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October 25, 2012 6:04:12 PM

I got a question regarding upgrading my Vista to Window 8. My Vista is not OEM...it's a full Pro version I got for Christmas awhile back. I recently just purchased a new SSD and would like to do a fresh install of Window 8 on it using the upgrade. How do I go about doing that? Any help would be appreciated...thanks.

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October 25, 2012 6:10:11 PM

Hi :) 

You DONT... the upgrade wont work like that....

You need to install the Vista on the SSD FIRST...

All the best Brett :) 
October 25, 2012 6:20:02 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

You DONT... the upgrade wont work like that....

You need to install the Vista on the SSD FIRST...

All the best Brett :) 



Thanks Brett...so I reinstall the Vista on the new SSD than upgrade?

Do I need to do any deactivation before installing it on the new drive?
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October 25, 2012 7:42:37 PM

jakes69 said:
Thanks Brett...so I reinstall the Vista on the new SSD than upgrade?

Do I need to do any deactivation before installing it on the new drive?



Hi :) 

Umm hold on...is it on ANOTHER MACHINE (The Vista) ???

All the best Brett :) 
October 25, 2012 7:56:34 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

Umm hold on...is it on ANOTHER MACHINE (The Vista) ???

All the best Brett :) 


Same machine...but I'm replacing the hard drive with a new SSD. I pretty much want a fresh install to Window 8 using upgrade from Vista.
October 25, 2012 8:13:50 PM

The upgrade installs only work on already present copies of the OS, so yes, you will have to install vista on the SD and then run the upgrade. Even if your copy was OEM, it is tied to the MOBO, so it will let you re-install it on an infinite number of HDD's, as long as they are hooked to that MOBO!

And you don't have to deactivate the copy, it will realize it has already been activated elsewhere when you reinstall, and likely will prompt you with a number or something to call at Microsoft to get your copy "switched" (I dunno if they provide you a new key or what, I haven't had to do this). I think you get 30 days with full features anyways to do this process.
October 25, 2012 8:15:32 PM

If 8 is anything like 7 you won't have to install Vista first. just make sure you have the Vista DVD handy and when 8 asks you for compatible media put it in the DVD drive. It will check to see if it's valid and then tell you to take it out and put the 8 DVD back in. I hope that's right...
Good luck!
October 25, 2012 8:49:25 PM

Ok thanks for the suggestions...but I'm getting 2 different answers. I guess I will try to install Window 8 without installing Vista first since that is a shorter route. If it doesn't work than I guess I have to install Vista first.

Thanks everyone!
October 25, 2012 9:01:26 PM

That would be the smartest route I think, good luck! :) 
October 25, 2012 9:10:38 PM

Win 7 did not require it to be installed...just have a valid retail disc of previous OS to put in the DVD drive during the install process.
October 29, 2012 3:12:01 PM

OK, installed Window 8 upgrade over the weekend. Smooth as butter. No need to install Vista first...installed straight from Window 8 ISO disk.
October 31, 2012 6:24:42 PM

Because Microsoft has lots of variations of 'a licence' and now has changed its EULA again in windows8 this would need degree in law to actually explain or understand as to what your rights are (if any) with any install or upgrade scenario
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