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Windows 8: The end of the full retail version?

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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM

    Quote Originally Posted by Phone Man View Post
    This is from MS blog.

    Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99

    After your download finishes, you can choose to proceed with the upgrade (“Install now”) or install later either from your desktop or by creating your own media. If you choose to create your own media, you will be able to create your own bootable USB or .ISO file which can be burned onto a DVD for upgrade and backup purposes. If you prefer, you also have the option of purchasing a backup DVD for $15 plus shipping and handling.
    Thank you Jim for that information via link. cheers Joaquin

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  2. #52

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    Windows 8 pro Retail

    Quote Originally Posted by rich4421972 View Post
    Image files have a way of getting around, and causing piracy, especially with keygens.
    ISO's causing piracy? I would counter that ISO's are not the criminals here.
    True, the ISOs aren't PEOPLE are. Real good proof of that is the now defunct Pirate Bay, You could get anything, and everything AS long as you shared your computer(s), Network, bandwidth, etc. with them.
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  3. #53

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    Windows 8 pre-release

    I feel that the Pirate Bay has real drawbacks for those hoping to steal a copy of a Microsoft product. Many of the "Windows activators" and keygens are quite buggy and easy to trace, not to mention difficult to use. So, in many cases, a hot copy of Windows Vista or Windows 7 will become non-functional after 30 days. Many Windows Activators are traceable by MS. IMHO, they are a greater hassle than they are worth.

    As a case in point, Corel (Wordperfect, Corel Draw, Corel Paint) of Toronto, Canada has very strong anti-piracy protections built into their programs. In order to steal software from Corel, the process of cracking one of the applications is arguably much harder than just spending a few bucks to buy a real copy.
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    Windows 8 pro Retail

    QUICK Everyone!! Jump rich4421972, HE'S using Word Perfect instead of doing the Microsoft Office 2013 beta test. <g>
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