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I am building a 2nd PC and I have a copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade that I never got around to installing (I got it for $50 because of an academic deal). I already have Windows 7 Home Premium full version on my 1st PC. Can I put that on my new PC, not activate it, and then put Windows 8 Pro on top of that and then activate that?
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I am building a 2nd PC and I have a copy of Windows 8 Pro upgrade that I never got around to installing (I got it for $50 because of an academic deal). I already have Windows 7 Home Premium full version on my 1st PC. Can I put that on my new PC, not activate it, and then put Windows 8 Pro on top of that and then activate that?

Yes. Perform the following installation steps though.

1) Insert Windows 8 DVD.
2) Restart or shutdown computer.
3) Boot to Windows 8 installation disk via the Boot Options in the BIOS.
4) Proceed with the installation phase but when you get to a part on where to install Windows 8, DO NOT format or partition, just leave it as it is and click on Next.
5) Complete the installation and then activate after the final restart.
Edited by grss1982 - 11/17/13 at 9:20pm
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