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Hi everyone, I'm planning to build a gaming pc soon. I want to have windows 8.1 on it due to it having much quicker boot times (I'm not getting and SSD so this is beneficial) and overall slightly better performance. I currently have an old PC that is running Ubuntu, but it still has it's windows XP OEM COA on it with the key, however I do not have a windows XP disc for this system. I want to buy the Windows 8.1 Pro Student Upgrade edition because it is very cheap and I'm eligible to take up the offer so I can save a lot of money and get the pro version of windows 8.1. Is there a way for me to use the COA on my new PC and then upgrade from that to windows 8.1? Any help is appreciated, thanks biggrin.gif
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Hi everyone, I'm planning to build a gaming pc soon. I want to have windows 8.1 on it due to it having much quicker boot times (I'm not getting and SSD so this is beneficial) and overall slightly better performance. I currently have an old PC that is running Ubuntu, but it still has it's windows XP OEM COA on it with the key, however I do not have a windows XP disc for this system. I want to buy the Windows 8.1 Pro Student Upgrade edition because it is very cheap and I'm eligible to take up the offer so I can save a lot of money and get the pro version of windows 8.1. Is there a way for me to use the COA on my new PC and then upgrade from that to windows 8.1? Any help is appreciated, thanks biggrin.gif

If you get a Windows 8 disk, just insert the disk while the computer is on and then shutdown. Turn it back on and boot to Windows 8 DVD by using the boot options of he BIOS and that should be it.

No need to use the Windows XP product key or hunt for a Windows XP installation disk.

If you don't get a Windows 8 disk with your purchase though, you'll need a computer running Windows Vista or higher in order to create an ISO and thus an installation DVD or USB installer. You'll also need this link: http://windows.microsoft.com/en-PH/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

Bear in mind if you prefer to install a 64-bit version of Windows 8, you must make sure that the Windows computer you're using to create the ISO is running a 64-bit version of Windows Vista or higher.

So did I just hear someone say that somebody in Microsoft needs to be wiped for the complicated way of installing Windows 8? tongue.gifbiggrin.gif
Edited by grss1982 - 11/20/13 at 6:47pm
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But the version I want is the upgrade version and my PC will come with a fresh and clean HDD that has nothing on it. Also the link you sent says that the PC must be running Win XP/7/Vista... any suggestions?
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On this website, it says that I can download an ISO image when I'm upgrading and then use the given product key after booting from that media. My question is that I have a Windows 7 laptop at home (NOT going to upgrade this). If I follow this process on that computer, get the ISO file, burn it to a disc and then insert that disc into a clean HDD with no OS on it, will I be able to perform a clean installation or will I have to somehow find a windows xp oem disc?
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But the version I want is the upgrade version and my PC will come with a fresh and clean HDD that has nothing on it. Also the link you sent says that the PC must be running Win XP/7/Vista... any suggestions?

That's why I suggested you use that link on ANOTHER computer that's running Windows Vista or higher. tongue.gif When you download that small program on another computer running Windows Vista or higher you will get the options to Install Now or Install Later. You choose the Install Later option and you'll be presented with the option to create an ISO or create a USB installer, IIRC.

EDIT: If you run the small file from my link on another Windows Vista computer or higher, you'll get the options show in your link ==> http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-81-tip-download-windows-81-iso-windows-8-product-key
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On this website, it says that I can download an ISO image when I'm upgrading and then use the given product key after booting from that media. My question is that I have a Windows 7 laptop at home (NOT going to upgrade this). If I follow this process on that computer, get the ISO file, burn it to a disc and then insert that disc into a clean HDD with no OS on it, will I be able to perform a clean installation or will I have to somehow find a windows xp oem disc?

If you can get the Windows 8.1 ISO and burn it to a disk, it should work fine without having to install Windows XP first.
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+rep thanks I didn't get what you were saying before. Cool this saved me 50 bucks biggrin.gif
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