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W8 Upgrade for GBP 14.99


SillBill
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Since I bought a new desktop in December with (my preferred OS) W7 preinstalled I took the option to register for the £14.99 upgrade to W8 particularly because it did not need to be installed on the new Comp. but could be installed on any computer with a legitimate copy of Windows. Now I read that it has to be downloaded to the machine on which you wish to run it but I don't really want to run it on either at present.

My question is, is this an ISO file download of 2GB which can be burned to a DVD for later installation or can it only be run and installed when downloaded?

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SillBill

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@ lotvic I was about to ask for the same info! although xox101 makes it clearer apart from what is Microsoft's USB DVD Download tool?!

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alanrwood

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Hi SillBill

Re your earlier post, Yes that is exactly what happened.

Hi lotvic

Just follow the instructions. Can't remember all the details as I did this the first week that Win 8 was released. Memory not so good in 8th decade.

I think that someone else made a detailed post some time back but it might have been on another forum as I was asking the same question.

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SillBill

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Found the Microsoft USB DVD Tool on the MS Store site but it appears to be for W7 only.

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SillBill

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Can't really see any reason to Upgrade after reading reviews, think I'll stick with W7!

Thanks for all replies!

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alanrwood

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Hi SillBill

That was what I decided for the moment but at £14.99 it seemed to be a worthwhile risk in investment just in case.

Alan

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SillBill

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I may regret passing on it IF I ever get a Touchscreen Monitor!

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Batch

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You can install on a machine other than the one you download it to. This is an upgrade install, so whatever machine it is installed on must have XP, Vista or 7 on it already. The machine it is downloaded must also have XP, Vista or 7 on it already.

After the download completes you are given 3 options:

  • Install now
  • Install by creating media
  • Install later from desktop

To create a DVD (or Flash drive) choose the 2nd option. The 1st option installs immediately. The 3rd option leaves the download on the machine with a link on the desktop to install later.

There also other tolls you can use to create a DVD, see: http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/forums/1/tech-helproom/4198545/missing-iso---usb-media-option-for-win8-download-on-xp-machine/

NOTE: If you download on a 32 bit machine you will only get 32 bit version. Likewise if you download on a 64 bit machine you will only get 64 bit version. If you want to have both versions you will need to order a physical DVD as part of the process (£8.99 + £3.49 P&P).

I think the general offer (available for any upgrade from XP, Vista or 7) at £24.99 is available until 31-Jan-13. I believe the reference to 28-Feb-13 in Jock1e's link above is indicating that the USD14.99 offer is available for recently purchased Win7 machines (in the US) at that price until 28-Feb-13. Personally I would do it all by 31-Jan-13 to avoid any ambiguity issues (at GBP14.99, if available to you).

I'm pretty certain you can install at any time in the future. I.e. you are not restricted as to when you install, only when you purchase the upgrade

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lotvic

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Batch, thanks for that, I'd been considering getting the general offer for future use but hadn't got round to deciding.

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SillBill

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Thanks, Batch, I'll have a think about it, I just don't believe I want to turn a 22" monitor into a Tablet look/and actalike.

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Batch

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SillBill I downloaded Win8 on the basis that I might use it on one of my XP based PCs (I have 3 and nothing else). I downloaded Win8 on my netbook, burned the ISO to DVD and installed on my desktop PC (on a cloned copy of the hard disk). I did not activate it and quickly reverted to XP on the main disk. I did not like what I saw and I have to say that when I get round to buying a new desktop PC I will go for Win7 Pro or Ultimate (which will also allow me to readily run older software in an XP environment). That will see me through to 2020. My other PCs may well move to Ubuntu.

XP SPECIAL NOTE: I did not make it clear in my earlier post in this thread that if you download on XP you do not get the option to burn to DVD or make a bootable flash drive. See the link in my earlier post (to another thread on this forum) that discusses workarounds for this.

Jock1e, I'm not to sure whether you are confusing "registration" (for the option of a further reduction in the price of a Win8 upgrade when a Win7 PC has been recently bought) with "activation". I have even checked with Ed Bott (a well known Windows guru of many years standing and author of many Windows manuals) and he has advised that there is no time limit for activation of the upgrade under these offers.

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