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Can I install Windows8upgrade without Windows7 installed.

  1. #11


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    Clean install Windows 8 pro Upgrade....

    To all of you who are uncertain of this, I can verify that you do not need any kind of Trick & Cheats to do this.
    This i not a guess or just me blabbing empty words, I have done this several times already.

    When I set up a PC I always delete all partitions including the recovery partition, I will never ever need this. Of course I always ask people and explain what this means before doing so on others machines.
    But by deleting all that crap the manufacturer installs gives you an entire better feel and overview of your setup.

    To get the upgrade you need a PC with an activated OS XP and up, go to this link and follow directions,- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/buy?ocid=GA8_O_MSCOM_Prog_FPP_Null_Null
    During the procedure you get the option to save to an ISO file, do that and burn with your preferred program (ImgBurn)
    You also get the option to buy an install DVD ($20) waste of money if you ask me.

    If you need Windows Media Center it is available for free limited to January 31, 2013 -- http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs
    Instructions on how to in the link.

    -----------
    Windows 8 Pro 64 bit DK Upgrade bought from Microsoft can be installed and activated without any kind of previous installation or use of licenskeys (Clean Install)

    >>Boot from CD, and when you get to –“Which installation type do you want” Choose Custom: Install Windows only (advanced).
    Choose now which partition you want to use or delete all partitions by clicking (Drive options (advanced) Highlight each (one at the time) partition and delete.
    Now create a new partition for your OS, use either all available space (one partition) or split the space as you desire. The other partitions can be created after installation via Disk Management.
    Final highlight the partition you created or chose and click next, installation begins.

    I´m a new member and there for not allowed to post links so please remove the from my links, perhaps an Operator will remove them, Thanks.


    Source: M.D.L.

    I did it already 2 times myself. I own 2 Key's for $14.99 and 1 Key for $69.99, but there are still some user's where it didn't work, mainly Laptop-Users.

    The Upgrade-Path with keeping all your appz and settings doesn't work most of the time.


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  2. #12


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    I did it already 2 times myself. I own 2 Key's for $14.99 and 1 Key for $69.99, but there are still some user's where it didn't work, mainly Laptop-Users.

    The Upgrade-Path with keeping all your appz and settings doesn't work most of the time.
    When using the new Windows 7 PC offer ($14.99), you need to use the OEM manufacturer's Upgrade Adviser/Installer.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I did it already 2 times myself. I own 2 Key's for $14.99 and 1 Key for $69.99, but there are still some user's where it didn't work, mainly Laptop-Users.

    The Upgrade-Path with keeping all your appz and settings doesn't work most of the time.
    When using the new Windows 7 PC offer ($14.99), you need to use the OEM manufacturer's Upgrade Adviser/Installer.
    That's right. I had 2 Windows-7-Custom-Builds and have an old Dell-Box.

    So the 2x $14.99 are via Upgrade-Advisor / Installer from within Windows-7-Ultimate-SP1-x64 and the one for $69.99 is for my Dell, as it's already 2 years old.

    I also build myself via the en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso + XDELTA-Pack a Windows-8-Pro-WMC and integrated my activation / keys, that I don't have to download the WMC all the time and only have to re-enter the WMC-Key. That's nothing illegal, as I legally own the right keys to do so.

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    [QUOTE=TONSCHUH;170585]

    Clean install Windows 8 pro Upgrade....

    To all of you who are uncertain of this, I can verify that you do not need any kind of Trick & Cheats to do this.
    This i not a guess or just me blabbing empty words, I have done this several times already.

    I don't think anyone here doubts you can do a clean install using, for example, an upgrade install disc without tricks or cheats. Is that your main point--that such an install can be done without tricks or cheats?
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  5. #15


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    Yes, that's the point. The Quote was not my own post btw., I only quoted it to show, that it's not only working with my machines.

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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Thanks.
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  7. #17


    Ok so I have now performed a clean install of Windows8x64 on my existing harddrive but by deleting the previous windows7 install using diskpart/clean/format/active/etc.

    Now I am up and running I have hit an issue when activating :

    Invalid Product key:

    The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key :

    Code:
    0xC004F061

    Description:
    The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not clean installations.
    Any help please I really dont want to reinstall W7 fresh, then W8 again.

    Thanks
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  8. #18


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    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    Quote Originally Posted by mfx View Post
    Ok so I have now performed a clean install of Windows8x64 on my existing harddrive but by deleting the previous windows7 install using diskpart/clean/format/active/etc.

    Now I am up and running I have hit an issue when activating :

    Invalid Product key:

    The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key :

    Code:
    0xC004F061

    Description:
    The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not clean installations.
    Any help please I really dont want to reinstall W7 fresh, then W8 again.

    Thanks
    Sorry, that you are one of the unlucky ones, but you could do 2 things:

    1.) Just install Windows-8 again over the already installed Windows-8 and activate it after

    or

    2.) Do the following:

    Change this registry key:

    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE

    Change "MediaBootInstall" from "1" to "0"

    After doing that, typed "slmgr /rearm" (without the " ") into a command prompt (right-click, Run as Admin), wait for conformation prompt, restart your pc and activate Windows-8.



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    It could be that M$ already changed something within the Upgrade-ISO or the activation-process, as now more people seem to get this issue too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mfx View Post
    Ok so I have now performed a clean install of Windows8x64 on my existing harddrive but by deleting the previous windows7 install using diskpart/clean/format/active/etc.

    Now I am up and running I have hit an issue when activating :

    Invalid Product key:

    The following failure occurred while trying to use the product key :

    Code:
    0xC004F061

    Description:
    The Software Licensing Service determined that this specified product key can only be used for upgrading, not clean installations.
    Any help please I really dont want to reinstall W7 fresh, then W8 again.

    Thanks
    Did you do part two of the tutorial:
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  10. #20


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    Windows-10-Pro-Build-11099.rs1-x64


    I just checked my Upgrade-ISO's and they are different:

    My ISO from 26.10.12:

    md5: 62fe4095acebefa870ccd8be0c853e58

    My Wife's ISO from 05.01.13:

    md5: f1d6363c154c1144ebcf682e922eb941

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