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October 16, 2012 7:49:46 PM

Hi,
If I have Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview or whatever it is called...will I have to reinstall the entire thing when I buy the real released version that is coming out soon?...Or can I download an update and just put in my activation key or something.

I searched all over and no concrete answer came up. Thank you for any help!

Edit: I found somewhere that was said Microsoft claimed any pre-release installs were all a dead end. Can anybody confirm?
October 16, 2012 8:45:17 PM

If I remember correctly, the jump from Windows 7 Consumer preview to the released version was a clean install and I think it'll be the same for 8. Although, I'll be waiting until Microsoft get their act together and release a half decent version (one that works with the Start Menu and doesn't have hidden menus) before I switch over from Windows 7.
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October 16, 2012 8:59:11 PM

blackhawk1928 said:
Hi,
If I have Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview or whatever it is called...will I have to reinstall the entire thing when I buy the real released version that is coming out soon?...Or can I download an update and just put in my activation key or something.

I searched all over and no concrete answer came up. Thank you for any help!

Edit: I found somewhere that was said Microsoft claimed any pre-release installs were all a dead end. Can anybody confirm?


Before I give you the link, here is a warning:

Any upgrade from a beta version of a product, such as an upgrade from Windows 8 Customer Preview or Windows 8 Release Preview, is bound to have inherent bugs and glitches, some possibly system-crashing. It is best to do a clean install regardless of the ease of the process. It is unsupported by Microsoft and I highly doubt any of us here will be able to help you sort out said issues.

Anyway, here it is:

http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9230479/Bloggers...
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October 17, 2012 9:49:58 PM

Mhm, well I'll just install the final version upon release. Not worth the problems that can come. Thanks for the help everybody!
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