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Win 8 Upgrade Install on Blank SSD

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    Windows 7

    Win 8 Upgrade Install on Blank SSD


    I currently have Windows 7 installed on my HDD and I have a Windows 8 Upgrade key. I bought a brand new SSD that I wish to install Windows 8. Am I correct in understanding that the SSD requires an existing OS on it before it can install the Win 8 Upgrade properly? I have tried installing the Upgrade on it alone but the installation hangs at 87% of "preparing files for installation".

    If I am required to install Windows 7 onto the SSD first, am I able to install it as a dummy so that I can go through with the Win 8 Upgrade without it affecting my Windows 7 activation on the HDD? I plan to format my HDD to use as a secondary drive at a later date but not right now.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    Yes, you can install your Windows 7 on SSD and then upgrade it to Windows 8 right away. You just can't have both OS installed at the same time per EULA. But if you're to format HDD, you should be fine.
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    Garland
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    Dual Boot - Win7/Win8.1 32bit


    Create a dual boot with Win7 & Win 8, my setup like this works great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by musashi123 View Post
    I currently have Windows 7 installed on my HDD and I have a Windows 8 Upgrade key. I bought a brand new SSD that I wish to install Windows 8. Am I correct in understanding that the SSD requires an existing OS on it before it can install the Win 8 Upgrade properly? I have tried installing the Upgrade on it alone but the installation hangs at 87% of "preparing files for installation".

    If I am required to install Windows 7 onto the SSD first, am I able to install it as a dummy so that I can go through with the Win 8 Upgrade without it affecting my Windows 7 activation on the HDD? I plan to format my HDD to use as a secondary drive at a later date but not right now.

    Any help is appreciated.
    You can also do a clean install in your SSD, you don't need to install windows 7 and do an upgrade, clean install is better.
    Clean Install - Windows 8
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    Windows 8 Pro x64


    brummyfan, the TS has an upgrade product key. IIRC from prior discussions I've seen on upgrade offer, in this case you must use upgrade at least the first time you install Windows 8; otherwise, you'll have troubles activating OS. Then you can do clean install all right.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    You can do a clean install, but you need to delete the Windows 7 install.

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    What about upgrading the software? The software covered by this agreement is an upgrade to your existing operating system software, so the upgrade replaces the original software that you are upgrading. You do not retain any rights to the original software after you have upgraded and you may not continue to use it or transfer it in any way. This agreement governs your rights to use the upgrade software and replaces the agreement for the software from which you upgraded. After you complete your upgrade, additional software will be required to playback or record certain types of media, including DVDs.
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    Once you have registered and activated W8, do a clean install or at least do not change anything on win 7, not even drivers and after upgrading to W8 you'll have just as clean system as if clean install of W8.
    "Cleanliness is next to Microsoftninence " I always say.
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