- 10-25-2012, 06:51 AM #1
So i'm utterly confused. I have Windows 7 running on my PC currently, it's not legitimate, however I'd like to buy Windows 8 and install it on my computer, however I don't have a clue what I should buy. Theres the Microsoft upgrade download edition which I'd love to buy, however I'm guessing I can't upgrade my version of Windows 7 as it doesn't have a valid key? Or does it not matter as long as I've bought Windows 8?
I've looked online for a version which will let me install Windows 8 out right without any upgrades however I can't find them anywhere, it's quite frustrating to be honest, could anyone advise me?
10-25-2012, 08:18 AM #3
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And I have no idea about which Windows 8 to upgrade with. I'm just buying a new computer that comes with it :-/.
- 10-25-2012, 09:30 AM #4
I got a Win 8 System builder off Amazon for $ 100...and Win 8 Pro with a $ 30 promotional discount from Amazon, I would suggest you look at them.
"Windows 8 System Builder is for pre-installation on a new personal computer or installation on a computer that is not currently running Windows 7, Vista, or XP. "
Hope this helps.
- 10-25-2012, 09:43 AM #5
A member of the family has a Windows 7 ultimate partner key which i've been able to get hold of luckily. So if my understanding is correct, I should be able to input that key into my current Windows 7 install which will make it legitimated, and then upgrade Windows 8 Pro over that? I must admit this has all been very badly explained by Microsoft.
10-25-2012, 09:51 AM #6
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I'm not sure if this will help with your invalid Windows 7, but here is clarification from Microsoft Store:
Windows 8 Pro
If your PC is running Windows 7 Home Basic or Home Premium, your files, programs and settings will easily transfer to Windows 8. If your PC is running Windows 7 Professional or Ultimate, Windows XP or Windows Vista, you will need to reinstall your programs. Some features such as touch may require a new PC.
Windows 8 Pro-Pack
If your PC is running Windows 8, you can get Windows 8 Pro Pack and enjoy all the features of Windows 8 Pro. If you purchase a new PC with Windows 8 preinstalled and you later upgrade that PC with Windows 8 Pro Pack, you will no longer be able to install apps that are provided exclusively from your PC manufacturer through the Windows Store.
10-25-2012, 10:31 AM #8
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Amazon.com: Windows 8 System Builder DVD 64-Bit: Software
This is the System Builder. This is how you install a fresh operating on a system that currently does not have an operating system. This is the non-upgrade version. I am confused because it does say "No Operating System" under the platform on Amazon so I don't know what that means but this is the only option for fresh/new installs.
Hope that helps.