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Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

  1. #70


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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    Thanks. As mentioned, I'm trying to take advantage of the $39.99 promotion.
    Pete
    As mentioned

    You can upgrade a Dell PC with Windows 7, with the Windows 8 Pro upgrade.

    You CAN NOT upgrade a Dell PC with Windows 8 HP, with the Windows 8 Pro upgrade.
    You need to use the Upgrade Product Key in ADD Features to upgrade.
    Add Features to Windows 8
    Thanks. We're obviously not communicating. I've read countless threads that explain how to use the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro promotion to do a clean install to a blank drive. My only question relates to whether the ISO file created by the Upgrade Assistant is bit-wise meaning that the DVD created can only be used on the bit type of the computer that the ISO file was downloaded to. I have read that it is bit-wise, but I would like to confirm that (preferably from MS).
    Pete
    As mentioned
    You only need the Upgrade Product Key to upgrade your Dell Pc with Windows 8 HP to Windows 8 Pro.

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  2. #71


    For those interested here is one of many threads showing how to do a clean install using the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade promotion:
    A clean install, as discussed in the above thread, is an install to a blank disk. There are other threads as well using somewhat different methods. Basically, the methods are very similar to what was done for Windows 7.

    With respect to my question above concerning the bit-wise nature of the ISO file, this link: contains this quote:
    Warning
    The Windows 8 download from Microsoft matches the 32-bit or 64-bit system from which you initiate the download (step 15) with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 32-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 32-bit. This will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 64-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 64-bit. This will only install 64-bit Windows 8 Pro.
    I'm inclined to agree that the downloaded ISO file is specific to either 32 or 64 bit, but not both. I hope this helps those that wish to upgrade a Windows 8 PC to the Pro version.
    Pete
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  3. #72


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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots
    For those interested here is one of many threads showing how to do a clean install using the $39.99 Windows 8 Pro upgrade promotion:

    Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade

    A clean install as discussed in the thread is an install to a blank disk. There are other threads as well using somewhat different methods. Basically, the methods are very similar to what was done for Windows 7.

    When upgrading from Windows 7 HP to Windows 7 Pro Anytime upgrade was used.
    Windows Anytime Upgrade - How to - Windows 7 Forums
    Which is the same as upgrading from Windows 8 Hp to Windows 8 Pro using Add features.
    Add Features to Windows 8
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  4. #73


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    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    With respect to my question above concerning the bit-wise nature of the ISO file, this link:
    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run

    contains this quote:

    Warning
    The Windows 8 download from Microsoft matches the 32-bit or 64-bit system from which you initiate the download (step 15) with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 32-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 32-bit. This will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 64-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 64-bit. This will only install 64-bit Windows 8 Pro.
    I'm inclined to agree that the downloaded ISO file is specific to either 32 or 64 bit, but not both. I hope this helps those that wish to upgrade a Windows 8 PC to the Pro version.
    Pete
    Hello Pete, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That would be correct. If you want a 64-bit Windows 8 Pro ISO, it will have to be downloaded from within a 64-bit Windows.

    The 32-bit ISO will install on a 64-bit computer, but it will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    The 64-bit ISO will not install on a 32-bit computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  5. #74


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    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    With respect to my question above concerning the bit-wise nature of the ISO file, this link:
    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run

    contains this quote:

    Warning
    The Windows 8 download from Microsoft matches the 32-bit or 64-bit system from which you initiate the download (step 15) with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 32-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 32-bit. This will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 64-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 64-bit. This will only install 64-bit Windows 8 Pro.
    I'm inclined to agree that the downloaded ISO file is specific to either 32 or 64 bit, but not both. I hope this helps those that wish to upgrade a Windows 8 PC to the Pro version.
    Pete
    Hello Pete, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That would be correct. If you want a 64-bit Windows 8 Pro ISO, it will have to be downloaded from within a 64-bit Windows.

    The 32-bit ISO will install on a 64-bit computer, but it will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    The 64-bit ISO will not install on a 32-bit computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Hi Shawn

    OP has a New Dell with Windows 8 HP, uEFI BIOS, Secure Boot, & a BIOS Product Key.

    The download ISO has no support for uEFI.

    OP Needs to order the Dell DVD which has uEFI support.

    than use Add Feature to upgrade to Pro.

    Ray.
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  6. #75


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by flroots View Post
    With respect to my question above concerning the bit-wise nature of the ISO file, this link:
    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run

    contains this quote:

    Warning
    The Windows 8 download from Microsoft matches the 32-bit or 64-bit system from which you initiate the download (step 15) with the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 32-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 32-bit. This will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    If you purchase the DVD or download the ISO on a system running 64-bit Windows, then your DVD or ISO will also be 64-bit. This will only install 64-bit Windows 8 Pro.
    I'm inclined to agree that the downloaded ISO file is specific to either 32 or 64 bit, but not both. I hope this helps those that wish to upgrade a Windows 8 PC to the Pro version.
    Pete
    Hello Pete, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    That would be correct. If you want a 64-bit Windows 8 Pro ISO, it will have to be downloaded from within a 64-bit Windows.

    The 32-bit ISO will install on a 64-bit computer, but it will only install 32-bit Windows 8 Pro.

    The 64-bit ISO will not install on a 32-bit computer.

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Thanks for the confirmation; very helpful
    Pete
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  7. #76


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    You're welcome Pete.
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  8. #77


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    I was a little bit worried when it said that my product ID was not available when I upgraded but when I followed this it are up as windows activated. Thank you Brink!
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  9. #78


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    You're most welcome MadMonk.
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  10. #79


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    Windows 8 Pro


    I have another question about this, I got my backup discs in the mail and it included a 32 and 64 version, so I would like to install the 64 version, seeing as I have 4GB of memory.

    However I naturally can't run the 64bit setup.exe file from the dvd.

    So how would I go about installing a clean 64 bit install starting from a 32 bit os.
    Do I just make a bootable usb with the 32 setup.exe and swap the dvd's or how ?
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