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11-21-2012, 07:18 PM
I have Windows 7 on a magnetic disk. I added a solid state disk and installed Windows 8 Release Preview on that. Will I be able to upgrade to Windows 8 Pro on the SSD, or can I only upgrade my Windows 7 copy on the HDD? In other words, does having Windows 7 on one disk in my computer allow me to "upgrade" to Windows 8 Pro on another disk in the same computer?

I am not concerned about preserving my personal files, settings, etc. on the SDD. In fact, I would almost prefer that the installation of Windows 8 Pro to be a clean install.

11-21-2012, 10:30 PM
rplantz, welcome to the Forum!

If you still have 8 RP still installed, you don't have to give up anything. 8 Pro will install where RP is & you can have a dual boot, or whatever you have. No, don't give away your Windows 7 license if you don't have to. Just make sure to run the Upgrade Assistant from 8 RP, & not Windows 7.

This is the way that I upgraded my desktop, over RP. And will do my notebook the same way. At the beginning of the install, select "Keep Nothing".

But the key for success here, is after the Upgrade Assistant does it's thing, take the option to create media to clean install with. Upgrade installs are buggy, & is the cause of many recent threads. Clean Install over 8 RP with your bootable media. You can burn a DVD, or can install with a Flash drive (4GB minimum) via the Windows 7 USB DVD download tool.

If you want to move Windows 7 over to your SSD, you can do this prior to the install of 8 Pro, & move your current 8 RP install elsewhere. Wherever you want it.

Currently, I'm dual booting my desktop, Windows 7 Ultimate & Win 8 Pro (both 64 bit) on a 128GB Crucial M4 (see my specs below). And look at how much space I have.


I've yet to install a data drive, currently I'm using Flash drives to hold data, but look at all of the space that I have. Both installs are loaded with apps & Office 2010 Pro Plus. Win 7 is only using slightly 20GB, & 8 is using almost 22GB. That's 42GB out of a 128GB SSD (119GB usable), just one thirds the space.

I have a 500GB WD RE4 that I'm going to reinstall to the desktop for data. Being that I have an All-In-One type PC, I'm going to have to move my SSD where the DVD drive is (I have an adapter for this), & put the RE4 back where it was.

When I install 8 Pro to my notebook, it'll also be dual booting with 7 Pro, on an Intel 330 180GB SSD, which I installed last week.

Best of Luck,

11-22-2012, 07:12 AM
Thank you very much, Cat. I thought this would be the case, and I appreciate your confirming it for me.

I built my own machine. I currently triple-boot W8, W7, and Ubuntu. W7 and Ubuntu are on the HDD and W8 RP is on the SDD. I have installed several traditional applications (e.g., gnucash) under W8 on the SDD and they use the data files on the HDD (still under W7) just fine. My university provides faculty with inexpensive upgrade on media. They are currently negotiating a price, so I will wait a few weeks to see what they offer. My plan is to install W8 and Debian on the SDD and use the HDD for data for both OSs.

BTW, I've been in this business since 1961, so I've seen LOTS of user interfaces. I've even designed several. Despite all the negative reviews W8 is getting, the more I use it, the more I like it. It's not the breakthrough that the Mac was (my Mac Plus is stored in my closet), but I think it is a natural evolution. My first take was that they should have used the desktop mode on desktops and laptops, and used the "Modern" mode on tablets and phones. Then I realized that if I can switch between the two modes on different devices, I sure can switch between the two modes on the same hardware! The big help for me was learning a half dozen keystrokes to use in conjunction with the mouse.


11-22-2012, 07:22 PM
Glad to be of help, Bob! Being that you've been doing this since before I was born (I turned 50 yesterday), I'll direct you to the thread that I'll create when I install my RE4 back in.

I also run Ubuntu 12.04/Mint 13 when I can, I need that drive reinstalled at some point. Hopefully it'll be soon, just have a lot going on at this time. What I don't want to happen is for my SSD to become a cache for the Linux OS's installed on that RE4, & it becomes full. This happened with this very same SSD when it was installed in my notebook, I was running 8 RP from my stock HDD, the M4 SSD had a Data partition on it, it filled up to within 900MB of it's space.

There were only five folders on that partition, I moved them to a USB 3 Flash drive, quick formatted the Data partition, moved my folders back over, all was fine. Ended up putting 8 RP where my Data partition was, to continue to run the OS. I just don't understand why it done that, & I must know how to prevent it from happening again.

I also look forward to you contributing to the Forum when you have time. You have a lot of experience that many of our members/viewers can benefit from.