Originally Posted by ColdFusionWi
Actually I think it's a combination of things. This is my personal take and in a way iARDAs already confirmed this from his previous posts.
You should be able to download and burn the upgrade iso to disk. Format your hard drive so there is nothing on it. Now you would be doing a fresh install of Win8 however since the install didn't recognize that there was a previous Windows directory it doesn't flag it as being activated. Now that you have it installed run the upgrade process from the disk, basically updating Win8 to Win8. It will now recognize that there's a windows directory and flag you as activated.
That's what I think too. Good way to put it out there.
So in the future maybe if i get a new hard drive, the only way to do it would be to install the iso disk that is burned first. 99% the CD key won't be recognized. Than run the setup wizard while in Windows and re install Windows 8 once more. This time the CD key Works.
Wierd but this is what happened to me.
This time i did have a folder called Windows.old.
maybe thats the trick.
I also believe that the upgrade file and the regular Windows 8 files are the same in every way.
We just buy an upgrade CD key thats it. At least that's how I see it.
Edit 2 ;
First time I installed the Windows 8, it asked me for a CD key when Windows 8 installation was complete.
Second time that I installed Win8 on Win8 via the setup wizard on desktop, this time the wizard ask me for the key BEFORE installing Win 8 for the 2nd time. WHen I copied the CD key, the wizard said that my CD key was good to go for an upgrade.
It's just wierd because technically upgrading to Windows 8 pro from Windows 8 pro shouldn't work according to Microsoft. They said that the upgrade would only be possible with Windows 7 or below.
Edited by iARDAs - 10/26/12 at 3:03pm