Can I Install Windows 8 On Another Computer?

[ad]Dear Computer Lady,

I have a Windows 7 home premium laptop and I gave it a check to see if it’s compatible with windows 8 and it is .

I have a Windows 8 desktop as well .

Can I burn on a dvd the windows 8 and use it on my laptop to upgrade so I don’t have to spend over 100.00 on a windows 8 dvd ?


Dear Lisa,

No, you can’t.

This won’t work for two reasons. You can’t take the files that are on your Windows 8 computer, transfer them to the old computer and be instantly running Windows 8. That is not the way things work. You would need to install Windows 8 from a Windows 8 DVD, or a download from Microsoft.

The second reason is that this is not legal. Like it or not, Windows 8 is over $100, and pirating a copy from another computer is stealing plain and simple.

Windows 7 is a great operating system, and unless you have a specific reason for upgrading to Windows 8, I would save my money and continue to run Windows 7 on the laptop.



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    • Rhino
    • July 6, 2014

    not to mention that if you did install on another machine it would fail at the validation stage when registering with Microsoft. It would show that it is an illegal copy on your current win7 machine… but, never fear as the original computer has the “legal” copy of the operating system.

    You should be able to get a legal, unused, copy of Windows 8 on ebay though…

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