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How to update a non-genuine W7 with a legit W8

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    Win 7

    How to update a non-genuine W7 with a legit W8


    I was the victim of a Windows 7 Ultimate forgery scam. I have a legitimate copy of Windows 8 Professional (upgrade pack) which I intend to install however, my question is, if the Win 7 installation is not legitimate, can I upgrade to Win 8 and retain my settings or do I need to reinstall Win XP (legit) and upgrade from that. Is it possible to upgrade W7 if I have a legit XP installed in the system on another HD?

    If this is not possible, please advise as to the procedure to convert my Win 7 to Win 8.

    Thanking you in advance,

    Royce

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  2. #2


    You could just try the update and see if it works, failing that you can do a clean install with your update version - Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade
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  3. #3


    Posts : 2
    Win 7

    It seems to update okay but with problems.


    G'day,
    Thanks for the prompt reply. It is appreciated.

    Win 8 appears to generally work okay but I often receive the error message "programme is not responding". The programme needs to be closed via the window or the Task Manager. At other times the thing seems to just hang at other times while it's doing something then continues as normal.

    Maybe I should see if I can buy a license for Win 7 although Microsoft do not seem interested. Maybe I should just either hack into Win 7 or investigate using Linux and W.I.N.E.

    Any suggestions?

    Regards,
    Royce
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  4. #4


    TBH I've never found upgrades to be that stable and would always go for the clean install.
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  5. #5


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by z3r010 View Post
    TBH I've never found upgrades to be that stable and would always go for the clean install.
    That's also been my experience.
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