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Win 8 Msoft Download - Full or Upgrade?

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October 17, 2012 10:08:11 PM

Hello,

I read a thread on Slikdeals.net where you can download Win8 for $40. Someone there said they called Msoft and said they have Linux and if they bought the download, could they install it on a clean machine. The agent told him YES. He said he called again and asked the same question and got the same answer.

On the Microsoft download/purchase page, in the "before you buy" section it mentions "To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7."

Anyone know if you can install this on a clean machine with no os installed?

Here's the link and it's message #54 on page 4

http://slickdeals.net/permadeal/81558/amazon.com-micros...

Thanks
October 17, 2012 10:16:34 PM

I believe with the windows upgrade copy, you can only "upgrade" the copy of windows, but you can install it and have a 30 day test of Win 8 before the product trial is over. At least that is what happened for Win XP, Vista, and 7
October 17, 2012 10:28:26 PM

if you're running linux, then no, the upgrade version won't work. You would need to buy a full license. OOORRR find/buy an valid XP license really cheap, install that, then use the Win 8 Upgrade version.

Oh yeah, during the win 8 upgrade installation, you will be given the option to perform a clean install. But you need to have XP, Vista, or Win 7 on there first before it will allow you to even launch the upgrade installation.
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October 17, 2012 10:34:33 PM

bliq said:
if you're running linux, then no, the upgrade version won't work. You would need to buy a full license. OOORRR find/buy an valid XP license really cheap, install that, then use the Win 8 Upgrade version.

Oh yeah, during the win 8 upgrade installation, you will be given the option to perform a clean install. But you need to have XP, Vista, or Win 7 on there first before it will allow you to even launch the upgrade installation.



Hi :) 

Correct.... and I will be selling 8 in my shops.... (but not many I suspect)

All the best Brett :) 
October 18, 2012 9:02:04 AM

bliq said:
before it will allow you to even launch the upgrade installation.


If that's true, then the registry edit method for clean install on an OS-less system won't apply. Yet, it seems there are many who believe that this method will still work from the W7 days.
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