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Windows 8 Retail upgrade over WGA Windows 7

  1. #11


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    windows 8 pro x64


    Thanks. As far as I understand, new license terms are like half way between oem and retail and we are allowed to transfer the software to another computer or to replace mainboard etc. Since I don't like upgrading , I am going to wait for full packs allowing clean install.

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  2. #12


    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    You can do a clean install with an upgrade - the only problem is that if you have to reformat subsequently you *have* to reinstall the original OS first.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64


    How can that be a clean install if I have to have a working windows 7? To my knowledge , a clean install is performed via booting with a dvd and formatting the partition first . It might be different for windows 8. Are you saying that windows 8 will perform a complete clean install after it recognizes windows 7 and will remove windows 7 files completely before copying windows 8 files?.
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  4. #14


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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    If you start the upgrade from the DVD you have the option to format the drive as part of the upgrade procedure.
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  5. #15


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    windows 8 pro x64


    Good. Thanks for the information. That's a lot like former clean install procedure.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64


    Another possible issue that occurred to me is that what would happen if hard drive fails and I need to reinstall from scratch ? Previous windows license is invalid due to license conditions. I would need to install windows 7 first but I wouldn't be able to do it since the windows 7 key is invalid ? what would I need to do ?
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  7. #17


    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    ALL WIndows Licenses continue to be valid even after a hard drive failure - it's only motherboard changes that affect the license in the case of XP/Vista/Win7 OEM installs.
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  8. #18


    Posts : 153
    windows 8 pro x64


    Thank you very much. You cleared it all up for me. You should go ask microsoft your payment for technical support. Even microsoft support in my country didn't give me that much information. Thanks again.
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  9. #19


    North Wales
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    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    It's all available in the FAQ's - the trick is finding them
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  10. #20


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    Windows 7


    I am still quite confused and if NoelDP can clear it up a bit I would really appreciate it since MS has been giving me conflicting information. When dealing with the Upgrade version: When you upgrade windows 8 consumes the previous operating system's license (e.g. full version of windows 7). If I want to then reinstall windows 8 on a new system (different motherboard) do I need a new windows 7 (or other older operating system license) in order to upgrade to windows 8 since the old win 7 license can no longer be used. (according to the license agreement it states that the consumer no longer retains the rights to the previous OS and that win 8 consumes that license) Also the license agreement states that "You may transfer Get Genuine Windows software, Pro Pack or Media Center Pack software only together with the licensed computer." So does this mean even if I am able to reinstall windows 8 that I would need to re-purchase the Media pack if I have reinstalled on a new motherboard (hence a new PC by Microsoft's terms). Thanks.
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