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#16 Brandon

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 16:27

Can you use the key for a clean install?


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 16:29

Can you use the key for a clean install?


I'm about to install it now, but it looks like it. During the download process it gave me the option to create an ISO, then it showed me my product key, which would imply that you can clean install :)

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 16:32

I believe you are confused. There is a 14.99 upgrade for people who just bought a PC ...


Bought a PC with what operating system ... Windows 7 ?

In that case they are getting 8 for very cheap -- $15.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 16:43

Bought a PC with what operating system ... Windows 7 ?

In that case they are getting 8 for very cheap -- $15.

It's for people who just bought a PC with Windows 7 (I think in like the last month or two). They get the $14.99 upgrade.

If you bought a Windows 7 PC months ago you can still get the upgrade but it'll cost you $39.99.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 16:53

I'm about to install it now, but it looks like it. During the download process it gave me the option to create an ISO, then it showed me my product key, which would imply that you can clean install :)


Yup.

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#21 AXL86

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 17:08

Yup.

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But is the ISO bootable? if Yes it's simple you can do a clean install altough there is FAQ on Microsoft support site for windows 8 that says:


You upgraded to Windows 8, but didn't have a previous version of Windowsinstalled (error 0xC004F061)


If you see error 0xC004F061 when you try to activate Windows 8, it means that you're using a product key for an upgrade version of Windows 8 and a previous version of Windows wasn't on your PC when Windows 8 was installed. To install an upgrade version of Windows 8, you must already have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed on your PC.
If you formatted the drive before the upgrade version of Windows 8 was installed, you won't be able to use your upgrade product key to activate Windows 8. To activate Windows 8, you'll need to install your previous version of Windows, and then reinstall Windows 8. For help with the activation process, contact support.


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Posted 25 October 2012 - 19:19

Strange how they let you go through with the offer without having to provide any proof of the original purchase *cough* :shifty:

#23 AXL86

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 19:36

I've bought a laptop with Win7 last year... i faked the date :))

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 19:48

Got my upgrade key too!

#25 tdott

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 20:57

Tried to sign up but it asks for my win7 product key and then said i wasn't eligible.

Hehe, I purchased my computer last year was just trying it since others said they were able to get it.

#26 forster

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 21:00

Interesting, didnt ask me - I've just upgraded Win7 and it went flawlessly, I've seen a few vids of the 'learning curve' people have to go through, and Im quite enjoying the experience.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 21:08

But is the ISO bootable? if Yes it's simple you can do a clean install altough there is FAQ on Microsoft support site for windows 8 that says:


You upgraded to Windows 8, but didn't have a previous version of Windowsinstalled (error 0xC004F061)


If you see error 0xC004F061 when you try to activate Windows 8, it means that you're using a product key for an upgrade version of Windows 8 and a previous version of Windows wasn't on your PC when Windows 8 was installed. To install an upgrade version of Windows 8, you must already have Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP installed on your PC.
If you formatted the drive before the upgrade version of Windows 8 was installed, you won't be able to use your upgrade product key to activate Windows 8. To activate Windows 8, you'll need to install your previous version of Windows, and then reinstall Windows 8. For help with the activation process, contact support.


Did you get that error with the 14.99 upgrade or the 24.99 upgrade? I hear the 14.99 upgrade has more limitations than the normally priced upgrade

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 22:31

It let me enter my email address no issues at all, but I have yet to get any upgrade key. Going to try again soon.

#29 jhoff80

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 23:15

The key does not work on clean installs. You can install but it won't activate.

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Posted 25 October 2012 - 23:30

btw, if anyone is interested in the $39.99 upgrade from XP/vista/win7 to win8 Pro(+WMC), he can try with the Windows Upgrade Assistant, download link: http://go.microsoft..../?LinkID=262205


Sweet, I thought it was pointless to make people who want to download it wait another day (I know, first world problems), and the upgrade assistant let me buy it for $39 and it's downloading now.