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Can I install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade to no-OS PC/Laptop?

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November 29, 2012 1:41:49 PM

Currently, there is offering of Windows 8 Pro Upgrade from microsoft:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows/buy

I'm planning to buy $69.99 upgrade dvd (because I don't have credit card to buy $39.99 version).

I have a notebook that has no OS installed yet (it's a new notebook) and the notebook supports windows 8.

So the question is: Can I install Windows 8 Pro Upgrade to non-OS PC/Laptop? (so it's kind of fresh full install)
Or is it only can be installed for machine that has already installed with older windows, e.g. windows 7?
November 29, 2012 1:57:59 PM

You must have a current MS OS to upgrade.
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November 29, 2012 2:08:12 PM

It is very simple math whatever you multiply by zero you always end up with zero.
So if you have no OS now you simply can not upgrade. You need Windows XP, Vista or 7 to run the update. Also if you have 32 bit OS and want to upgrade to 64 bit OS you will have to buy a DVD because and do a custom install...
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to...
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November 29, 2012 2:13:52 PM

larrym said:
You must have a current MS OS to upgrade.

If I installed my notebook with windows XP SP2, can it be upgraded with the Windows 8 Pro Upgrade?
Is the windows XP must be original?


@maxinexus:
So if I want to upgrade to windows 8 pro 64 bit, I should have at least windows XP 64 bit or windows 7 home premium 64 bit installed in my machine?
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November 29, 2012 3:07:06 PM

You can install the free windows 8 consumer previews then upgrade if you like it. At least it worked 9 days ago. I think it will work until the preview expires end of January.
- also you can get your key using paypal as payment. I think it delays sending the key for 1 or 2 if you use paypal.

from the Microsoft web site
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/upgrade-pr...

Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)
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November 29, 2012 4:56:18 PM

johnbl said:
You can install the free windows 8 consumer previews then upgrade if you like it. At least it worked 9 days ago. I think it will work until the preview expires end of January.
- also you can get your key using paypal as payment. I think it delays sending the key for 1 or 2 if you use paypal.

from the Microsoft web site
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB/windows-8/upgrade-pr...

Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. This must be a PC that is currently running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview. (Windows 8 Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.)



Hi :) 

I wish you would STOP suggesting stuff like that, its not only ILLEGAL , its against Toms rules...

All the best Brett :) 
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November 29, 2012 5:36:25 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

I wish you would STOP suggesting stuff like that, its not only ILLEGAL , its against Toms rules...

All the best Brett :) 


You are confused. It is not illegal, the web site is Microsoft's and the quoted text is a direct cut and paste from that Microsoft link.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-GB [...] t-key-only

-Their own product support has even suggested it for people who wiped their drive before completing the install.

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November 29, 2012 6:42:55 PM

Unless they have changed things over the last few years being I never use CD's to install anymore and rarely ever did an upgrade anyway, you do NOT need the OS actually installed. However, you need the full version CD/DVD so that you can use it to validate you own a copy during the installation.

Can anyone confirm that is still the case? It has probably been 5 years since I have done an upgrade instead of an full install as I generally recommend against them.
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January 12, 2013 7:46:53 PM

Brett928S2 said:
Hi :) 

I wish you would STOP suggesting stuff like that, its not only ILLEGAL , its against Toms rules...

All the best Brett :) 


That's not illegal. Microsoft offered these previews from their website. You can get them until the end of January. Then they expire, and allow you to buy a product key legally
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