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Windows 8 Pro upgrade on new machine.


Peter Lanky

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I will shortly be acquiring a new PC with no OS and a upgrade version of 'Windows 8 Pro' separately(on media as opposed to a download)

I also have a spare copy of Windows XP Home, which I will effectively be upgrading from.

Will I first have to install the XP on the new PC and then install the upgrade (using the clean install options I have read about elsewhere), or does the upgrade offer the opportunity for installation on a clean HDD and then give me an option to enter proof that I have an XP licence, either by inserting a disk or entering the product key?

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SillBill

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This is by no means a definitive answer, but what what I've experienced with upgrading a laptop from Vista to W7, the OLD OS has to be running to be able to either upgrade or clean install. May be the same for W8.

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rdave13

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This is a good guide for a clean install, click here but you'll need the XP installed first. If you get problems installing XP then find a windows 7 iso (same bit version as your Win 8, and install that as a trial (no key) version first. Then do a clean install of 8.

Create a dvd from the iso file.

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SillBill

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rdave13 Am I being naive in thinking that using a Windows ISO installation would circumvent MS's ban on using an upgrade version if you haven't BOUGHT a previous Windows OS?

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rdave13

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Well the OP has XP so that could be used. All I'm suggesting if XP won't install (sata drivers problems possibly) then there's an alternative.

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SillBill

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Was just curious!!

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aquatarkus

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Hi There You can do a clean install using your upgrade media following the guide linked below http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html

once you have done that you will find that you are not actually activated so to do that follow the steps below http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13375-clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.html

any other questions don't hesitate to ask

regards Aquatarkus

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aquatarkus

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Oh sorry forgot you won't have to have a previous operating system installed on hard drive to carry out the installation but you will have to follow the steps in the second link

Regards Aquatarkus

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Peter Lanky

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Aquatarkus. All that looks pretty convincing to be, so I'll try that approach.

PS. I love the big red warning sign informing us that having bought 2 products, you are only entitled to the rights of one of them! I've no intention of using more than one, but I now feel well and truly 'put in my place'.

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aquatarkus

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Hi Peter

The above links procedures work very well, I have upgraded all 4 of my pc's and 3 laptops to win8 pro using these methods. One thing I did forget once you have completed the procedures in the 2nd link you might have to activate manually, just follow the prompts.

Any problems just ask.

Regards

Aquatarkus

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