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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #180


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by LG FaMz View Post
    Hey Shawn,

    I read through your guide and it looks fantastic. I just had a quick question for ya. I read through the first few pages of this thread and the answer I was looking for wasn't clear, so I just wanted to ask you.

    I installed Windows 8 64-bit on my home built box using the upgrade assistant and I upgraded from Win7 64-bit. I'm looking into getting an SSD here shortly, and your guide looks like it made it possible to do the install without installing Windows 7 first, which I am elated to see. I made a DVD copy of the Windows 8 installation when I downloaded it, and when I did the upgrade I actually just did it from my desktop and saved the DVD.

    Now, if I were to follow your installation instructions, using my DVD, will the 64-bit version of the OS be installed? Does it know to install the 64-bit version based off of the specs from my old OS?

    I appreciate your time you've taken in this.

    Thanks!

    -LG
    Hello LG, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    What determines if the ISO is 32-bit or 64-bit is the Windows that you downloaded it in.

    Since you downloaded the ISO in a 64-bit Windows 7, then the ISO will be 64-bit, and the DVD you created from the ISO will be 64-bit.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn

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  2. #181


    Posts : 2
    Windows 8 Professional w/ Media Center


    Thanks for your quick reply Shawn and your helpfulness. I'll be buying that SSD tonight!! Seriously, you're awesome. Thanks again!

    -LG
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  3. #182


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome LG. I hope it goes smoothly for you.
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  4. #183


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    - command from file Activate_Windows_Upgrade_after_Clean_Install.bat

    REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE /V MediaBootInstall /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F

    - correct command

    REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE /V MediaBootInstall /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F
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  5. #184


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Thank you Genet, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    It has been corrected. I really must need to get more sleep to have missed that.
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  6. #185


    Posts : 879
    Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    - command from file Activate_Windows_Upgrade_after_Clean_Install.bat

    REG ADD HKLM\SOFTWARE\Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE /V MediaBootInstall /T REG_DWORD /D 0 /F
    Same problem also here: Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version - Windows 7 Support Forums
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  7. #186


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Oh my. Thank you again Genet.
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  8. #187


    Posts : 5
    Windows Vista 32 bit


    Just to touch again on the thorny subject of a clean install of an upgrade copy.

    I am preparing to upgrade from Vista 32 bit to Win 8 64 bit.

    The way I would like to do it is with a clean install - well I can't upgrade the 32 bit Vista to 64 bit Win 8 in situ

    The issue is really the '..and never use the old system again'.

    I understand that this is an honour system, and I'm fine with that but this is how I would like to do it.

    (1) Export stuff from Vista that I think I can import to Win 8 - emails and email accounts, browser bookmarks etc.

    (2) Clean install Win 8 64 bit on a brand new drive.

    (3) Use the old drive as a data disc to pick up files etc.

    (4) Clone the Vista partition to the new drive then reuse the old drive.

    However if I have problems with (1) and (2) I may want to go back to my Vista system to repeat some of the exports, or to check that stuff that isn't working in Win 8 really did work as I remembered in Vista.

    My biggest area of uncertainty is in email - I currently use Windows Mail (which I find much, much nicer than Windows Live Mail) but it isn't supported in Win 7 or Win 8.

    So in theory if I booted again from the old Vista disc I would be at least bending the licencing agreement, however it would make life a lot easier.

    How does everyone else do this?

    I must say that if I was doing an in situ upgrade from Vista to Win 8 I would keep a backup image of Vista so I could start again if it all went horribly wrong.

    Anyway, great guide.

    Oh, and do you have any guidance on dual booting with Linux?

    I Googled it but the hits all seem to be for Linux sites, not Win 8 sites.

    Cheers

    LGC
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  9. #188


    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello LGC,

    There's nothing wrong with keeping a backup copy, clone, image, etc... of your Vista if you like for a just in case situation. It's only not OK to keep Vista running when you still have the upgrade Windows 8 installed. In fact, I would recommend keeping a backup of Vista at least until everything you wanted is safely copied over to Windows 8.

    For your messages and contact in "Windows Mail", you could use the tutorial below to export them and import them into "Windows Live Mail".

    For dual booting Linux and Windows, you might see if the tutorials below may help.


    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  10. #189


    Posts : 3
    windows 7


    Hi there Brink.
    I'm a bit confused.
    Can I use your method with a brand new system (I own a xp license) and a empty ssd with the use of a windows 8 pro upgrade dvd?
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