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Windows 8 Upgrade edition- how to clean install on a new rig I am about to build, which has no OS on it currently

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June 12, 2013 10:46:10 AM

I've been looking at YouTube videos showing that if you put a CD of the Windows 8 upgrade edition, you have the option to clean install.

I currently have Vista 32-bit on the PC I'm about to replace, so I can't download a 64-bit Windows 8 installation from "windows-8-upgrade-assistant.exe".

This is what I want to do, if possible:

1. Buy Windows 8 Pro CD

2. Boot from CD on my new rig which I am about to build (which has a new SSD
with no previous OS on it)

3. Select clean install

4. How do I choose whether to install 32 or 64 bit? (since there is no "upgrade assistant" to choose for you)


^ Is this even possible with the upgrade version?


Basically I want to know:
If I buy the CD version of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade edition, since there is no "upgrade assistant.exe" that would usually choose whether to download x86 or x64 depending on what you currently have, how would I ensure that I would have 64-bit since the clean install process does not seem to give this choice anywhere (from what I've seen on YouTube)?
a b * Windows 8
June 12, 2013 11:03:08 AM

if it is a new rig, it would be a upgrade anymore.
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a b * Windows 8
June 12, 2013 11:09:01 AM

Windows 8 Prof upgrade = $180 (includes both 32 bit and 64 bit) and should allow for a clean install.
Windows 8 Prof OEM = $140
Maybe skip the hassle and go with the OEM version.

Alternative is windows 7 - Wn 8 is a 50/50 proproition, split between love it and hate it. If you have tried win 8 and like it, it would be the better choice. Win 8.1 will be out by the end of the year and be a free upgrade to 8.0
Anyway read, and decide.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32-416-...

?? What version of vista and is it on the computer that you want to upgrade. If Vista lic is an OEM and you are replacing the computer, upgrade is not allowed. If Vista is NOT a OEM version and you are replacing the computer AND uninstalling vista on old computer, yes you can use the upgrade version and do a clean install.
SEE: http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&q=clean+install+u...
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June 12, 2013 12:34:26 PM

RetiredChief said:
Windows 8 Prof upgrade = $180 (includes both 32 bit and 64 bit) and should allow for a clean install.
Windows 8 Prof OEM = $140
Maybe skip the hassle and go with the OEM version.

Alternative is windows 7 - Wn 8 is a 50/50 proproition, split between love it and hate it. If you have tried win 8 and like it, it would be the better choice. Win 8.1 will be out by the end of the year and be a free upgrade to 8.0
Anyway read, and decide.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=32-416-...

?? What version of vista and is it on the computer that you want to upgrade. If Vista lic is an OEM and you are replacing the computer, upgrade is not allowed. If Vista is NOT a OEM version and you are replacing the computer AND uninstalling vista on old computer, yes you can use the upgrade version and do a clean install.
SEE: http://www.google.com/#sclient=psy-ab&q=clean+install+u...


Oh yeah, sorry for being unclear about that. The old Pc that I am replacing is a 5 year old dell Inspiron 530 so I guess Vista is OEM on that so I wont able to use the upgrade. Also that article showed that I had to have a 64 bit OS already to download Windows 8 64 bit.

I'll just do OEM, as you said. It does seem to save me the hassle.

Cheers for your reply, you helped a lot :) 
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