I have a retail version of XP Pro and an upgrade version of Windows 8.0 Pro; both genuine versions bought from MS.
I have a new system and don't want the hassle of installing XP and then upgrading to Windows 8.0 so what is the current workaround that allows me to use my Windows 8.0 download media to install on a clean SSD in a new system?
Ideally I'd like to use Win 8.1 media which I don't have but I understand that even if I can get access to it my Win 8.0 key wouldn't work anyway for installation! Sure I can upgrade 8.0 to 8.1 for free but it's very time consuming.
So the second question is whether it is possible to use my Win8 key to do a fresh install with Win8.1 media and if so where can I find the media?
Asking to find the media might seem like a dumb question but I don’t use torrents and such like and you can download genuine Windows 7 ISOs from Digital River or at least you could.
I just want to install and use the software that I have bought without having to jump through too many time consuming hoops.