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I'm running the Windows 8 update wizard to upgrade Windows 7 to Windows 8. There is an option to also purchase the Windows 8 backup DVD. What I need to do is to install Windows 8 from scratch, partitioning the filesystem again. I used to do this using the CD of Windows XP, but now I don't know if I have to purchase the DVD of Windows 8 for this task.

So my questions are:

  • Should I need to purchase the backup DVD?
  • Will I be able to burn a DVD of Windows 8 if I don't buy it?
  • Will I be able to partition my disk and install Windows 8 from scratch without a DVD of Windows 8?
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Pretty sure you don't need a CD anymore with Windows 8 (for most circumstances) - the is an option in System Settings to revert the machine back to its original state. – cutrightjm Dec 6 '12 at 20:13
Why would you purchase it when you can download and make one yourself for free? You cannot install Windows 8 without an existing copy unless you have a System Builder license. So no matter what you will have to install a legit installation of a previous installation of windows. – Ramhound Dec 6 '12 at 20:40
Does it mean that I can't repartition my filesystem as I want? I can't even install ubuntu because it does not recognize actual partitions... I guess that the System Builder license is more expensive, isnt it? – osal Dec 6 '12 at 20:48
The Update Assistant will allow you to create a Win8 Setup DVD/USB, which you can use to boot from and repartition/reformat, as long as you have a valid qualifying version of Windows (i.e. XP+) installed on the system. – Karan Dec 9 '12 at 23:24

Im pretty sure the disk you are talking about is for recovery purposes. If you want to insure your computer against a hard drive crash i would say get the disk. I know that as a pc tech it makes it alot easier on us to get your new hard drive running if you have your own disks

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