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    Buying Windows 8 Online


    I saw that Microsoft is selling a downloadable Windows 8 Upgrade online for 39.99 until the end of January. If you buy this version, do you get an .iso file that you can burn to DVD? I was hoping that if I purchased it this way I still could have a disk if I made one myself.

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    Saving an .iso from the download is an option, but it's not the default. I did it that way.

    In fact, you can download the upgrade on one machine, and install it on another. One problem is that the Upgrade Assistant only allows you to download the version that's at the same bit level (32 or 64) as the OS you run the Assistant from.
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    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run


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    I just upgraded a computer from Windows 7 to Windows 8 with a purchased CD costing $69.99. I researched doing it with another older computer and the $39.95 download. But, alas, all of my system requirements are adequate except RAM. I only have 893MB. W8 takes 1 GB for 32 bit and 2 GB for 64. Further the older computer is 32 bit so even if I had RAM I wouldn't want to go ahead.

    It appears that either .iso or 3 GB flash drive will work so I'm a bit curious which way is best.

    Too it appears a little bit fuzzy if the OS can actually be installed on a second computer from the download technically and from a licensing agreement compliance. The rule is supposed to be one purchase one computer. Second computer - buy again. What would the ramifications be with tech support ?

    MS is offering a download/ upgrade to W8 for $14.99 if a computer with Windows 7 was purchased after June 2012. Apparently they have it rigged so no-one can qualify with a computer purchased before June 2012.

    From what I have gleaned and been told the $39 download offer will expire end of January 2013 *( I thought I saw someplace December 2012 ). And the $69.99 disc sold in stores is a promo $130 off which will end March 2013. Then the price jumps to $199.

    I passed all of this info along to my family.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wetibbe View Post
    I just upgraded a computer from Windows 7 to Windows 8 with a purchased CD costing $69.99. I researched doing it with another older computer and the $39.95 download. But, alas, all of my system requirements are adequate except RAM. I only have 893MB. W8 takes 1 GB for 32 bit and 2 GB for 64. Further the older computer is 32 bit so even if I had RAM I wouldn't want to go ahead.

    It appears that either .iso or 3 GB flash drive will work so I'm a bit curious which way is best.

    Too it appears a little bit fuzzy if the OS can actually be installed on a second computer from the download technically and from a licensing agreement compliance. The rule is supposed to be one purchase one computer. Second computer - buy again. What would the ramifications be with tech support ?

    MS is offering a download/ upgrade to W8 for $14.99 if a computer with Windows 7 was purchased after June 2012. Apparently they have it rigged so no-one can qualify with a computer purchased before June 2012.

    From what I have gleaned and been told the $39 download offer will expire end of January 2013 *( I thought I saw someplace December 2012 ). And the $69.99 disc sold in stores is a promo $130 off which will end March 2013. Then the price jumps to $199.

    I passed all of this info along to my family.
    The .iso is of no use in itself. You have to write it to a DVD or a flash drive. I recommend the flash drive, as it's a lot faster in the install than a DVD. It may be possible to mount the .iso as a virtual device, but I believe that would require a dual boot system.

    The rule is one license, one computer. You don't have to install the upgrade on the PC that you download it on, but you can only legitimately activate it on only one PC.

    You can even use the $14.99 offer for a new PC to download and install it on a different PC. It's in the official FAQ for the upgrades.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post

    . It may be possible to mount the .iso as a virtual device, but I believe that would require a dual boot system.
    it will be possible if you do a network install. but it's far behind the topic here.
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