Originally Posted by syn17
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
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? Edited by grss1982 - 11/20/13 at 6:47pm