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Basic activation question

  1. #1


    bangalore
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    Basic activation question


    I am planning to upgrade to windows 8 pro..I might buy the retail upgrade for 1999Rs.

    So my questions are;
    1.can i perform a clean install(i.e boot from DVD)
    2.Suppose my os gets damaged can I install windows 8 directly and activate using the same key on the same computer without installing windows 7 first?

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  2. #2


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


    1) Yes - but you must have an activated and validated qualifying OS installed on the HD first
    2) No - Win8 *requires* that the qualifying OS is installed - but if you boot from the DVD it will offer to format the drive as part of teh upgrade process.

    Win8 has some pretty hefty self-repair capability, so hopefully you won't need to reinstall.
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  3. #3


    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    1) Yes - but you must have an activated and validated qualifying OS installed on the HD first
    2) No - Win8 *requires* that the qualifying OS is installed - but if you boot from the DVD it will offer to format the drive as part of teh upgrade process.

    Win8 has some pretty hefty self-repair capability, so hopefully you won't need to reinstall.
    Yes,the copy is activated and also validated.

    So it should work rite if I run the upgrade advisor,dload and write it to usb.
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  4. #4


    North Wales
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    Make sure that you have the means to reinstall the original Operating System - just in case!
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    So it should work rite if I run the upgrade advisor,dload and write it to usb.
    Try redownloading from the email link.

    If you need to download Windows, write down your new product key and enter it here.
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  6. #6


    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    I have not purchased it yet..I will do it next week..If I boot from DVD how will it know I have a validated and activated copy of windows??
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  7. #7


    North Wales
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    It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
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  8. #8


    bangalore
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    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
    So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

    After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)
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  9. #9


    Quote Originally Posted by bagavan View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by NoelDP View Post
    It does a check of the system even before offering the install.
    So I can remove windows 7 and install it....

    After I make payment, in how along with the key will MS provided me a downloader for the OS?(reason is my net fluctuates what should I do if it stops in the middle?)
    You don't need to remove windows 7, you can choose to format the drive to do a clean install, if the download interrupted, it will resume when your connection is back.
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  10. #10


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


    So far as I know, you can download it whenever you need to - the downloader has management capabilities, and can resume the download from the point it broke off.
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