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Does a full, retail license of Windows 8 exist? (Not OEM, not upgrade)

The official website of Windows says a price of $39.99 for online upgrade and a $69.99 for a DVD upgrade.

But I don't have any previous Windows installed. What option do I have?

Updated If I get an upgrade than how will I re-install it in future if I need to format my system. Install XP again and than upgrade? Or directly install Windows 8?

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marked as duplicate by Karan, Oliver Salzburg Oct 29 '12 at 18:41

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You need the older OS installed to activate. Get the System Builder version if you don't want to do so. – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 18:27

You can download a Windows 7 iso, and install it (without authentication). I think they allow you like 30 days? from there you can use the upgrade adviser to download/install Windows 8, I suggest either putting the media on a USB flash drive, or a DVD.

You can legitimately get the ISOs from here

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30 days in Win 7 (no similar grace period in Win8 though), plus multiple rearms up to 120 days total evaluation time I believe. – Karan Oct 29 '12 at 18:26
@Karan thank you for the clarification. – TheXed Oct 29 '12 at 18:27

If you don't have Windows pre-installed then you need to get the regular Windows 8 DVD.

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That must be region specific ? – M. Ahmad Zafar Oct 29 '12 at 18:21
It states right on the site "You can download an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for your PC running Windows 7, Windows Vista, or Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3) for an estimated retail price (ERP) of $39.99." Key work is "running". The installer looks for an installed version. – CharlieRB Oct 29 '12 at 18:28
No, DVD update also requires an already installed version of Windows. If there's no installed Windows version, it has nothing to Upgrade. – Alexey Ivanov Oct 29 '12 at 18:34
@AlexeyIvanov it doesn't need anything to upgrade, you can do a clean install with the upgrade media...the "hard part" if you will is getting the media... once you get the media you can put it anywhere you want (with or without) a previous install. Or at least that is how it has been in the past. – TheXed Oct 29 '12 at 18:42
No, you need to have an installed version on HDD before starting upgrade. You can reformat the drive after the installer validated the previous version of Windows. Clean Install Windows 8 with Upgrade Media explains it step by step. – Alexey Ivanov Oct 29 '12 at 18:48

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