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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #50


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by MrShowdown View Post
    Hmm, I don't think it asks for Activation if you migrate from x86 to x64...

    EDIT: And if it detects another OS is currently installed.
    Hello Adeel,

    You would need to do a clean install to go from x86 to x64.

    Windows 8 usually doesn't ask for a product key is if you are installing Windows 8 Enterprise that will have to be activated later, or if you have an OEM computer that came with Windows 8 preinstalled and it's product key hard coded in the BIOS/UEFI that activates it automatically.

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  2. #51


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    Windows 7


    This worked!

    Went pretty much flawlessly exactly as the guide described. The only hitch was my mistake, which was that on the refresh part I didn't have the DVD in the drive and because Windows never warned me it just appeared to run the refresh then just restarted saying "there was a problem no refresh occurred".

    Once I read the guide again and put the DVD in it went flawlessly.

    Thanks for putting this up. I was Googling for a while the other night before finding this. Couldn't find anything else on the web, just a load of fancy looking tech sites which kept reiterating MS's line about a version of Windows needing to already be on there. This has been a major help. I had to reinstall because my drive died and this cut the hassle of that process down no end.
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  3. #52


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    64-bit Windows 10


    You're most welcome Jim. I'm happy to hear it went pretty well.
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  4. #53


    Hi again, tried doing the clean install and after going round several times - seemed more like 20 actually - it eventually got stuck.
    at this stage of the 238.5 GB avaiable on my SSd there were 151.9 GB still avaiable i.e. it had written about 86.6 GB to the SSD.
    Then when it gets to screen 9 in your tutorial I get a message - Windows Setup - Windows setup could not re-initialise the deployment engine. To install Windows, restart the installation. So i did this and ended up at the same screen.

    Any ideas what to do now - apart from convert my SSD to a boat anchor?

    Appreciate your help

    Silverfox
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  5. #54


    Hi Again, Silverfox here - did as you suggested and the process went well after about 7 hours of restarts I ended up getting to a road block .

    At this stage my new SSD had 86.6 GB on it and still had more than 150 GB free and when i got to the screen in stage 9 of your clean install tute I got a message - Windows setup - Windows setup could not re-initialise the deployment engine. To install Windows,restart the installation.

    Done this several times now and keep getting back to the same place.

    Appreciate any ideas to help me get past the road block.


    Cheers

    Silverfox
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  6. #55


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Silverfox,

    Where did you get you copy of Windows 8 from? You may have a corrupted copy and need to download a new one, or create a new installation DVD/USB.
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  7. #56


    Thanks for your prompt and helpful reply.

    Its a Windows 8 pro upgrade DVD purchased from Officeworks - which is a large and very reputable office supply company here in OZ.

    Certainly worked fine for the upgrade I did on my original HDD, take it back? What's involved in the download?

    Cheers

    SF
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  8. #57


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    64-bit Windows 10


    I would suspect that the DVD is still good then since it's from a retail package.

    If you haven't already, create a set of Dell factory recovery discs to be able to reinstall your Windows 7 back to factory conditions if you ever wanted to in the future.

    Restoring Your Dell Computer to Original Factory Installation with Dell DataSafe Local Backup 2.0 | Dell


    Next, while booted from your Windows 8 DVD and in setup, open a command prompt (Shift+F10), and run a clean command to wipe your HDD out. Be sure you use this on the correct drive.

    Disk - Clean and Clean All with Diskpart Command - Windows 7 Forums

    Next, use OPTION TWO in the same command prompt to create a partition on the drive.

    Partition or Volume - Create New - Windows 7 Forums

    Now, try the tutorial again to do a clean install with an upgrade.
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  9. #58


    Thanks again,
    Little bit confused by your reply.
    I still have the original C Hard drive which is sitting safely in a protected place, this has Win 8 installed on it as an upgrade of the previous Win7, this was removed and replaced with my SSD which is where I'm trying to do ther clean install.

    Do you want me to wipe the SSD i.e continue from next above but on the SSD rather than the HDD as you've typed.

    Appreciate your clarification.

    Cheers

    SF
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  10. #59


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    64-bit Windows 10


    My apologies SF. I thought you were doing this on your original HDD that came with the OEM computer, and was just wanting to make sure that you had a set of factory recovery discs.

    No need to do the recovery disc part since you are using a new SSD, but do go ahead and do the second part for Clean and creating a new partition before starting over.
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