference check the post by
    BJW dated November 19th here:Pete
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    information   Information
    If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
    If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.
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  4. #24


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    information   Information
    If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
    If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.
    Thanks, but you missed the point of my question and the referenced thread. The point was the ability to create both a 32 bit and 64 bit media as part of buying a single key to provide future flexibility as to where you did the install.
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    Q1: How to clean install windows 8 HP DELL OEM version?

    A1:
    1) How to order Dell reinstall DVD & Driver's & APP DVD's.
    Dell - Support


    2) Clean the HD Drive, using Step one in this tutorial:
    SSD / HDD : Optimize for Windows Reinstallation - Windows 7 Forums
    Than type> convent gpt
    & than Reboot PC to install.

    3) How to clean install with a uEFI BIOs:
    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with


    4) Install your Dell drivers from the Dell drivers disk.

    Q2: How to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro Pack on a windows 8 HP DELL OEM version?

    A1:

    Click image for larger version

    My 14 month old Grand Child, done this on Monday.
    To uograde to Pro Pack
    No install files needed.
    Only the Upgrade key is need.

    Add Features to Windows 8

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    Last edited by theog; 08 Dec 2012 at 07:41. Reason: Add screenshots
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    I have just succeeded in installing both Windows 7 and 8 to UEFI/GPT partitions. They are separate installs backed up with Acronis ie, not dual boot. The trick was making sure that the OS DVD was booted while the BIOS was set to UEFI mode. I don't believe it will work if you boot the DVDs in Legacy mode. When the 'Install now' screen appeared I typed <shift-F10> to get a command prompt and ran diskpart to clean and convert gpt. After doing this for Windows 8, I then attempted the same thing with Windows 7. I left the partitions alone and got an error message informing me that the partitions were in the wrong order? I clicked Proceed. I don't know how serious this error might be, but the install did continue without further issues. Anyone know what this error signifies?

    Of course, I can't boot Windows 7 with secure boot which makes me wonder if UEFI offers any advantages over Legacy/MBR partitions on my laptop if I choose to use Windows 7?
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    Of course, I can't boot Windows 7 with secure boot which makes me wonder if UEFI offers any advantages over Legacy/MBR partitions on my laptop if I choose to use Windows 7?
    You told that some time ago.

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