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Upgrading computer...can I use W8?

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    Upgrading computer...can I use W8?


    I'm soon to be rebuilding my computer: New graphics card, mother board, case, PSU, RAM, almost everything. I've been worried that I may need to do a fresh install of windows 7 (worried since my copy was OEM and I don't even have a disc for it). I've been using Windows 8 CP for the last few weeks, and I was wondering if there was a way to install that on my new machine instead of having to track down another copy of Windows 7? Or will just hooking my current harddrives into my new motherboard result in a painless start-up? (I've replaced computers before but never gone through a mass component-upgrade, so I'm a bit unsure how this works with a new motherboard being installed and everything).

    Thanks for any help or advice you can give!

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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    You have to do a clean install of Windows for new motherboard.
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    Windows 8 RC


    Is there a way I can make a boot drive with Windows 8 CP and install that fresh from the get-go?

    I've found this article: How to create a bootable USB flash drive containing the Windows 8 Consumer Preview | ZDNet

    Should that be able to do what I need it to do?
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    8250 x86 + 7 SP1 x86 + Ubuntu 12.04 LTS x86


    Yes, that would be fine. Brink has an excellent guide: https://www.eightforums.com/tutorials...eview-iso.html
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    Fantastic, thank you!
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