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Currently have an HDD with Windows 7 x64 OEM but want to upgrade to Windows 8

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October 19, 2013 1:08:36 AM

I Currently have an HDD from my old factory made PC from Gateway with Windows 7 x64 OEM and I would like to use the HDD from this computer. But I would like for it to have Windows 8 or 8.1 Retail. Would I be able to do this? How?

In addition, when i start up my new pc what would be the steps that I would take for the computer to install the Windows 8 OS instead of starting off of the hard drive?
a b $ Windows 7
a c 381 * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 1:15:16 AM

Jokerspades said:
I Currently have an HDD from my old factory made PC from Gateway with Windows 7 x64 OEM and I would like to use the HDD from this computer. But I would like for it to have Windows 8 or 8.1 Retail. Would I be able to do this? How?

In addition, when i start up my new pc what would be the steps that I would take for the computer to install the Windows 8 OS instead of starting off of the hard drive?

Depends on whether you buy the Upgrade version of W8 or the full Retail version. From your other post I assume you have the Retail version?

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October 19, 2013 1:17:46 AM

dodger46 said:
Jokerspades said:
I Currently have an HDD from my old factory made PC from Gateway with Windows 7 x64 OEM and I would like to use the HDD from this computer. But I would like for it to have Windows 8 or 8.1 Retail. Would I be able to do this? How?

In addition, when i start up my new pc what would be the steps that I would take for the computer to install the Windows 8 OS instead of starting off of the hard drive?

Depends on whether you buy the Upgrade version of W8 or the full Retail version. From your other post I assume you have the Retail version?



Yes the retail version
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a b $ Windows 7
a c 381 * Windows 8
October 19, 2013 1:29:22 AM

In that case boot your machine into Setup (BIOS) and change the Boot priority to CD/DVD then HDD, then with the Installation Disk in place save changes and exit. When you get to the 'Where do you want to Install Window ' screen, choose 'Drive Options (Advanced). Click on all partitions in turn and delete them until all you have left is 'Unallocated Space'. Proceed to install Windows without formatting or creating partitions, it will all be done for you...
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