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  1. #51


    Portsmouth Hants
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    If the upgrade is effected by the "Add Features to Windows 8" control, it may give a proper upgrade.

    It works that way if you first install the core version of Windows 8RP, then add features to upgrade to Pro, and then add features again to upgrade to MCE - the programs, users and your layouts are preserved intact.

    All you need to do is enter the product key in the add features control and the installation should start download and complete - it is the way Microsoft intends that Windows upgrades will be handled in future, whether Microsoft products or third party apps.

    Of course it will also become more difficult to install a third party utility from a non-Microsoft-approved source, especially if that app has some functions which are deemed malware.

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  2. #52


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I am dual booting with Windows 7 HP and Windows 8 RP on the same disk. Since MS has said you can use the Upgrade version on Windows 8 RP this is what I will try. I will boot into Windows 8 RP and then run the upgrade from within Windows 8 RP and see if it will activate without messing with my Windows 7 there by maintaining my dual boot. After more testing, I can just remove Windows 8 and run the upgrade within Windows 7 for my permanent install. For $40 it is worth messing with.

    Jim
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  3. #53


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT

    Clean Install with W8 Upgrade


    Interesting post over at TechNet.

    Can I do a clean install to a blank drive w/ a Win8 Upgrade?

    Ok, here's the answer... after a couple of E-mails & a long phone conversation w/ my cousin who works in Redmond, for MS, who was, actually on the Windows7 Build Team & is, obviously close, in his position, to what's what w/ Windows8. Furthermore, before we talked, on my behalf, he took the query to his colleagues responsible for Win8 Deployment & Start-up. That said, NO, cannot use Upgrade to do a clean install on a blank HDD or SSD, for that matter.

    However, you can take a blank drive, throw say, XP, Vista, Win7 or even Win8 RP on it and then install the Upgrade telling it to keep nothing which, will format the drive as part of the install process... this would be the recommended approach as it, in effect, amounts to a clean install. Keep in mind, if using the RP, you better already have the RP because once Win8 goes RTM the RP will no longer be available for DL.

    The (old) "double pass trick" used w/ Win7 Upgrade discs will not be doable w/ Win8 Upgrade discs or .ISOs. W/ 8 a Key must be entered for the install to proceed & the delayed Activation question/option does not exist @ the beginning of the Win8 install, either. As well, remember you don't buy the software, you buy a license. All the SKUs are on an install disc (or ISO) but, it's the Key, the License that determines what you get. Ergo, if, you tell, assuming there the choice/option, it to do a "custom" install but, have bought an Upgrade License (Key), you will get told the Key does not match what you are trying to do. Plus, if, it doesn't 'see' anything, an OS, already on the drive, the Upgrade (install) will not proceed.
    Its going to be interesting. Thank goodness for the Macrium Free and other image programs. Restore an old image of your previous OS on a clean drive and then Upgrade..

    Jim
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  4. #54


    Posts : 116
    xp , 7Pro, 8RP, Android phone, Tablet


    Thanks for that Phone Man.
    I have been carefully preserving a copy of my main W7 system throughout my experimentation to meet such an eventuality.
    The problem though will be all those who upgraded to the rp in situ as per the recommended choice and wiped their W7.
    I am not talking about the actual licence but the need to reinstall all their programs.
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  5. #55


    yeesh, what a freaking hassle. I can't tell you how many times I clean installed the various versions of CP and RP trying to fix various little issues.

    So now, if I understood correctly, I'm going to have to reinstall Win 7, using the license key under my battery to get the Win 8 pro deal? Saving the hassle *might* just be worth the $69 price tag for the in-store version. Oh wait, a DVD won't help me since I'm on a netbook. Sigh.

    Does anyone have experience with previous win OS betas on how long your install of RP will run after they release the final version?
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  6. #56


    Covington, La
    Posts : 1,184
    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    If you have W8 RP installed you should not need to re-install W7 in order to use the W8 Upgrade. I think W8 RP expires in January 2013 but not 100% sure. Also the $69 in-store version is also the Upgrade version. The full version is called "System Builder" and no information on pricing or limitations.

    Jim
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  7. #57


    Posts : 116
    xp , 7Pro, 8RP, Android phone, Tablet


    Pricing Update
    Apple has released Mountain Lion today at
    $20 US and surprise surprise £13.99 GBP only a few pence above tourist exchange rate.
    wonder if M$ UK will take the hint and offer W8 at £25.99.
    Odds anyone
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  8. #58


    I'd like to know the Euro rate too.....
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  9. #59



    I am Woman! Hear Me Roar!
    NJ
    Posts : 1,116
    4 Windows 7 Pro Sp1- 4 Win 8 Pro, 1- xp pro sp3


    if you purchase a new machine you can get the upgrade for $14.99 to Windows 8 Pro, you need to purchase it between june 12 2012 and January 31, 2013.
    • For a system to be considered qualified, it must have one of the following four operating systems installed: Windows® 7 Home Basic, Windows® 7 Home Premium, Windows® 7 Professional, or Windows® 7 Ultimate.

    NOTE: Offer must be redeemed prior to February 28, 2013. Certain features of Windows 8 may not be available when an existing Windows® 7 system is upgraded. Driver updates may also be required.
    You can register here but it doesn't open till August 1, 2012 Also you do not have to put it on the purchased machine, you can put it on any machine running a legal copy of Windows 7

    https://windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US/

    robin
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  10. #60


    Quote Originally Posted by besb View Post
    Pricing Update
    Apple has released Mountain Lion today at
    $20 US and surprise surprise £13.99 GBP only a few pence above tourist exchange rate.
    wonder if M$ UK will take the hint and offer W8 at £25.99.
    Odds anyone
    Odds are slim to nill. The Apple upgrade is very, very small. It's like a $20 service pack. the change from Windows 7 to Windows 8 is much more substantial and warrants a higher price.
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