I will shortly be acquiring a new PC with no OS and a upgrade version of 'Windows 8 Pro' separately(on media as opposed to a download)
I also have a spare copy of Windows XP Home, which I will effectively be upgrading from.
Will I first have to install the XP on the new PC and then install the upgrade (using the clean install options I have read about elsewhere), or does the upgrade offer the opportunity for installation on a clean HDD and then give me an option to enter proof that I have an XP licence, either by inserting a disk or entering the product key?
This is by no means a definitive answer, but what what I've experienced with upgrading a laptop from Vista to W7, the OLD OS has to be running to be able to either upgrade or clean install. May be the same for W8.
This is a good guide for a clean install, click here but you'll need the XP installed first. If you get problems installing XP then find a windows 7 iso (same bit version as your Win 8, and install that as a trial (no key) version first. Then do a clean install of 8.
Aquatarkus. All that looks pretty convincing to be, so I'll try that approach.
PS. I love the big red warning sign informing us that having bought 2 products, you are only entitled to the rights of one of them! I've no intention of using more than one, but I now feel well and truly 'put in my place'.
The above links procedures work very well, I have upgraded all 4 of my pc's and 3 laptops to win8 pro using these methods.
One thing I did forget once you have completed the procedures in the 2nd link you might have to activate manually, just follow the prompts.
Any problems just ask.
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