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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #200


    Posts : 4
    windows 8 pro


    Brink,

    Do you think this is worth giving a shot?

    In my friends computer.....(win 8 installed but upgraded from Win 7 Enterprise. few hours back, activation blocked by MS... keeps asking for activation). Do you think this is worth trying?

    Method I
    1) remove the current win 8 pro operating system (complete formatting of C drive)
    2) Use this tutorial and install Windows 8 pro upgrade as "clean install"
    3) Activate win 8 pro upgrade with her genuine serial number.


    Or

    Method II
    1) Remove the current operating system (complete formatting of C drive)
    2) Install Win 7 Home Premium
    3) Upgrade to Win 8 Pro using her genuine key

    Brink, you may answer here or PM me (if its allowed on this forum), which ever you feel is appropriate
    Last edited by prosenjeet; 12 Jun 2013 at 08:55.

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  2. #201


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by eyesonly View Post
    Little of topic:
    I read somewhere that when you have the win 8 pro upgrade key and download win 8 pro RTM, they key you received with the upgrade version seems to work as a normal retail.

    Do you know if this works Brink?
    Hello eyesonly,

    Yes, since they are the exact same edition.

    There's only three types of Windows available: the "upgrade" (retail), "system builder" (OEM - retail), or "pre installed OEM" (factory - store bought computers).

    Windows 8 EULA

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  3. #202


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by prosenjeet View Post
    Brink,

    Do you think this is worth giving a shot?

    In my friends computer.....(win 8 installed but upgraded from Win 7 Enterprise. few hours back, activation blocked by MS... keeps asking for activation). Do you think this is worth trying?

    Method I
    1) remove the current win 8 pro operating system (complete formatting of C drive)
    2) Use this tutorial and install Windows 8 pro upgrade as "clean install"
    3) Activate win 8 pro upgrade with her genuine serial number.


    Or

    Method II
    1) Remove the current operating system (complete formatting of C drive)
    2) Install Win 7 Home Premium
    3) Upgrade to Win 8 Pro using her genuine key

    Brink, you may answer here or PM me (if its allowed on this forum), which ever you feel is appropriate
    I'd say give method 1 a try first to hopefully avoid having to install her Windows 7 first.

    If it wont activate online or by phone, then use method 2.
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  4. #203


    Posts : 2
    Windows7


    Hello, I just built my first pc and I bought the upgrade version of Windows 8 by accident... I thought I had windows installed but then got the error messages when I tried to activate windows. I am not connected to the internet yet on my new gaming pc, so I tried to refresh windows to get it to activate. But when windows came back on it still wasn't activated are you able to help me?
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  5. #204


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Egore, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Since you are not connected to the internet, you could also activate by phone instead from within the installed Windows 8.

    Activate Windows 8 by Phone

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  6. #205


    Posts : 2
    Windows7


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

    Since you are not connected to the internet, you could also activate by phone instead from within the installed Windows 8.

    Activate Windows 8 by Phone

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thank you! I didn't realize that it would just activate so easily!
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  7. #206


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome.
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  8. #207


    Portland, Oregon, USA
    Posts : 182
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64, Windows Server 2012 R2 x64


    Hello, I just built my first pc and I bought the upgrade version of Windows 8 by accident... I thought I had windows installed but then got the error messages when I tried to activate windows. I am not connected to the internet yet on my new gaming pc, so I tried to refresh windows to get it to activate. But when windows came back on it still wasn't activated are you able to help me?
    First, do a clean install of Windows 8. Then do the following steps:

    1. Run the registry editor (regedit)
    2. Find the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE
    3. Change the value for 'MediaBootInstall' from 1 to 0
    4. Open an elevated command prompt (run as admin)
    5. Run the following command: slmgr -rearm
    6. Reboot

    Now you can activate.
    I posted that much earlier in this thread. It's what I did and it worked fine. Much easier than all the other methods I've found (like Refresh, etc.), and quicker.
    Last edited by Brink; 23 Jul 2013 at 01:11. Reason: removed unneeded comments that violate forum rules
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  9. #208


    Posts : 22,576
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Enigma View Post
    First, do a clean install of Windows 8. Then do the following steps:

    1. Run the registry editor (regedit)
    2. Find the following key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE
    3. Change the value for 'MediaBootInstall' from 1 to 0
    4. Open an elevated command prompt (run as admin)
    5. Run the following command: slmgr -rearm
    6. Reboot

    Now you can activate.
    I posted that much earlier in this thread. It's what I did and it worked fine. Much easier than all the other methods I've found (like Refresh, etc.), and quicker.
    Yep, that's the same as using the .bat file from step 6 in the tutorial on the first page.
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  10. #209


    Posts : 3
    Windows 7


    Hi Brink! Great site, just joined!

    My issue is that I have a decommissioned company computer with Windows 7 Enterprise on it. I want to do a full wipe of everything on it to remove all the company programs etc...and I purchased a Windows 8 Pro upgrade DVD.

    Can I use this same method after I wipe the hard drive? I wasn't sure if Windows 7 Enterprise would cause any problems, or if this method will still work perfectly for me.

    Thanks!
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