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New pc build - can I install windows 7 trial first than windows 8?

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August 5, 2014 3:50:32 PM

Hello,

I was wondering whether I could use this site and download the ISO to a usb drive and flash it.

http://www.techverse.net/download-windows-7-iso-x86-x64...

It is a new build and windows 8 will most likely come a few days after the parts so I was wondering if I could put this on a USB drive and set it to boot from the trial and when windows 8 arrives just upgrade it.

Will this work? If it does will I be able to just click update once I receive Windows 8 instead of re-install a new OS? Trying to explain this the best I can lol

a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
August 5, 2014 3:55:14 PM

A new install is over better than a upgrade. Things don't always go well with a upgrade.

Why not just install Windows 8 trial and then use your key to activate it afterwards./
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
August 5, 2014 3:56:29 PM

Theoretically, you should be able to install Windows 7 from that downloaded ISO and use it for a few days without activating it. However, I believe you will be required to activate the OS prior to upgrading to Windows 8. If you did not purchase a Windows 8 upgrade version, you'll need to do a complete install anyway. I don't know if there is an upgrade option on a full version of the OS.

Personally, I'd just wait until you get your Windows 8 DVD.

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August 5, 2014 4:02:12 PM

getochkn said:
A new install is over better than a upgrade. Things don't always go well with a upgrade.

Why not just install Windows 8 trial and then use your key to activate it afterwards./


I would have done that but I can't seem to find a trial for that anywhere to be honest.

Wolfshadw said:
Theoretically, you should be able to install Windows 7 from that downloaded ISO and use it for a few days without activating it. However, I believe you will be required to activate the OS prior to upgrading to Windows 8. If you did not purchase a Windows 8 upgrade version, you'll need to do a complete install anyway. I don't know if there is an upgrade option on a full version of the OS.

Personally, I'd just wait until you get your Windows 8 DVD.

-Wolf sends


I was thinking to do that too but I just want to test my build to make sure everything works the way it's supposed to. Could I literally hook everything up, turn the power on and if and when it gets to the boot screen just power off and wait?

Would this do any damage? I guess I'm in a hurry to know that all the parts work fine so if anything does go wrong I can return any DOA or defective components.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
August 5, 2014 4:09:22 PM

Yes, you can build your system and boot it up without a boot drive/DVD. It won't cause any issues with your system. The POST screen will tell you if everything is recognized and working, but you'll never know if everything is running perfectly until you actually install the OS and boot up the system. (HDD / RAM issues).

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August 5, 2014 4:14:52 PM

Wolfshadw said:
Yes, you can build your system and boot it up without a boot drive/DVD. It won't cause any issues with your system. The POST screen will tell you if everything is recognized and working, but you'll never know if everything is running perfectly until you actually install the OS and boot up the system. (HDD / RAM issues).

-Wolf sends


Sorry for loads of questions but new to this lol can I just use the power button on the case or do I do something else to shut it down once it boots and shows the post screen?

It seems like I won't know until I actually get the OS anyway so may have to just wait like you said. I'm ordering a few parts scan and others from Amazon directly (not refurbished or fulfilled warehouse deal) and they'll be arriving on Thursday I hope whereas the OS will probably arrive on Friday or Saturday. Anything to worry about in terms of returning if faulty? Just don't want to be left with dead hardware.
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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
August 5, 2014 9:38:32 PM

Generally speaking, you have around 30 days to return faulty items. If your OS is coming in the next couple of days, don't worry about it.
Yes, you can just use the power button to shut down the system after the BIOS/POST screens. Press and hold for four seconds and the system will shut down.

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