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I'm trying to do a clean Windows 8 install on an SSD, but I do not want to have to put it over my 7 install currently. The upgrade assistant on Microsoft lets you do the upgrade from within Windows, but I don't want to do that. Please note this is a legal copy (copies) of both 7 and 8. The question is simply how to do a clean install of 8. I cannot figure this out.
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would splitting your ssd into another partition work? then you can have win7 on one part and win8 on the other part.
    
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I don't want to partition the hard drive. I simply want a fresh reformat with 8; I don't want a paste job over 7.
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How to make a bootable dvd wit upgrade brought from MS
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/18309-windows-8-upgrade-iso-download-create.html

How to do clean install.
http://www.overclock.net/t/1322042/how-to-clean-install-with-windows-8-upgrade
Edited by noobdown - 4/3/13 at 8:47am
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Do you have a second SSD? without a partition wouldn't the only option be to overwrite Windows7?
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Do you have a second SSD? without a partition wouldn't the only option be to overwrite Windows7?

i think he wants to get rid of windows 7, and i guess windows 8 doesn't do clean installs, only upgrades?
    
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Do you have a second SSD? without a partition wouldn't the only option be to overwrite Windows7?

i think he wants to get rid of windows 7, and i guess windows 8 doesn't do clean installs, only upgrades?

Yes and no. you can install it no problem, but. if you don't edit the reg and rearm then reboot after frist start up. it wont genuine the os.

Read the second link, I posted earlier. To get a better grasp of it.
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Yes and no. you can install it no problem, but. if you don't edit the reg and rearm then reboot after frist start up. it wont genuine the os.

Read the second link, I posted earlier. To get a better grasp of it.

Hmm..I can't remember how I did it. I might have done it over W8 Release Preview, then deleted the Window.old file. But I somehow changed to AHCI mode in the process too...I wish I could remember.
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If you have the Win8 ISO on a bootable USB/ DVD or you have the upgrade disk, you can do a clean install then run the upgrade disk again to upgrade your clean install, that will allow you to activate your Win8 upgrade Key(as an upgrade key wouldn't activate on a clean install).

I Secure Erased my SSD where my Windows 7 installation was on, clean installed 8 with my upgrade disk, couldn't activate the upgrade key on the clean install so I just booted from the upgrade disk again and this time chose Upgrade , they activated my key this time around.
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There is no "clean" way to do this. Windows 8 is going to see the Windows 7 installation and attempt to upgrade it. You can't dual-boot two versions of Windows on the same drive without splitting the disk partition.

Since you're going to have to reinstall all of your software anyway, here's how you can do it if you know a little about Linux:

- Boot a LiveCD or USB Linux distribution
- Mount your SSD
- Delete the /Windows, /Program Files, and /Program Files (x86) directories.
- Rename the /Users to /Users.old

Boot your Windows 2008 install CD, and it will no longer detect the existing Windows 7 installation, and should install cleanly. It will make new Program Files, Users, and Windows folders when it does the installation.

You might have some issues with activation if you're installing off a Windows 8 Pro upgrade DVD, but there are registry hacks around that to get it to activate as a fresh install vs. an upgrade.

Another option is to clone the existing Windows 7 C: drive to another disk, then reformat the SSD and install Windows 8 from scratch, then re-copy what you want off the HDD copy. That's how I'd do it, personally.

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