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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #110


    Posts : 4
    windows7


    Hey brink
    I had windows7 ultimate installed on my wifes pc..then the harddrive fried itself ..she also lost the packaging an key in our earthquake
    so i purchased the windows 8 pro upgrade (the only version available in my city at the time) will i be able to buy a new had drive and install it ..and if that computer packs itself will i be able to use the same software again to install on another pc that replaces it?

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  2. #111


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello boomtheroom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, since the Windows 8 upgrade will be replacing a qualifying OS that was installed on your wife's PC.

    You will also be able to install it to another computer in the future since the Windows 8 upgrade has a retail product key. You would just have to have to uninstall it on any other computer first since it can only be activated on one computer at the same time.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #112


    Posts : 4
    windows7

    product key


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello boomtheroom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, since the Windows 8 upgrade will be replacing a qualifying OS that was installed on your wife's PC.

    You will also be able to install it to another computer in the future since the Windows 8 upgrade has a retail product key. You would just have to have to uninstall it on any other computer first since it can only be activated on one computer at the same time.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    wont i need to know the previous operating systems product key?
    if not..then what is the point of a system builders version if all i need is the upgrade?
    thanks in advance
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  4. #113


    Posts : 4
    windows7


    Quote Originally Posted by boomtheroom View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello boomtheroom, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, since the Windows 8 upgrade will be replacing a qualifying OS that was installed on your wife's PC.

    You will also be able to install it to another computer in the future since the Windows 8 upgrade has a retail product key. You would just have to have to uninstall it on any other computer first since it can only be activated on one computer at the same time.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    wont i need to know the previous operating systems product key?
    if not..then what is the point of a system builders version if all i need is the upgrade?
    thanks in advance
    Sorry i dont think u answered my second question above..or did u..reply the same twice?
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  5. #114


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    boomtheroom.

    It all comes down to the EULA.

    Windows 8 Upgrade = Reduced price in exchange to replace a qualifying Windows (XP sp3, Vista, or Windows 7) with the upgrade.

    Windows 8 System Builder = This version is for when you do not have a qualifying OS to upgrade from. If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). This version does not include customer support.
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  6. #115


    Posts : 4
    windows7


    ok but i dont have the previous operating system anymore ..i have the retail upgrade of windows 8 pro
    i no longer have the key for the old operating system or the hard drive..
    so i would be installing the pro upgrade onto a new hard drive..
    sorry if im confusing u..as im confusing myself :->
    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    boomtheroom.

    It all comes down to the EULA.

    Windows 8 Upgrade = Reduced price in exchange to replace a qualifying Windows (XP sp3, Vista, or Windows 7) with the upgrade.

    Windows 8 System Builder = This version is for when you do not have a qualifying OS to upgrade from. If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). This version does not include customer support.
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  7. #116


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    That's fine to do a clean install with the Windows 8 upgrade as long as you are replacing a qualifying OS with it.
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  8. #117


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit


    I have bought a computer with no OS on it and a windows 8 pro upgrade edition, just to make sure will doing this work?
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  9. #118


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Adam, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Sorry, but you do not have a previous version of Windows to qualify to use the upgrade as per the EULA.

    The upgrade is to replace a qualifying OS via an upgrade install or clean install. For your situation without one, you need to purchase a "system builders" copy of Windows 8 instead of an "upgrade" copy.
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  10. #119


    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit


    Will this work if I install my spare copy of windows 7 ultimate 32 bit and then install my windows 8 pro 64 bit using this method?
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