How to clean install using a Windows 8 upgrade

bobbyz

Can I clean install using a Windows 8 upgrade? 

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jimlynch
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How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8 with an Upgrade Disc
http://lifehacker.com/5984278/how-to-do-a-clean-install-of-windows-8-wit...

"Sometimes, you just need to do a clean install. Unfortunately, the Windows 8 Upgrade doesn't always allow for that, throwing you an error when you try to activate after a clean install. Reader uncommoner shows us a workaround for this issue.

If you do a clean install using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, you should be fine—but if you've already formatted your drive or you're moving to a new drive, you can't do a "clean install" without installing an old version of Windows first. It'll let you install Windows 8 cleanly, but when you go to activate, you get an error 0x8007007B, saying your product key can only be used for upgrading."

jluppino
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Here you go, straight from the Microsoft Horse's mouth:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/clean-install

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