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Clean install with an upgrade copy of Windows 8?


rct2guy

New Member
St. Louis, MO

Posts
10
#1
Hey all, I bought an upgrade copy of Windows 8 back when it released, and I've been using the same installation since 2012. Windows have been giving me a lot of issues, so I'm planning on re-installing in a week or two. I want to format my hard drive and then install Windows, but I'm afraid if I do so, I won't be able to use the upgrade disc to install Windows (considering Windows won't be installed). Is this still possible? If so, is there a special way to do it?

Thanks much for your help!
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Pro (64-bit)
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-2500k (LGA 1155)
    Motherboard
    Gigabyte GA-Z68X-UD3H-B3
    Memory
    8GB (4GB x2) Corsair 1600MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    EVGA NVIDIA GTX 570
    Monitor(s) Displays
    ASUS VG248QE, Dell E173FP
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080, 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 1.3TB, 5200 RPM
    PSU
    Antec 620w
    Case
    Bit Fēnix Survivor
    Cooling
    Bit Fēnix Specter (x2)
    Keyboard
    Logitech MX 5500
    Mouse
    Razer DeathAdder Chroma
    Internet Speed
    95 MB/s
    Browser
    Google Chrome
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, Malwarebytes

genet

New Member
Guru
Posts
879
#2
How to download and clean install Windows 8.1 -> link

Note: This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys, both OEM and retail (for example, "Windows 8 Pro $15/$40 Upgrade Offer" product key).
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10
    Computer type
    Laptop
    System Manufacturer/Model Number
    Lenovo G580
    CPU
    Intel Core i5-3230M
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Intel HD Graphics 4000
    Browser
    Microsoft Edge
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender, standard user account
    Other Info
    UEFI firmware (BIOS) embedded Windows 8 product key.