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Upgrade/Clean install Windows 8 RTM/GA in the future


davidvoyage

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Hi,

For your information, I bought my Asus laptop last year that came with Windows 7 Pro.

I'm planning to upgrade to Windows 8 this coming October, however, it seems they require me to provide the windows product key.

I download a software called: "Key Finder" to find my windows key, and to my surprise, it's different from the one (the sticker) at the bottom of my laptop. Later, I found out that the key(from the Key FInder) was actually an OEM key for all Asus laptops.

Now, if I want to upgrade to Windows 8 later, should I provide the OEM product key or the product key from the bottom of my laptop?


One more question, do I have a choice to format my hard disk before installation if I purchase the upgrade version?

Thanks
 

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bobkn

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I'm not sure that the answers to your questions are yet available.

However, if Win8 is like 7, an upgrade copy would normally be launched from an installed OS. (Exception: when you're changing from 32 bit to 64 bit, or 64 to 32.) You need a product key only to the extent that you need a previous OS installed to run the upgrade.

A Win7 upgrade license permits you to format the disk during installation. However, an upgrade license won't (officially) install on a blank disk, so you might be in trouble of you formatted the disk, and then interrupted the install process. (You'd definitely have trouble if you formatted the disk with a third-party utility, and tried to install Win8 on it with an upgrade copy.)

Again, this is how it worked with Windows 7. 8 may be different. (One change: Microsoft has stated that it'll be OK to install the release version of 8 over the RP. They didn't officially permit that with the Windows 7 RC and release versions, although it worked just fine.)
 

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Phone Man

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From what I have read, to use the Windows 8 Upgrade disk, you must have a qualifying windows version (XP, Vista, W7 or W8 RP) installed on your system. Once it sees the old OS it will let you format and do a clean install during the upgrade process. You do not need the old OS product key during this process.

Jim :cool:
 

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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT
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    ASUS - Home Built
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    AMD Phenom II X6 1100T
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    ASUS M5A99X EVO
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    Crucial Balistic DDR-3 1866 CL 9 (8 GB)
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