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Windows 8 upgrade version install on new hardware.

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    Windows 8 upgrade version install on new hardware.


    I got the Win 8 pro upgrade and since I am getting a nice refund for taxes I am buying an new motherboard cpu and ram.

    What I would like to know is am I still going to be able to use the Upgrade on the new hardware? I can install win 7 first then do an upgrade if need be. Will I have to do something with the activation or what?

    I am unsure of what is going to be required of me. Am I still legal with the upgrade install or will I have to buy an oem or retail?

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    Hello Sparker,

    As long as you no longer use the Windows 7 product key while the Windows 8 is installed, then you'll be good to go to do a clean install with the upgrade copy.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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    Thanks very much. I should have also stated I was not sure whether to boot to the usb stick or do it from in Windows. Booting is what I see is needed.

    So all I need to do is either run that batch file and reboot to activate it or refresh. Which is the preferred method? The batch file seems quicker then the refresh or I may be mistaken. So with the above method I should have no activation issues due to the new hardware. I also neglected to say that when I first installed Win 8 I did a wipe and not an upgrade. So I used the Win 8 key.
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    I personally like the refresh method. It's takes a few minutes longer, but has never failed.

    The new hardware shouldn't be an issue since you are allowed by the EULA to transfer Windows 8 to another computer.
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    Ok thats great. I will not have to buy anything other then my hardware.
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    Maybe a cup of coffee or a beer to enjoy while installing.
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Windows 8 upgrade version install on new hardware.
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