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Will I be able to Clean Install with a Windows 8 Pro Upgrade?


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I'm interested in eventually trying Windows 8, I'm currently using Windows 7 on all my PC's. With 7 I was able to clean install with the upgrade disc I bought when I was in school for $40. Looks like Microsoft is offering upgrades to 8 for the same deal through Jan 31 2013. I was reading some comments on another forum where I found out about this deal that to my understanding using the upgrade will invalid the upgrade key I have on 7, so I can't go back. Is this true? If I buy the upgrade will it come with a product key? So I can clean install?
 

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From what I have read you need to have a previous version of Win 7, Vista or XP installed on the PC, but it will give you a choice during update to do a clean install. And yes you get a new key for Win 8. It says it invalidates the old key which means you can't use it on another PC but if the key actually gets blocked by MS is unknown.

Jim :cool:
 

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If it comes with its own key, maybe I can clean install it without using my Win 7 key.

That's what I did before. With Win 7 I used the key that came with Win 7, not XP, and clean installed it.
 

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Hello Arashikage, welcome to Eight Forums!


It's not looking good for that to be possible, the main work-around of the double install trick is moot now as the very first thing that must be done when the install starts is having to add an activation key for the install to continue.
 

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I'm interested in eventually trying Windows 8, I'm currently using Windows 7 on all my PC's. With 7 I was able to clean install with the upgrade disc I bought when I was in school for $40. Looks like Microsoft is offering upgrades to 8 for the same deal through Jan 31 2013. I was reading some comments on another forum where I found out about this deal that to my understanding using the upgrade will invalid the upgrade key I have on 7, so I can't go back. Is this true? If I buy the upgrade will it come with a product key? So I can clean install?
There may be some useful info for you in this link:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13375-clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.html
 
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Hello Arashikage, welcome to Eight Forums!


It's not looking good for that to be possible, the main work-around of the double install trick is moot now as the very first thing that must be done when the install starts is having to add an activation key for the install to continue.

By adding a ei.cfg file with this content in the source folder
you do not need to enter some key during the installation,
and gives you permission to choose which
version you want to install - Core or Pro.

Note that this only allows you to install these versions without the key.
You will still need a key to activate Windows.

Type the following in the notes o save as ei.cfg

[EditionID]

[Channel]
Retail

[VL]
0
 

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