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Install win 8 Pro on win 7 Pro Desktop with EFI partition

  1. #1


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    Win Pro 8.1

    Install win 8 Pro on win 7 Pro Desktop with EFI partition


    I have a new HP envy t215 desktop with intel I7 Processor on a Megatrends MB with an EFI partition. The computer came with windows 7 pro but I want to temporally installWindows 8.

    I want to remove the hard drive with Windows 7 Pro and insert a new 1TB Sata drive for a fresh install of windows 8. I have an almost new 1TB Sata WD hard drive formatted GPT/NTFS.I have completely wiped the hard drive. I will have to have the EFI partition on the windows hard drive.

    The real question is will the windows 8 OEM software create the correct partitions when the system is installed.I know I need the EFI partition and the operating system partition at a minimum.

    Anyone have the answer

    Thanks

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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello rdesign, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since this is an OEM Windows 8, you will not be able to activate it on a computer other than the one that it was originally installed and activated on. Is this what you are trying to do?
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    Posts : 6
    Win Pro 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello rdesign, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since this is an OEM Windows 8, you will not be able to activate it on a computer other than the one that it was originally installed and activated on. Is this what you are trying to do?
    No, this is a fresh copy of windows 8 with a Microsoft key, and has never been installed. I already spoke with
    Microsoft and they say that it will be fine.

    Do you have an answer for my original post. I am just not sure about the EFI system partition. Will the new windows
    install disk create the partition

    Thanks
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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Try it and see. I will be surprised if it doesn't.
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Ok, good.

    It all depends on if your motherboard has a UEFI firmware chip or not.

    If not, then you will not be able to install Windows 8 with UEFI, but you can still install Windows 8 without UEFI like in the tutorial below.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    OR

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    If so, then you will be able to install Windows 8 with UEFI like in the tutorial below.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
      My System SpecsSystem Spec

  6. #6


    Posts : 6
    Win Pro 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Ok, good.

    It all depends on if your motherboard has a UEFI firmware chip or not.

    If not, then you will not be able to install Windows 8 with UEFI, but you can still install Windows 8 without UEFI like in the tutorial below.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    OR

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    If so, then you will be able to install Windows 8 with UEFI like in the tutorial below.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
    Yes the motherboard has the chip. The current win 7 Pro has the EFI Partition
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  7. #7


    Posts : 6
    Win Pro 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Ok, good.

    It all depends on if your motherboard has a UEFI firmware chip or not.

    If not, then you will not be able to install Windows 8 with UEFI, but you can still install Windows 8 without UEFI like in the tutorial below.

    Clean Install - Windows 8

    OR

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    If so, then you will be able to install Windows 8 with UEFI like in the tutorial below.

    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with

    Thanks for the links. I am not installing an upgrade it is a full copy and will be on a new 2 TB HD. The original HD will be taken out of the Desktop
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    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome. The last link will be good for what you want.
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