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Buying Win8

  1. #11


    Posts : 26
    windws7,32bit+ubuntu, 64bit. (Multi-boot)


    Thank you for the update!
    I dont understand it with the upgrade version, is there a case where it wont be possible to make a clean install with the Upgrade version? How is it bossible "to lose the benefit of a clean install"?

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  2. #12


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    For people who have Windows 8 already, Microsoft's standard upgrade route to Windows 8.1 will be a free upgrade using the Windows Store.

    If you use this then your system will end up as a mixture of Windows 8 (and whatever settings and software you installed there) and Windows 8.1.

    If you use the retail version of Windows 8.1, once it's available in October, you will most likely be able to do a clean install which means you will start from a "pure" Windows 8.1 install, with only the files which Microsoft put into that installation set.

    Clean Installs are less complicated and therefore have fewer problems. Even Microsoft have stopped offering upgrade installs from Windows Vista and XP to Windows 8.1, and people will be required to do a clean install from those operating systems, probably because it's more likely to work.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 26
    windws7,32bit+ubuntu, 64bit. (Multi-boot)


    I wonder if the Win8-upgrade-version would still be sold after 18 October...?
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  4. #14


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by sahara View Post
    I wonder if the Win8-upgrade-version would still be sold after 18 October...?
    It's a good question - maybe Microsoft will stop selling it and you may be able to get it for a little longer from stores and online. Not great if you want to upgrade from Vista/XP though and you can't get 8.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 14
    windows 8 pro mce


    If you cannot update from xp or vista to 8.1 then you could simply install w7 unactivated and install that 8.1 upgrade from there.
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