Windows 8 Install/upgrade question

Discussion in 'Installation, Setup and Upgrades' started by sethm1, Apr 2, 2014.

  1. sethm1

    sethm1

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    Current system is Win 7 Home premium (desktop - a key factor).
    I have a Win 8 full install disk (unopened) that I purchased years ago
    when Win 8 first came out.
    Now with a new update of Win 8 coming out in a few weeks (supposedly)
    and that is to be more friendly (also supposedly) than the current
    version of Win 8, I may NOW be considering making the jump from 7 to 8.

    I gather that even though the disc is old but never used I can go
    forward with the update/install?
    And that after I install that first version of 8, I would then install
    the newest upgrade (again when its available)?

    I actually had purchased two Win 8 disks from Micro Center when 8 first
    came out.
    I installed one of those discs on a desktop I rarely use (yes, it was
    more of a test run), but was not thrilled with Win 8, so did not install
    the 2nd disc on the desktop I use every day.

    I seem to recall a Win 8 update last year, that did not pop in the usual
    manner and that I had to hunt for it in the M/S store- will this be the
    same process when the this new update Is available in the coming weeks?
    Or too soon to know as officially not yet available?

    Finally (I hope) - Do I use the same M/S account name on this second
    desktop during the install process ? Keep in mind I do not want any of
    the documents, programs, etc from my downstairs machine on my upstairs
    (which is the daily machine) PC.

    Thx
     
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    I'll try to answer all your questions. If I have omitted a point or two, or if my answer need clarification, I am hoping the more experienced members will correct me.

    1.......Now with a new update of Win 8 coming out in a few weeks (supposedly)
    and that is to be more friendly (also supposedly) than the current version of Win 8, I may NOW be considering making the jump from 7 to 8.
    I think you meant the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1. If so please read on to #4 for clarification.

    2..........I have a Win 8 full install disk (unopened) that I purchased years ago
    when Win 8 first came out.
    "Full install disk" as in Full version, not an Upgrade version ?

    3.........I gather that even though the disc is old but never used I can go
    forward with the update/install?
    Yes. Definitely.

    4........And that after I install that first version of 8, I would then install the newest upgrade (again when its available)?
    Clarification needed:
    First you need to install Windows 8.
    Then install all the updates which are necessary. Windows 8.1 free upgrade is available in Windows Store BUT you won't find it unless you have installed all the Windows 8 updates.
    Once Windows 8.1 is installed you will receive Windows 8.1 Update 1 through your normal channel.......Windows Update. The same way you receive updates periodically.
    **** You can NOT have Win 8.1 Update 1 unless you have Win 8.1 already installed. ****
    The path ........ Win 8 > Win 8.1 > Win 8.1 Update 1.

    5.......I seem to recall a Win 8 update last year, that did not pop in the usual
    manner and that I had to hunt for it in the M/S store- will this be the
    same process when the this new update Is available in the coming weeks?
    Or too soon to know as officially not yet available?
    I don't have that misfortune of hunting for updates. I can't answer this one.

    6........ Do I use the same M/S account name on this second
    desktop during the install process ? Keep in mind I do not want any of
    the documents, programs, etc from my downstairs machine on my upstairs
    (which is the daily machine) PC.

    You will be given a choice of using a current MS account or a local account. See step #17 and #18 of the tutorial for the differentiation between the 2.

    Tutorial : How to Do a Clean Install of Windows 8 or Windows 8.1
    http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/2299-clean-install-windows-8-a.html
     
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    sethm1

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    Thanks for the reply.

    1. Yes - referring to the upcoming Windows 8.1 Update 1

    2. Hmmm good question - since I am going from 7 to 8 I was thinking upgrade.
    But guess I could use the Win 8 disk for an acutal (full) install.

    What was partially confusing to me is that when looking on line I see references to the word "Upgrade"
    Even the link you mention reads "...WWindows 8 upgrade media..."

    Though I was thinking of buying a new SSD (250GB - currently have a 120GB, though have about 40 avail, still thinking of getting a larger drive) - and then that would definately be a full install.

    6. Guessing # 18 the way to go as it reads :
    A local user account gives you access to only the PC it's on. You will need a separate user account created on each PC you use.
     
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    davidhk129

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    Might as well. You have paid for it already.

    By the way, in case you do not know. There are 2 Win 8 versions.
    One is just Win 8 and one is Win 8 Pro. Pro version is more expensive.
    If you have Win 8, you will upgrade to Win 8.1.
    IF you have Win 8 Pro, you will upgrade to Win 8.1 Pro.
    You don't get to choose. The system will know which version to upgrade to.
     
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    I seem to recall I did the Upgrade process on the first machine and it went smooth.

    Even though I back up all my docs onto a traditional hard drive, & use Acronis True image weekly, with all the programs I may consider the upgrade process. I know the the full install is best, but the time spent to reinstall programs and then update those... uggg.

    And yes aware of the 2 versions.

    Thanks
     
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