How to Clean Install Windows 8 Upgrade Retail Versions

Paul’s Hardware 0006 Here’s a tutorial that will show you how to do a clean installation & activation of Windows 8 using upgrade media. I also walk you through creating an oh-so-helpful Windows 8 USB installer. === Helpful Links === ISO Recorder Software by Alex Feinman Windows 7 USB/DVD download tool SevenForums – Clean Install with a Upgrade Windows 7 Version === Final Steps === Registry Key to Modify: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Setup\OOBE – change the MediaBootInstall value from 1 to 0 Open an elevated command prompt type “slmgr -rearm” press Enter Enjoy! Twitter: @paulhardware Music By Kevin Macleod –

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15 Responses to How to Clean Install Windows 8 Upgrade Retail Versions

  1. trevor pearson says:

    Im going to build a pc and i want to put windows 8 on it can i just buy a windows 8 oem or do i have to buy windows 7 and then install windows 8 upgrade

  2. trevor pearson says:

    Some one please responde to this

  3. CameronAJC says:

    Those words meant nothing to me…

  4. ZamZ897 says:

    I’m having problems when I check reg edit the value is already set at 0 and it doesn’t allow the OS to activate I really need help anyone please!

  5. Kohaza Jr says:

    Can i still do this if i don’t have the disk’s from the upgrade, please help!

  6. Kohaza Jr says:

    omg, this is perfect, i accidently bought the upgrade for my new computer, i installed it without any previous software, will this work if it’s a new computer?

  7. mlim23 says:

    Is that the NewEgg guy!!

  8. Micheal Somonie says:

    Hey guys, i finely found a working video for windows 8 pro download! link: /watch?v=XSy-FVYxkEk Enjoy!

  9. level5productions says:

    So,will this work on a hard drive with no OS on it? I am planning on getting windows 8 on my new pc that I am building in January

  10. Beau Mangodt says:

    Very good and informative video! It helped me out a bunch! THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!!!

  11. mlim23 says:

    Would this work on a new computer (newly built)? Download Windows 8 from different computer (off internet). Convert to ISO/USB then plug in to new computer (with nothing on it).?

  12. Geoxile says:

    Wait, so the upgrade version acts as a full copy?

  13. Luiz Carlos Rocha Dias Junior says:

    Just one thing: you don’t really need to do the registry hack in order to do a clean install if you’ve got Windows XP/Vista/7 installed on the same hard drive you’re installing Windows 8 to. Just follow the procedures in the video except for the registry hack. See that’s why Windows 8 setup requires you to enter a valid product key before it even starts installing. It detects your existing copy of Windows and activates Windows 8 automatically once it boots for the first time.

  14. BikerDPS says:

    Bid thanks Paul, I used Windows 8 Enterprise Edition 64bit (free developer download), and using the run Windows XP Mode to get upgrade. Paid £24.99 (about $40). Needed the registry edit to get the upgrade to work from the ISO. Also I find Classic Shell a must to make it work like XP / Windows 7 Start button. Top job mate, big thanks for the video.

  15. Illya B says:

    download and activate for free here: /watch?v=HAnVr9Sp6iU

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