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Downloading the upgrade

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    Downloading the upgrade

    If I download the Windows 8 upgrade for 39.99 on Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows

    Do I need to have Windows 7 installed? Or can I do a fresh install of windows 8 with this?


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    From a legal standpoint, yes this version of Windows will require that Windows 7, Vista or XP be installed that you can upgrade from (even if doing a clean install).

    However, it seems some install the Windows 8 preview release and upgrade with a clean install from that. There is also a registry hack that is easily found on the web which will give you the steps to get the product to activate after clean installing it.
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    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    Seems like I just need to download iso, burn it, and install clean, no?
    Last edited by Brink; 09 Jan 2013 at 15:55. Reason: updated link
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    Hello gizbug,

    Yes, you can legally use that tutorial to do a clean install with a Windows 8 upgrade.

    The only EULA requirements is that you no longer have say that specific Windows 7 activated anymore while you have the Windows 8 upgrade activated.

    Now, you will need to run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant from within the Windows 7 to be able to purchase the Windows 8 upgrade though.
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    Thanks. I purchased/dl windows 8 pro. After it downloads, I have an Install Windows icon on my desktop, however when I click it, it says Install Now or Install later from desktop. Where is the option to burn the iso to dvd?
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1

    Click on INSTALL LATER.
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    See steps 17 and 20 in the tutorial below for more details as well.

    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run
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    Quote Originally Posted by gizbug View Post
    Thanks. I purchased/dl windows 8 pro. After it downloads, I have an Install Windows icon on my desktop, however when I click it, it says Install Now or Install later from desktop. Where is the option to burn the iso to dvd?
    Are you using Windows XP? (In my experience, upgrading different XP laptops, the "install by creating media" option doesn't appear within XP.)
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