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I downloaded a student version of Windows 8 Pro and currently have it as an ISO. It tells me that I have to put it in a dvd in order to be able to install it, but I don't have access to one. Would I be able to install and run Windows 8 using Virtual Clone Drive? Also, by doing this, would I be able to keep the files, apps and services like Windows 8 promises to do?

Keep in mind that I'm extremely un-techy and unfamiliar with computer programming and the like.

Thank you!

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marked as duplicate by Tanner Faulkner, Renan, terdon, Tog, Dave Feb 22 '13 at 11:45

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If you want to preserve your apps and whatnot, make sure you don't follow the WAIK method of installing and just mount it in Virtual Clone Drive. Also make sure you're upgrading and not installing fresh. I'm not sure if a different ISO file is provided for an upgrade. – Tanner Faulkner Feb 21 '13 at 23:23
This is the answer you want: – Tanner Faulkner Feb 21 '13 at 23:23

There is a much easier way to do this, you can install windows from USB drives.

That question has been asked and answered:

Install Windows 7 from USB flash drive

Even though this Q&A is for Win7, the process is the same.

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You will lose all your data if you do it this way. – Ryan E Feb 21 '13 at 23:28
yeah, but good decisions don't make good stories... – MDT Guy Feb 21 '13 at 23:32
I am all for clean installs, just thought the user should know. – Ryan E Feb 21 '13 at 23:48
The easy transfer tool can back up all his files. – MDT Guy Feb 22 '13 at 3:05

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