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Solved Basic activation question


bagavan

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#1
I am planning to upgrade to windows 8 pro..I might buy the retail upgrade for 1999Rs.

So my questions are;
1.can i perform a clean install(i.e boot from DVD)
2.Suppose my os gets damaged can I install windows 8 directly and activate using the same key on the same computer without installing windows 7 first?
 

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NoelDP

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1) Yes - but you must have an activated and validated qualifying OS installed on the HD first
2) No - Win8 *requires* that the qualifying OS is installed - but if you boot from the DVD it will offer to format the drive as part of teh upgrade process.

Win8 has some pretty hefty self-repair capability, so hopefully you won't need to reinstall.
 

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bagavan

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1) Yes - but you must have an activated and validated qualifying OS installed on the HD first
2) No - Win8 *requires* that the qualifying OS is installed - but if you boot from the DVD it will offer to format the drive as part of teh upgrade process.

Win8 has some pretty hefty self-repair capability, so hopefully you won't need to reinstall.
Yes,the copy is activated and also validated.

So it should work rite if I run the upgrade advisor,dload and write it to usb.
 

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NoelDP

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Make sure that you have the means to reinstall the original Operating System - just in case!
 

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So it should work rite if I run the upgrade advisor,dload and write it to usb.
Try redownloading from the email link.

If you need to download Windows, write down your new product key and enter it here.
 

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bagavan

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I have not purchased it yet..I will do it next week..If I boot from DVD how will it know I have a validated and activated copy of windows??
 

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NoelDP

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#7
It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
 

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bagavan

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It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)
 

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brummyfan

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It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)
You don't need to remove windows 7, you can choose to format the drive to do a clean install, if the download interrupted, it will resume when your connection is back.
 

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NoelDP

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So far as I know, you can download it whenever you need to - the downloader has management capabilities, and can resume the download from the point it broke off.
 

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bagavan

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After payment within how much time will I get the key and the downloader?
 

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Should be almost instantaneous
 

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bagavan

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Thanks everyone..

I will pose enquiries during the installation process during next week...
 

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bagavan

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Just an update,I changed my mind .I ordered it got my key and I am downloading it..

One more question I got that dload from here link in my inbox.

So will I be able to dload it say after three months?
 

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bagavan

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It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)
You don't need to remove windows 7, you can choose to format the drive to do a clean install, if the download interrupted, it will resume when your connection is back.
Formatting the windows 7 partition rite?
 

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Yes, it will format the Windows 7 partition.
 

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It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)

Do not remove Windows 7 before stating the upgrade or it will fail. It needs to see the previous OS on your system during the upgrade process but during the upgrade process it will let you wipe Windows 7 and do a clean install.

Jim :cool:
 

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bagavan

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It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)

Do not remove Windows 7 before stating the upgrade or it will fail. It needs to see the previous OS on your system during the upgrade process but during the upgrade process it will let you wipe Windows 7 and do a clean install.

Jim :cool:
Jim I was talking about formatting during the upgrade process..:)
 

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    Core 2 duo T5550
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bagavan

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Installation completed without a problem..Just activated and using it..Any post installation procedure to be followed??
 

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