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    Windows 8 upgrade

    This is not education related, but its windows 8 related so I'm hoping someone can help me out. Let me know if this is posted in the wrong place.

    Does the windows 8 upgrade disk allow a clean intall onto a machine that doesn't actually have windows on it?

    I'm not trying to cheat licensing, so let me explain.

    A year or so ago my sister in law started trying to save space on her Vista laptop by deleting files she did not think she needed. After deleting a few system files concerned with networking and the internet she managed to pretty much kill her machine and came to me for help. I had no idea what she had deleted and she seemed to have killed her restore partition somehow, so I asked her for the disks that came with the laptop so I could rebuild it. Unfortunately she decided she did not need any of the disks or paperwork that came with her laptop and had thrown them all away. I had a go at installing vista with a disk I borrowed from another school, but without the driver disk I had real trouble and even with a few hours of google-fu I was never able to make her network card and wireless work. In the short term I stuck an ubuntu build on for her to use but they did not get on. The laptop has sat in a cupboard for about a year now.

    Now windows 8 has come along and looks quite cheap I thought i may have another go at resurrecting this laptop. However, the £40 box set is listed as an upgrade. Strictly speaking her machine is liscenced for windows vista and so she is eligible for an upgrade to 8 but she does not actually have vista installed on it. Is it physically possible.

    If not does anyone have any suggestions?

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    Re: Windows 8 upgrade

    Unrelated i feel this is.

    I done a windows 7 laptop though an upgrade disc.

    Installed without key. Then run the upgrade with the key.

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    Windows 8 upgrade

    Cheers, that bodes well!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matus View Post
    Does the Windows 8 upgrade disc allow a clean install onto a machine that doesn't actually have Windows on it?
    It does, but you have to do a few more things once Windows has been installed in order to activate it successfully.






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