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#1 +Nik L

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 23:47

OK, sorry for the 100% noob question, but am slightly confused.

I have a hackintosh - that's not important beyond it's not running Windows in any way.

I want to buy Windows 8 Pro. But am a little confused - everything seems to be an upgrade. Where do I buy a 100% legit, non-upgrade, fresh install?

UK please...


#2 PsYcHoKiLLa

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 23:52

You don't until the end of January, Upgrade only for now...although you can do the old install it without a serial, then upgrade itself with the serial.

#3 OP +Nik L

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Posted 07 January 2013 - 23:57

Now, I don't know if it's safe to ask this...

I could wipe my drive. Install Win 7 without a serial (how?) but then if I upgrade to Win 8 - and put the serial for Win 8 in - it becomes legit?

Doesn't that mean I have technically upgraded illegitimately?

#4 jesseinsf

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 00:11

OK, sorry for the 100% noob question, but am slightly confused.

I have a hackintosh - that's not important beyond it's not running Windows in any way.

I want to buy Windows 8 Pro. But am a little confused - everything seems to be an upgrade. Where do I buy a 100% legit, non-upgrade, fresh install?

UK please...

The purchasing process scans your computer for a previous version of windows, it tells you what apps and drivers are and are not compatible. Once you purchase Windows 8, I believe it binds your New Serial key with the Serial Key of the previous version of windows. After you download it you will have the choice to install later. It is that time you are given the option the either burn a DVD or make a bootable USB. You can then perform a clean install. I did it and it worked for me. Well I upgraded first, then a month later I did a clean format and install. :-)

#5 OP +Nik L

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 00:13

Like I said, I don't have a legit previous version of Windows installed, nor will I have? Sure I could illegitimately install one, but that's wrong?

#6 primexx

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:46

You need to buy an OEM licence for a fully new key, but be careful, they don't advertise this fact but I got burned by it: OEM versions are defective by design in that they artificially break touch functionality in non-Win8 certified hardware, so if you have any existing touch devices don't get an OEM licence.

I think you can try installing a no licence key Win7 and run the upgrade wizard to see if it lets you. As long as you get a new Win8 key and the ISO to burn, you should be set.

#7 +Brando212

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 03:56

yes, you could install windows 7 without a key then run the upgrade agent and it would work just fine.
as long as it detects a version of windows on your computer that's all the upgrade agent cares about

you can download the windows 7 ISOs directly from Microsoft legally, just google it

#8 +goretsky

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:42

Hello,

Windows 8 retail boxed packages are available. I picked up a few while they were on sale over the holidays.

Regards,

Aryeh Goretsky

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:45

Someone managed to buy the Win 8 upgrade using the advisor in Win 7 compatibility mode while running the trial version of 8 enterprise, which would be legitimately activated

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 10:53

If you care so much about morality, buy the system builder version at full price. Guarantees complete peace of mind.

OR

Buy Windows 8 upgrade code by running upgrade assistant on some other computer. Once you have the receipt which mentions your product upgrade key, fresh install the Pro version by wiping your hackintosh. Then do the reg tweak mentioned here and it should accept your upgrade key and activate. Once activated, use Advanced Tokens Manager to backup your activation and restore whenever you format or get your PC riddled with viruses.

#11 OP +Nik L

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:07

If you care so much about morality

It's more that I just don't want any "This version is not legit" hassle later on.

Thanks everyone. :)

#12 DKAngel

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Posted 08 January 2013 - 11:30

i had win 8 installed and not activated ran the upgrade advisor in win7 mode, purchased my key and then wiped my hdd and did a clean install and it activated