About purchasing Windows 8

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by DoUdAr, Dec 18, 2012.

  1. DoUdAr

    DoUdAr MDL Novice

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    Hi guys, since it seems there will be no working activator i am thinkin to buy a legit key i used the upgrade assistant said its available for 39.99$ which is okay.. my questions are

    If i purchase i will get a serial to type when installing windows right ? or it works in another way

    How many PCs this serial can run? i read 2 is it right?

    can i fresh install W8 with this serial?

    why all those topics about backing-up W8 license, do i need it?
     
  2. Madison23

    Madison23 MDL Novice

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    One Serial Key is for Only one PC.For other PC you need another serial key.
     
  3. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    @DoUdAr

    Yes

    One but is transferable once activated

    there are many methods for fresh install .. this is where google is useful "W8 upgrade fresh install"
    this is how I did it http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...TA-conversions?p=693426&viewfull=1#post693426

    The why there are so many topics does not concern you if you are going the upgrade path however the reasons to back up in your case does ..
    If you have hardware changes and you become deactivated as a result

    Good activation backup solutions

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...ackup-Solution?p=444197&viewfull=1#post444197

    http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...s-8-activation?p=607160&viewfull=1#post607160
     
  4. DoUdAr

    DoUdAr MDL Novice

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    another q.. to get the promotional key with the discount i need a legit windows 7 key right?

    i am going to install it on 120gb SSD nothin on it is important dont mind formatting it so do i still need this step "5) Booted with acronis disk and cloned W7 OS .." ??
     
  5. BTOR

    BTOR MDL Addicted

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    can you point to the source of that Step 5
     
  6. S_A_S

    S_A_S MDL Member

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    Just used the upgrade path and was never asked after a key. Did run the upgrade assistent on a Win7 Ultimate OEM install, made the payment, downloaded WIN8 Pro and saved it to a USB.
    After that i used a new SSD to install with fresh key.

    Also did the WMC upgrade with a promo key that i used perviously to convert a VL to permanent activation. :mml:

    Best 15 bucks ever spend.
     
  7. scubaman

    scubaman MDL Junior Member

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    how can i get it for $15?
     
  8. DoUdAr

    DoUdAr MDL Novice

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    #9 DoUdAr, Dec 20, 2012
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    so the trick about the fresh install is to have the system partition formatted before you install or u have to repartition from inside the windows.. i have an ssd too but its already have w7 and ill format when i install w8, would it work this way?

    can i enter a valid windows 7 key which way purchased before the time they mentioned ?


    Windows 8 Pro have Windows Media Player and IE right?
     
  9. S_A_S

    S_A_S MDL Member

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    I was never asked after a key. I suppose because it was a OEM WIN7. To be to be eligible for the Pro version you need to have WIN7 Home Premium or Ultimate, dont know for XP/Vista. Also if you run the upgrade assistent from a 32bit your download will be a 32bit, same goes for 64bit

    You can use your new install media (after download, when prompted how to safe WIN8, choose USB or ISO <- for burning DVD) to make a fresh install , on setup select advanced options and remove all partitions.

    8 Pro has mediaplayer and IE, just no WMC.
     
  10. DoUdAr

    DoUdAr MDL Novice

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    my ssd has only one partition.. i have to remove it and recreate with each installation. right?

    one last question.. can i take w7 serial of my laptop and use it to get w8 for my desktop ?
     
  11. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    today, I read on a German site, that MS has also put a plug into this upgrad hole. As said, MS now controles the previous W7 serial against their own server an detects if legit or not. This means, that the upgrade offer is still available until Jan 2013 for legally purchesed Computers with W7 on it. In the past, they obviously didn't dooblecheck anything in terms of keys and quite few went through this hole - Game over on this path as well :nono2:
     
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  12. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Short answer: YES, you can.

    But you'll need to use an RTM either 32bit or 64bit for to use to install on your desktop. Reason are easy: Using the RTM DVD/ISO will not ask for the pre-installed Windows 7/Vista, you could just do an "normal" Upgrade or clean installation of windows 8. If you use the downloaded Windows 8 Image which were offered while buying the Key, it will need an installed Windows 7/Vista for to proceed with the installation.
     
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  13. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    for me this did not work had to (did last weekend) http://forums.mydigitallife.net/thr...TA-conversions?p=693426&viewfull=1#post693426
     
  14. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I just installed Windows 8 Pro today on the last of my office computers using the 40 bucks upgrade key. Done a clean install using the RTM ISO on USB Stick and all went fine. I had to call to MS to activate using that Key the 2. time and that were OK as well and in a matter of a few minutes the Machine were activated.

    Don't know why you guys get problems?! I use just a clean RTM, checked the hash against the MS infos, used a clean install and NO problems. Maybe you've to recheck your ISO's?
     
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  15. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    #16 redroad, Dec 20, 2012
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    Using
    Code:
    
    en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso  SHA1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4
    All hash checks
     
  16. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    #17 pisthai, Dec 20, 2012
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    Not sure, could it be a problem from the computers BIOS? I had to update the BIOS as well to the latest UEFI BIOS for the ASRock 990FX Fatal1ty Pro MB! I was getting reading errors of the USB Stick while starting the installation with the BIOS Ver. 1.80 so I upgraded to 1.90 and all ok.
     
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