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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #250


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Personally, I would see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO to download the ISO directly on your existing computer to then be able to create a USB with.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    No luck on option two it says it must be run from a windows 7 computer. I also can't run the assistant file, however I do have a windows 8 laptop so I could try using that.

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  2. #251


    When I run the setupbox on my windows 8 laptop it asks me for a product key, should I enter it?
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  3. #252


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Personally, I would see if you may be able to use OPTION TWO to download the ISO directly on your existing computer to then be able to create a USB with.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    Also how do I tell if my key is an OEM key.

    Thanks Brink.
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  4. #253


    WOW IT WORKED! Thank you so very much Brink for all your help.
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  5. #254


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    You're most welcome.

    You don't have an OEM product key. From what you posted that you purchased, it's a student copy, which is the same as "retail".
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  6. #255


    Can I use this method to do a clean install with whatever Key I get from either of these purchases
    Win8.1Pro
    Win8 Pro


    I want to do a clean install on a totally blank fresh-out-the-box SSD. I'd be using DVD with the ISO in the DVDrom.
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  7. #256


    All I have is Windows 8.0 Pro ISO. Can it be used to install and active a Laptop that came with Windows 8.0 Core? If so, is there a tutorial for it?
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  8. #257


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    Hey Rich,

    If it's a "retail" Windows 8 Pro ISO file, then yes it can be used to install core or Pro. The product key you enter during the installation is what determines if core or Pro gets installed.

    Windows 8 installs like an upgrade copy, and Windows 8.1 installs like a full copy.

    You can use this tutorial to do so though.
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  9. #258


    The laptop came with 8.0 Core X64. I used a TechSoup (Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center) 8.0 Pro X64 to clean install with. It picked up the key from BIOS (embedded) but won't activate. I don't remember the exact failure message though. I'll ask the owner to try again and write it down then send it to me.
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  10. #259


    This is the error he is getting:

    Error code: 0x8007007B
    Error Description: The filename, directory name, or volume label syntax is incorrect


    Could this be caused by the install being done from a TechSoup (Microsoft Volume Licensing Service Center) 8.0 Pro X64 downloaded ISO?

    The only key he has is the one embedded in BIOS.
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