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How to Install Windows 8 on the expired verion of Win.8 RP

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    Windows 8 RP

    How to Install Windows 8 on the expired verion of Win.8 RP

    Hello guys this is my first post....i wanted a help from you guys...the problem is that whenever I try to install win.8 pro on my expired win.8 RP,it tells me that "The version of this program isn't compatible with the version of windows you're running.Check your computer's system information whether you need a different version of the program for the 32-bit version,64-bit version or a ARM Processor.Then,see if it's available from the software publisher."
    When I try to install by booting it says "Error loading operating system." PLease Help !!
    otherwise i will get restart within every 2 hours.....

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    Welcome to EightForums, iamnaman. Sorry to read of your problem.

    8 RP is not a qualifying OS to upgrade. You must have XP, Vista, or 7 to qualify. The upgrade is not a stand alone edition. You may want to read this page:

    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Do you have your prior OS media or mirror that you can load on the machine?

    One other alternative is to purchase the OEM system builder edition.
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    Win 8 Pro - 64Bit

    Can't you just format the drive and follow the instructions here
    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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    As long as one abides by the EULA. One must have a qualifying OS and not use it afterwards. I think RP is not a qualifying OS. I'll quote Brink from the thread you linked.

    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Garry,

    Quote Originally Posted by garry35 View Post
    install the qualifying OS and boot from USB drive or ISO with the old OS still present ?
    You would only need to boot from the USB/DVD that you created from the ISO to start the Windows 8 installation to install it to whatever drive/partition you like.

    Quote Originally Posted by garry35 View Post
    it was my understanding that the upgrader needs to see a qualifying OS to work. if the drive is clean then how can it work if it cant see a qualifying OS.

    Only the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant must be run in a qualifying OS to be able to purchase and download the Windows 8 upgrade ISO.

    You can install Windows 8 upgrade however you like so long as you abide by the EULA and not use your qualifying OS while you have the Windows 8 upgrade activated.

    The upgrade installation itself only checks for an existing Windowws for activation, that's why you install Windows 8 upgrade first, then must do the refresh for it to be able to activate. The refresh acts as the upgrade from itself to itself.

    Hope this helps,
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