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Want to clean install 64-bit Windows 8 over 32-bit Vista

  1. #31


    Posts : 131
    Win7-8 Dual Boot on a Commodore 64

    No changes since day one.


    Getting kinda close to January 31st, 2012.
    So today I purchased and downloaded a copy of Win 8 Pro for my wife's computer.

    There was no need to download, for the file size of the ISO I burned today is
    the exact same file size as the one I burned on October 26th 2012.

    2,896,756,736 bytes.

    You can use the same installation disk on 100 computers.
    Just make sure you have 100 valid Products keys to enter
    when prompted for such on each of those installations.

    And if the ESD folder still resides on your HDD, you can always install from there also.
    C:\Users\You\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup\Sources\WebSetup.exe /late elevate

    Click image for larger version
    Last edited by Windunce; 26 Jan 2013 at 03:45.

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  2. #32


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Right,

    So I do have a question. I performed the install, but the customization option seemed to pass me by, and most strangely - when I went into System, Windows was already activated?? No need to do either of the steps at the end of the tutorial to activate?

    I'm a little disconcerted.
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  3. #33


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    How did you install it, and what was already installed?
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  4. #34


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I installed it as stated in the tutorial listed in the quotes in my 1st post - for Clean Install using an upgrade. I installed it over my Vista 32-bit OEM OS. SO I selected delete and then installed onto the unallocated space.

    When I booted from the disk in BIOS to start the setup, after stage 9 in this guide, the system restarted and tried to start the install from scratch again. So, I set the boot device priority back the Harddrive and this did a getting Devices ready page, rebooted itself and voila shiny Windows?

    Nothing is ever as it should be when I do these things..
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  5. #35


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    If you used a Microsoft account, it most likely pulled the info from it on the MS servers.
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  6. #36


    Posts : 23
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Nope. Did is as a Local account. Everything seems to be working fine though

    I haven't even installed any drivers and everything seems to be working? I'm using an Asus P5N-E SLI board - which is pretty old, so the nforce 650i drivers seem to be for W7 64-bit.. I might install them and see what happens..

    Thanks for all your help by the way!
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  7. #37


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Well, great news though, and you're most welcome.

    Just be sure to create restore points before doing anything that you may wish to undo with a system restore if needed.
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