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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #210


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by KJTLS View Post
    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!
    Hello KJTLS, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Yes, you will be able to do a clean install using the same method in the tutorial with it.

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  2. #211


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    Windows 7


    I just read back a page or two, will I have the same issue that prosenjeet
    had? Or will it work just fine and activate?

    I guess I'm just a little confused on how you said the keys won't be blocked, but she may not be able to activate with her windows 8 product key.
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  3. #212


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    No worries. That was a different circumstance since Prosenjeet was also inquiring about upgrading from instead of just a straight clean install.
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  4. #213


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    Windows 7


    OK, I think I follow. So if I completely wipe the drive, then the "upgrade path" doesn't really matter. Upgrading implies keeping your old info, clean install gets rid of the past, regardless of what version was on it.
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  5. #214


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    Correct. Upgrade would be to upgrade from your current installation to Windows 8 in an attempt to keep your files, settings, and programs from the current installation to Windows 8.

    You wouldn't be able to upgrade since Enterprise is a volume license and Windows 8 Pro is a retail license. A clean install would be the only option.
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  6. #215


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    Shawn maybe I have asked already cos I cannot find where I did but I sort of read this two ways now a)I can install 8 just using the upgrade or b) I need to purchase the OS using the upgrade.

    Could you clarify please as I think b) is more likely the answer.
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  7. #216


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey John,

    Well, it's yes to both really.

    If you wanted to purchase a Windows 8 upgrade copy online for an ISO download and product key, then you would need to do so from within a qualifying OS. You could also upgrade your current Windows to Windows 8 using the Windows Upgrade Assistant as well.
    If you already have purchased Windows 8 and only have a product key, then you could download the ISO to create installation media with.

    If you already have a Windows 8 key and installation media, then yes you just do a clean install using the tutorial on the first page if you like.
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  8. #217


    Central West (near Orange) NSW
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    8 Pro desk 1 (SB) 7 Home desk 2 (IB) 8 Pro Lap 1


    No Shawn I just have the upgrades not the full version I have one on the laptop that had 7 on it anyhow and it flies I just want to try it on the Sandy bridge as it has much better hardware specs than the laptop.
    The upgrades were really quite cheap at $53 in the Office Works store for the first then the ratbags scorched it to $68 within ten days but still cheap I suppose.

    Plus now I have the Stardock8 running it is just like 7 only goes like a bullet
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  9. #218


    Posts : 1
    windows 8


    Thank you very much
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  10. #219


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Nahar, and welcome to Eight Forums.
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