VMWare + Windows 8 Upgrade

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by taylord22, Jan 23, 2013.

  1. taylord22 macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2012

    I think I got overzealous and god myself stuck in a corner. I had been squeezing the last driblets of life out of an old Dell Inspiron laptop (most of my work was done on my iMac at work, or my iPad at home...it can be done).

    Anyway, I bought the latest version of VMWare with the hopes of running Windows 8 in it. Only after purchasing the $50 Win 8 upgrade did I realize my mistake.

    At this point, I'm looking for any solution that fits what I have, or routes I can take to get a cheap Windows install disk. Any help would be greatly appreciated...most of my wife's workflow revolves around applications that only work in Windows...
  2. Quad5Ny macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2009
    New York, USA
    I don't personally have any experience with Windows 8 but apparently you can activate the Upgrade copy the same way you do with Windows 7.

    Here's a tutorial - http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13375-clean-install-windows-8-upgrade.html

    The attached batch (.bat) file in that tutorial just changes "MediaBootInstall" to "0" and then runs "slmgr /rearm". This is the exact same method used for activating a Windows 7 Upgrade Clean Install.

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