Windows 8 Upgrade or Full Edition?

Hello,

I am building a new PC, and as such - will need a new copy of Windows (preferably 8).

I am currently running Windows XP on a 7-year old build, which will shortly become trash.

My question is - can I buy the Windows 8 upgrade on my current XP system, create a recovery disk, and then install Windows 8 on the new build? Or will I need to purchase a full OEM version of Windows 8?

Trying to save myself money wherever possible - it's not like I'm going to have more than one PC running the one Windows 8 key, so I don't see the problem, but is it possible?
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  1. If you build the XP machine yourself, and still have the discs, it's possible to use the upgrade version. If it was delivered with XP pre-installed, or you don't have the old media, then you will need a full version.

    Be warned that I have never tried this. You may have to install XP on the new machine and then 8 on top of it, for all I know.
  2. PounceBounce said:
    Hello,

    I am building a new PC, and as such - will need a new copy of Windows (preferably 8).

    I am currently running Windows XP on a 7-year old build, which will shortly become trash.

    My question is - can I buy the Windows 8 upgrade on my current XP system, create a recovery disk, and then install Windows 8 on the new build? Or will I need to purchase a full OEM version of Windows 8?

    Trying to save myself money wherever possible - it's not like I'm going to have more than one PC running the one Windows 8 key, so I don't see the problem, but is it possible?

    From experience - bought W8 pro upgrade from Overclockers (UK) for £45 with intention of upgrading 17" HP Laptop from Vista. It has 2 drive bays, I replaced the Vista HDD with an SSD and moved the Vista drive to bay 2. I clean installed W8 to the SSD, and with the Install disk still in place, performed a Refresh Install (See http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13375-clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.html)
    Windows was installed and activated. Formatted the old Vista drive and now used as storage. No reason why you shouldn't do similar.
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