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Solved Question- upgrading win7HP/win8 preview dual boot to win7/win8 pro


corax

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I currently have Win7 & Win8 preview in separate partitions on the same machine. I am trying to figure out the best way to install win8 pro on my system and keep my current dual boot setup with Win 7 intact and stay legal.

So....I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1 licence. Is there some way I can use one of the remaining win7 licences to upgrade win8pro over top of the Win8 preview and keep my current dual boot win7/win8 setup(legally) and without messing up my current Win7 installation (or Win 8 preview installation for that matter)? Is there any advantage in getting the OEM version instead?
 

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If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.
 

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theog

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You could upgrade the Windows 8 RP install.
 

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corax

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Well OK then I guess I'll go ahead and take the plunge, there doesn't seem to be any reason to delay. Thanks for the reply
 

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If I understand it correctly; Anyone dual booting a legit version of Window Vista, XP or Win7 and Win8 RP can use the upgrade version of Win8 to do a clean install over the Win8 RP version.

Just to help clarify. :)


Yes, you could upgrade from the "Windows 8 Release Preview" with the upgrade copy of Windows 8 since you can do a clean or ugrade install with the upgrade copy of Windows 8. You might as well do a clean install though since nothing from the "Windows 8 Release Preview" will be kept other than in the Windows.old folder.

However, you can only run the "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" from within the XP SP3, Vista, or Windows 7 that you are upgrading from to be able to purchase and download the Windows 8 ISO first.

Plus, you need to follow the EULA and not have the qualifying OS (XP SP3, Vista, or Windows 7) installed while the upgrade Windows 8 is installed. "Windows 8 Release Preview" is not a qualifying OS for the upgrade.


To comply with the EULA and be legal:

No qualifying OS to upgrade from = need to buy retail "system builder" copy of Windows 8

Want to keep both qualifying OS and Windows 8 installed = need to buy retail "system builder" copy of Windows 8

Want to replace your qualifying OS with Windows 8 = you can use "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" to purchase a upgrade copy of Windows 8
 

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corax

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hmmm so if someone wants to keep win7 and win8 on same machine they "need" to buy retail system builder. How about if they have more than one Win 7 licence, can one be "used up" for the upgrade & the other one installed on the same machine?
 

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Brink

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Yes.

You can apply the upgrade to any XP SP3, Vista, or Windows 7 key you already own. :)
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
    Hard Drives
    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
    PSU
    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
    Keyboard
    Logitech wireless K800
    Mouse
    Logitech MX Master
    Internet Speed
    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone