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install windows 7 oem on top of win 8 upgrade???

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November 6, 2013 1:47:27 PM

My bf bought me win 8 pro to install on new hard drive. The clerk said it was a full version when he bought it.

I installed it on a new 3tb hard drive and found out it was an upgrade when I entered key and it stated key wont work since I needed a previous version on hard drive. I now have a new win 7 oem and debating on how to properly use it. I am assuming I cannot just pop in win 7 disc and install on win 8 or can I???

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a b * Windows 8
November 6, 2013 4:10:41 PM

You can use the Windows 7 disk to wipe the drive out and run the install, then run the upgrade install to Windows 8 immediately after the 7 install is done. Be sure to back up your data first though. You cannot, as you are suggesting, install Windows 7 as though it is an upgrade overtop of Windows 8. You must wipe the drive out first to do that.
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November 6, 2013 6:50:04 PM

The_Prophecy said:
You can use the Windows 7 disk to wipe the drive out and run the install, then run the upgrade install to Windows 8 immediately after the 7 install is done. Be sure to back up your data first though. You cannot, as you are suggesting, install Windows 7 as though it is an upgrade overtop of Windows 8. You must wipe the drive out first to do that.


Ok thanks. I wasn't sure if I could use the win 7 disc to wipe the drive while installing or if I needed to erase win 8 before I even put in the win 7 disc.

I dont really have much to save on comp since I installed win 8 and couldn't get full access to it since it was an upgrade only.
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a b * Windows 8
November 6, 2013 9:20:35 PM

Yup, you can definitely wipe the drive out with the win 7 install disk. Don't need to do anything with the Windows 8 install before hand if you don't need any data off the machine before hand.
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