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Need to upgrade with key only.

  1. #1


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1

    Need to upgrade with key only.


    Alright, so to start off, I have a custom built PC running windows 7 SP1:
    AMD Phenom II X4 965 3.4ghz processor
    AMD HD 7770 ghz edition graphics card
    8gb ddr5 high speed gaming ram
    500gb internal HDD
    ASUS M5A97 Motherboard
    500W power supply

    My problem is, I want to do a clean install from windows 7 to windows 8. My school gives free copies of windows 8 upgrade, so I have a verified serial key, I just had to check out with a special code. It gives me a link to download the Windows 8 Setup exe that is supposed to let me input my serial key and then guide me through upgrading. Problem is when I launch it and enter my serial key, it recognizes it fine, but when I click next I get this:


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    after maybe 20 seconds of loading, it gives me this:

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    and thats the only option I get.

    I tried running the upgrade assistant, and it won't let me just download an ISO of windows 8 without purchasing it through the upgrade assistant.

    Any help? I think I need to either somehow get my hands on a windows 8 ISO, or figure out whats wrong with the upgrade exe.
    Last edited by Brink; 29 Jun 2013 at 18:20. Reason: embedded images

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  2. #2


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Dijas,

    Does this PC have an internet connection?

    If not, then you will not be able to download an ISO from it.

    Option One in the tutorial below can help show you how to get an ISO file with only a product key number.
    Afterwards, you can use the DVD/USB created from the ISO to do a clean install with your upgrade Windows 8 copy.Hope this helps for now,
    Shawn
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  3. #3


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    It does have an internet connection.

    I have already tried this, and I get the same error with the upgrade assistant. I deleted the websetup folder and then opened the assistant, entered my serial key, and hit next, only to be hit with the same error message.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Perhaps talk to the school people in charge of computer stuff.?
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  5. #5


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You might try again later during off peak hours. Microsoft's servers are under a heavy load right now because of the Windows 8.1 Preview release.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    I've been trying daily for the past two weeks with no success. I've tried calling windows support but somehow they end up hanging up on me at one point or another. Their customer service is a joke.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    In that case, you might try on another computer to see if you may be able to do so on it.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Ok I'm running the upgrade assistant on my bootcamp macbook running XP. Will report back if it works
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  9. #9


    Posts : 25
    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    Problem, the only 64 bit PC I have access to is the one I'm trying to upgrade. If I download the ISO via that, I wont be able to get the 64 bit ISO, which is no go for me. I need 64 bit

    EDIT: Also I'm getting the same error on the XP machine

    EDIT: I'm currently downloading the 8.1 preview update. I will see if I can upgrade from 7 to 8.1, and if so I will just use that until I can get it resolved.
    Last edited by Dijas; 29 Jun 2013 at 19:25.
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  10. #10


    Try downloading the iso from here: Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files - Microsoft Windows

    Create a bootable DVD or flash drive to install with.

    See also: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...d-install.html
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