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I own windows 8. Will I get a free update?
post #52 of 84
Yes, 8.1 is a free update from 8
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Yes, 8.1 is a free update from 8
Thanks
post #54 of 84
I have Windows 8 Pro upgrade. Any know if I'll be able to do a clean install with my Windows 8 upgrade key? I don't want to install Windows 8 upgrade (then make it register as full) and then upgrade to 8.1. I just want to be able to install it clean straight to 8.1.
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I have Windows 8 Pro upgrade. Any know if I'll be able to do a clean install with my Windows 8 upgrade key? I don't want to install Windows 8 upgrade (then make it register as full) and then upgrade to 8.1. I just want to be able to install it clean straight to 8.1.

Yes you can do a clean install with a upgrade key, have done it for numerous clients no problem. You're just gonna have to do a bit of reg edit to get it to activate properly, follow the directions below and everything should work just fine:

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1. Once you have complete the install and had your activation attempt fail.
2. Click on Start -> All Programs -> Accessories -> right click on “Command Prompt” and select “Run as administrator”
3. At the command prompt type “Regedit” and press enter
4. In Reg edit navigate to “HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/Software/Microsoft/Windows/CurrentVersion/Setup/OOB”
5. Edit “MediaBootInstall” and set value to 0
6. Close Regedit
7. In the command Prompt window(should still be open) type “slmgr /rearm”
8. You should receive a success message asking you to restart
9. Restart, after you restart you should be able to use windows activation link
post #56 of 84
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Originally Posted by Pandora51 View Post

hm Im not familiar with dualboot. What is exactly the advantage? Using Windows 7 and still having the features from Windows 8?

I plan to use the Raid option in Windows 8 because the Intel solution just runs terrible on my PC. (40 mb/s readspeed).


With Dual Boot enabled, when you turn on the Computer it will give you a choice. Do you want to boot into Windows 7 or Windows 8. You can also make one of them the default. By moving you User folders and Program files to a 2nd Drive, and pointing both OS at them, it doesn't matter what OS you are logged into, your files will always show up.


With it setup like that there is no debate which is the better OS as you now have both. I like 7 but I can have 8 Pro for Hyper-V.

You can Dual boot different OS's as well. Like Linux and Windows. So when the Steam OS comes out you can have Windows and the Steam OS.
post #57 of 84
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With Dual Boot enabled, when you turn on the Computer it will give you a choice. Do you want to boot into Windows 7 or Windows 8. You can also make one of them the default. By moving you User folders and Program files to a 2nd Drive, and pointing both OS at them, it doesn't matter what OS you are logged into, your files will always show up.


With it setup like that there is no debate which is the better OS as you now have both. I like 7 but I can have 8 Pro for Hyper-V.

You can Dual boot different OS's as well. Like Linux and Windows. So when the Steam OS comes out you can have Windows and the Steam OS.

Thats nice. But still I propably want to use a software raid 1 with Windows 8 because it will work better as the Intel Raid 1. This will not work with dualboot (or do I miss something?)

But thanks for the idea rep+
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Is this only coming via the store and not Windows update? You can't really install anything from the store when using a local account...


Apparently they bent their own rules so that you can, at least according to a reply by Brandon LeBlanc here.

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you can use your local account on Windows 8 to update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store. You do not need a connected Microsoft account.

It's still a non logical idea to not put a global OS update on Windows Update which is where it should be, but on the store. They can argue that this is a new product instead of a glorified Service Pack, but whatever. Windows XP SP2 was in the same ballpark, and so was both Windows Vista SP2 and the Windows Vista Platform Update. Then again, they really want to shove the store into people's faces one way or another.
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post #59 of 84
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Yes you can do a clean install with a upgrade key, have done it for numerous clients no problem. You're just gonna have to do a bit of reg edit to get it to activate properly, follow the directions below and everything should work just fine:

Ok cool. It's the same steps I do to install Windows 8 Pro upgrade without having to install Windows 7 first.

So 8.1 will take my Windows 8 upgrade key then? If I do these same steps I can clean install it?

Thanks!
post #60 of 84
I don't see why not, I've used vanilla Windows 7 and Vista keys and used DVD's with service pack 1 (win 7) and service pack 2 (vista) flavors to install and haven't encountered any issues.
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