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#1 thealexweb

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 15:53

I got my PC within the time frame to qualify for this deal http://news.softpedi...n-318643.shtml.

Is there a way for me to do a fresh install while doing an 'upgrade'? Also could I buy the license now and use it at a later date once Windows 8's ecosystem more time to develop. Do I lose my right to use my Windows 7 license as soon as the Windows 8 license is purchased? So could I go back to Windows 7 if I change my mind?


#2 COKid

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:03

Yes, yes, no, and yes.

#3 Gotenks98

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 16:23

You can do a fresh install with an upgrade key. Thats no problem. Just make sure you boot from the disk instead of starting the install from Windows. So long as the the install dectects you had windows installed on that system it will count as an upgrade. You can even format the drive from the installer if needed. You can use the license later if you want thats up to you. Not sure about how the licensing thing works but I wont tell if you dont tell. :) Also I recommend that if your system came pre-installed with 7 that you create the recovery media so you can get back 7 if you do not like 8 for some reason. You could always install 8 to a VHD and run the 2 OSes on the same drive without having to repartition anything just to see if you like it or not.

#4 OP thealexweb

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Posted 05 January 2013 - 22:23

Thanks everyone :)