Installing Win8 Upgrade Version Clean
So I picked up a new SSD for my Win8 install and found some useful tips I thought I'd share. I bought an upgrade disc for 30 bucks on black Friday, but you can still get them for pretty cheap. I really wanted a clean install though. Why start shoving XP onto my SSD just to never use it?
I got some good tips on the walk through here. The laptop I'm using had a defective optical drive so I created a Win8 Install USB flash drive that worked great.
Anyways, the key that I really wanted to share was about Microsoft's support. When I got all the way done with the install and into the OS the activation didn't work. It knew I only had an upgrade disc, not one licensed for a clean install.
I called Microsoft's support line fingers crossed, but expecting to have to start over and do the XP install first. Turns out they don't care. I told them my XP install wasn't stable (which was true) so I installed clean on a new drive. He walked me through a couple of steps to let him load an activation utility from his end onto my computer and I'm good to go.
One of the best little items to share though is that he didn't require I prove any of it. I didn't have to give him my XP serial to prove I had a legitimate copy (which I did).