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Old 26-10-2012, 03:02 PM   #1
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Windows 8 Pro US$39.99 Experience - Clean Install? Non Legit Win 7? All Answered.

Hi all,

Just upgraded to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Ultimate. I've documented the entire experience here:
thoughts » Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Experience

2 popular questions also answered:
  • Can you use the US$39.99 offer to upgrade from a non legit (i.e. cracked/use daz loader/illegal) version of Windows 7?
  • Can you use the US$39.99 offer to install Windows 8 Pro on a system with no OS?

Hope this post helps upgraders.

ok, i can confirm what my buddy experimented :
he was going to install on his second pc (with second set of keys of cos) ...
1) re-used ISO downloaded previously via microsoft - yes
2) option selected during purchase - Keep Nothing
3) Installed on "new" hdd (old, but reformatted prior to Windows 8 Boot DVD [ie HDD reformatting wasn't done during or by Win8 Boot DVD = New Partion-less HDD - YES, can, successful
For those who have trouble activating a clean install. (I've heard some success and some failure, I have had 2 successes on my end so far).

Apparently, this legit Windows 7 trick works for Windows 8:
Windows 8 Upgrade: clean install possible?
Activate Windows 8 Pro Upgrade

Windows 8 users who noticed that the operating system can’t be activated after the installation may want to try the following workaround that worked to activate when installing Windows 7 using an upgrade on a clean PC.

Open regedit by pressing Windows-q, entering regedit and selecting the result from the list of hits.
Navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOBE/
Change MediaBootInstall from 1 to 0
Go back to the start screen and enter cmd there.
Right-click Command Prompt and select to run it as administrator.
Type slmgr /rearm on the command line and hit enter.
Reboot Windows now.
Run the activation utility afterwards, enter your product key to activate Windows.
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Hi all,

Just upgraded to Windows 8 Pro from Windows 7 Ultimate. I've documented the entire experience here:
thoughts » Windows 8 Pro Upgrade Experience

2 popular questions also answered:
  • Can you use the US$39.99 offer to upgrade from a non legit (i.e. cracked/use daz loader/illegal) version of Windows 7?
  • Can you use the US$39.99 offer to install Windows 8 Pro on a system with no OS?

Hope this post helps upgraders.
Thanks for the great post
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Old 26-10-2012, 03:36 PM   #3
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Nice Post! I am also moving from my Windows 7 Ultimate. Buy first talk later
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Old 26-10-2012, 05:01 PM   #4
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Boxed copies of Windows 8 Pro do not work for clean installs - PC & Tech Authority
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Old 26-10-2012, 05:39 PM   #5
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Well mine is not a boxed copy (downloaded from Windows.com) and I installed mine via the clean install way.

Should be a simple reason:
Microsoft did not put in the full RTM ISO in their boxed copies?
When you upgrade online, you are actually downloading the RTM ISO.

Either ways, just get the RTM ISO and use the product key. It should work. It worked great on my end. Tested.
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Either ways, just get the RTM ISO and use the product key. It should work. It worked great on my end. Tested.
any1 can confirm?
if true no need to buy full version already.
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any1 can confirm?
if true no need to buy full version already.
Ok let me clarify. You cannnot just build a PC and use the US$39.99. Why? Because the US$39.99 offer requires this thing called the Upgrade Assistant.

The Upgrade Assistant runs on an existing version of Windows (XP, Vista, 7) and all it does is 2 things:
  1. Let you purchase a full product key after checking your current license (and also app compatibility in case you want to do an upgrade without wiping)
  2. Let you download Windows 8 Pro RTM ISO Image (which you can BT it if you want, same thing)

So, the Upgrade Assistant is your door to a Product Key. After you got the key, you can go do a clean install which is what I did.
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Also, I have no idea why would ppl choose boxed copy over online download (unless no internet access). It's cheaper to get it online and more convenient as well. Also, this route already tested by me haha.
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Also, I have no idea why would ppl choose boxed copy over online download (unless no internet access). It's cheaper to get it online and more convenient as well. Also, this route already tested by me haha.
Simply because a boxed copy is more worth it. A digital download costs S$49. A retail box costs $79 now with a free printer worth $79 (and of course both 32 bit and 64 bit discs). I sold off my printer for $60 already and i purchased my copy at $49 from the launch event at Funan with a lot of freebies
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Also, non legit copies of Windows 7 activated via SLIC injection qualifies for the upgrade. I encourage people who have been using non legit copies of Windows 7 to take advantage of the US$39.99 offer to convert to a legit copy of Windows 8. It’s really cheap for a fully featured OS.
Can the non legit copy of Windows 7 thru other means able to be converted to legit copy of win 8?
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Old 26-10-2012, 08:54 PM   #11
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Can the non legit copy of Windows 7 thru other means able to be converted to legit copy of win 8?
sounds like $$ laundering
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Can you clean install windows 8 using the $79 upgrade DVD?
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Ok let me clarify. You cannnot just build a PC and use the US$39.99. Why? Because the US$39.99 offer requires this thing called the Upgrade Assistant.

The Upgrade Assistant runs on an existing version of Windows (XP, Vista, 7) and all it does is 2 things:
  1. Let you purchase a full product key after checking your current license (and also app compatibility in case you want to do an upgrade without wiping)
  2. Let you download Windows 8 Pro RTM ISO Image (which you can BT it if you want, same thing)

So, the Upgrade Assistant is your door to a Product Key. After you got the key, you can go do a clean install which is what I did.
can confirm this for me pls :

i ran the Upgrade Assistant on my old P4 system, and it seems to allow me to go ahead with the $39.99US purchase ...

can i download, and then burn it onto a DVD, keep it and then use it when i build a new pc (not pre-installed with any OS) ?

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can confirm this for me pls :

i ran the Upgrade Assistant on my old P4 system, and it seems to allow me to go ahead with the $39.99US purchase ...

can i download, and then burn it onto a DVD, keep it and then use it when i build a new pc (not pre-installed with any OS) ?

TIA
I cannot confirm this. What I understand is you want to get a license on your P4 PC and then use it on another PC. In theory it should work but I've not tested it so I can't confirm it.

All I have been doing with my systems are clean installs on the same system.
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Simply because a boxed copy is more worth it. A digital download costs S$49. A retail box costs $79 now with a free printer worth $79 (and of course both 32 bit and 64 bit discs). I sold off my printer for $60 already and i purchased my copy at $49 from the launch event at Funan with a lot of freebies
I believe that is the Members event for Challenger. Me not a member.

If no freebies not worth it. Of course with those freebies is damn worth it! Congrats!
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