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Install windows 8 on new custom built computer.

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    Install windows 8 on new custom built computer.


    Okay, this is the problem im facing. Back in 2012 I bought windows 8 for 16 dollars from Microsoft online. I was using it on my laptop but it recently died. I talked to Microsoft to disable it on that pc and they did that. Now I have built a new computer. I am wondering on how to install it on there. When I downloaded the windows 8 installer and installed it on the usb it didn't properly install on the computer. It said drivers were not found and things like that. I then realized that it was just for updating from windows 7 and the others. After searching around on the web i found that i could use the windows 8.1 installer with a generic key but it doesn't seem to work anymore. It just says it cant connect to internet. I also dont have an optical drive on my pc so i cant use dvds. Now how can i install windows 8 on it. Anybody know?

    BTW: I have windows xp on my ancient computer. That means that if i will have to do things that require higher windows versions, I will have to do it at my friends house.

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    windows xp


    If this would not work i could get my brother (Student at UVIC) to get me windows 8.1 embedded industry from dreamspark. Would i be able to install that?
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    I'm thinking you would have to run the $16 version from scratch as an upgrade from an existing version of Windows.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    I'm thinking you would have to run the $16 version from scratch as an upgrade from an existing version of Windows.
    Does this mean that i cant install it onto my new pc that doesn't have an os? If so then would the 8.1 industry work?
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    Not sure how you would activate embedded.

    You got your copy from MS , so they should be able to provide install media, if you ask.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Not sure how you would activate embedded.

    You got your copy from MS , so they should be able to provide install media, if you ask.
    Ok ill try that and see what happens. So i guess this is solved for now
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    Quote Originally Posted by ehaque243 View Post
    Does this mean that i cant install it onto my new pc that doesn't have an os? If so then would the 8.1 industry work?
    Yeah, you'll need a valid OS to run the upgrade assistant, if you have one.
    It'll be a long road to get to Windows 8.1 Update 1, but, for 16 bucks you'd have a great OS!
    Can't enlighten you on the industry thing, sorry.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    One more thing:
    If you do go the upgrade route, whenever you're presented with the opportunity to save the iso, do it! It's pretty much your only ticket to a clean install method that you have control over.
    Good luck.
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Install windows 8 on new custom built computer.
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