Install windows 8 pro update on a new computer ?

Discussion in 'Windows 8' started by parisien, Dec 28, 2012.

  1. parisien

    parisien MDL Novice

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    Hello.

    I ordered windows 8 pro at 29,99 Euros at microsoft store.

    It says it is an update.

    I want to install it on a new computer.

    Do i have to install first windows 7 and then update to windows 8 (what will do a not clean instalation)

    or is there a way to install it directly in a computer with no windows on it ? to have a clean install of windows 8.

    Thank you for your answer.
     
  2. Tito

    Tito Super Mod / Adviser
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    Noop, just use MSDN media, install fresh, activate online.
     
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  3. ecnav

    ecnav MDL Novice

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    Well technically you can but there are times after it gets installed you will get an error: the key you used is for an upgrade. But there is an easy fix for it. you can edit the reg and rearm it. you can search google for the instructions.

    The other way is to upgrade to windows 8 without keeping anything and it should do a clean install for you without getting the activation error after
     
  4. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    That isn't true! If you use the RTM ISO for to do just a clean install without to have any version of an older Windows on the HDD or even use a new HDD, the Upgrade Key works like any normal Retail Key without to trigger any error later on.

    I use that on my Main Machine since I bought the Upgrade Key on October 26. without any problem! Same on my Laptop, used a clean install from RTM ISO and an Upgrade Key: NO Problem.
     
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  5. Majestic

    Majestic MDL Junior Member

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    Only problem is that it breaches Microsoft agreement.
     
  6. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    Not really! If you own an Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7 License and while installing use that Media as USB or DVD connected to the machine, you didn't! Anyway, how they would control that? It's just impossible!
     
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  7. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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  8. redroad

    redroad MDL Guru

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    Yes as reported by you and others but this is not always a certain outcome. As also reported by the other threads, I've listed above, there is about a 50% success rate but the good news is that we have alternative methods which have been well documented in how to achieve upgrade activation if clean install with upgrade key fails to activate ..
     
  9. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    If something is triggering such problems, it should be checked: WHAT is that?!

    One thing I could think about is the computers language, mainly the GB version. I use US English only.
     
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  10. harrismail

    harrismail MDL Member

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    If the language is the issue then it might be the simplest option to install using "US" option and change to the desired language and keyboard once Windows 8 has successfully installed.
     
  11. pisthai

    pisthai Imperfect Human

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    I install US English and ad later German and Thai because I use that 3 languages. N o problems at all.
     
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