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Cannot upgrade to Win8 Pro Retail from Win8 RP.

  1. #1


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA

    Cannot upgrade to Win8 Pro Retail from Win8 RP.


    I just downloaded the Technet version of Win8 Pro. When trying to UPGRADE the RP version, I keep getting a message to "remove install media, boot windows normally, and then add the install media afterwards". Of course, nothing happens when I reboot, heh. It LOOKS like I will have to do a clean install on my SSD which I just cloned so no big deal. BUT, if someone manages to upgrade, please post the procedure!

    EDIT
    Will I be able to upgrade WIndows 8 Release Preview to RTM without - Microsoft Answers

    Nope, looks like a clean install is needed but the personal files can be kept... I will let you know.

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  2. #2


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    The way I had heard was you would be able to use an Upgrade Version of RTM if you had RP installed. It would still do a clean install but save your personal files. It was to satisfy the requirement to have a previous version installed for the Upgrade key to work.

    Jim
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  3. #3


    Manchester CT
    Posts : 693
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit GA


    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    It would still do a clean install but save your personal files. It was to satisfy the requirement to have a previous version installed for the Upgrade key to work.

    Jim
    Yep, too right. The UPGRADE key does NOT work. However, when you install over a previous version, your old files will be stuffed into a windows.old folder. Unfortunately, I did not have enough room left on my SSD drive so did a clean install.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1
    Windows 8 RP


    Can't clean install Windows 8 Pro from Windows 8 RP? Installation failed after 2%. Did it two times and still the same. What seems to be the problem?
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Cannot upgrade to Win8 Pro Retail from Win8 RP.
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