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November 3, 2012 12:22:31 AM

My friend was having problems with Windows 7 (Some sectors of his hard drive went bad, and no matter how much I urge him he doesn't get a new hard drive). Now that Windows 8 is out I was wondering how if we needed to have him purchase the system builder or the upgrade. I am wondering this because his computer doesn't have Windows 7 on it anymore so I don't know if the upgrade version would reject his computer, or if it would work. Thanks for all of the replies!

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a b $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
November 3, 2012 1:09:50 AM
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Hi :) 

I seriously doubt 8 will install on a crashed hard drive....

He does realise that sooner or later that drive will damage a sector containing windows start up files.... and then he WONT GET INTO WINDOWS EVER AGAIN....and there is a VERY GOOD chance he will lose ALL his data on the drive....unless he wants to pay a data recovery company THOUSANDS to recover it...

All the best Brett :) 
a c 215 $ Windows 7
a b * Windows 8
November 3, 2012 1:24:25 AM

Microsoft does not support upgrading from the Release Preview to the RTM build. Your friend is going to have to do a fresh install. While you're at it, get your friend to heed Brett and your advice about the hard drive. He's going to really regret not getting a replacement drive if he doesn't have his data backed up.
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November 3, 2012 2:16:42 AM

I'll tell him that he needs to get his hard drive fixed ASAP. but for the Winodws 7, there is recovery media, so will that install w/out the Windows key? I remeber I used those for my laptop but I forgot if it needs the key or not.
November 10, 2012 1:28:05 AM

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