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Questions about Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro and upgrading.

After reading some mixed comments about Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro, I still have two questions about it before I install it on my recently completed build:

1) Just to further verify (and a probable yes), will I be able to install software (ie. Google Chrome, Malwarebytes, Java, etc.) and games?
2) Will installing, say, Windows 7 or 8 afterwards delete everything I have installed/downloaded?

I ask the second question because I'm waiting on a friend to get me a key (from his college's comp sci department, and since I'm too cheap to buy one) and since I'm not certain how long this will take, I'd like to get started installing while I wait.
Thanks in advance! =)
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  1. 2) Definitely.

    Not sure about 1).
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    ACKenway said:
    After reading some mixed comments about Windows Embedded 8.1 Industry Pro, I still have two questions about it before I install it on my recently completed build:

    1) Just to further verify (and a probable yes), will I be able to install software (ie. Google Chrome, Malwarebytes, Java, etc.) and games?
    2) Will installing, say, Windows 7 or 8 afterwards delete everything I have installed/downloaded?

    I ask the second question because I'm waiting on a friend to get me a key (from his college's comp sci department, and since I'm too cheap to buy one) and since I'm not certain how long this will take, I'd like to get started installing while I wait.
    Thanks in advance! =)


    Your friend should not breach his agreement with Microsoft and his faculty that allows him to obtain some Microsoft product keys. They are not transferable to other individuals.

    Embedded versions of Windows are meant for commercial users who know what they are doing. They are highly modularized and will not install many things by default. You will run into problems installing a lot of software.

    Installing Windows 8 on top of the existing installation would probably be a bad idea. Starting from scratch is always the best policy
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