Clean install with Windows 8 Upgrade?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by gate1975mlm, Jul 13, 2012.

  1. gate1975mlm

    gate1975mlm MDL Novice

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    Quick and simple question :)

    Will it be possible to do a reformat and clean install with Windows 8 upgrade version if a previous windows version is not already installed on the computer? Like for example lets say after a few months of use I want a nice clean install of Windows 8 will I have to first install my previous windows version in this case Windows 7 if I want to do a reformat and clean install?

    Also when we buy the Windows 8 upgrade will me get our own licence key that we can use during the clean install?
     
  2. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT MDL Addicted

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    I'm guessing that it will be possible, but it's impossible to know for sure until RTM comes out and the upgrade is offered. #2 I'm guessing yes, as well.
     
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  3. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    #3 FaiKee, Jul 13, 2012
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    If the drive has XP~Win8 installed the DVD will accept and proceed, it just view it as "Upgrade from win8 to win8".:D

    Edit :
    1. You can also try the win8's reset function, but I found it took even longer than format and re-install.

    2. Next month there should be RTM ISO's flying around, try your upgrade key with the ISO(it probably will), if it works, you can dump the upgrade ISO. :D
     
  4. fdamiani

    fdamiani MDL Novice

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    You will need to use your old W7 Key and then you will be able to install the upgrade version, once the upgrade process is finished you will be asked for the new W8 key.
     
  5. PaulDesmond

    PaulDesmond MDL Magnet

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    Your message reads like a warning :D
    Did you try it already or is it just a guess?
     
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  6. bchat

    bchat MDL Smart Azz

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    I'm guessing most people are guessing how the upgrade will work since I doubt anybody has been able to try it yet.
     
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  7. msr

    msr MDL Senior Member

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    One thing is ms do not want to make things too complicated and i doubt they care about losing some dosh over upgrade vs retail. Usually they want this process to go easy as posible, and if they put safeguards into it, that makes the end users part more harder, that is a big problem for ms and selling a new os.

    Ms need the upgrade process to be as dumbed down as possible as most people are not computer experts.

    Ms knows this, but how dumbed down the process they want is what we do not know obviously.
     
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  8. roirraW "edor" ehT

    roirraW "edor" ehT MDL Addicted

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    Exactly. I don't think it's going to be like the old days where they're actually going to provide only what your particular PC needs to change it from XP, Vista or 7 to W8. It's just way to unstable and unpredictable that way, anyway. The only instability that will likely come from how these W8 upgrades work will be from the installed programs, hardware and/or drivers kept from the previous OS, for those OSes which keep any. Still won't be a clean install if you decide to keep any (but you don't have to), but it will be much closer to clean than, say, a Windows 98->Windows 98 SE upgrade.
     
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  9. Diverge

    Diverge MDL Junior Member

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    Didn't vista or win 7 let you install the trial, and then allow you to upgrade from that... basically bypassing upgrade nonsense?
     
  10. FaiKee

    FaiKee Misinformation spreader

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    lmao, if after 3 years the user wants to clean reinstall, he had to use that win7 key again?......that key that he surrendered to MS and had been voided 3 years ago? :haha: