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Can I get Windows 8 for 39.99 without installing it

  1. #1


    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center

    Can I get Windows 8 for 39.99 without installing it


    Question:

    Maybe I'm missing something but can I not purchase 8 from here without installing it first?

    Buy Windows - Microsoft Windows

    I already have a copy that my school gave me, but I want another copy in case I decide to run it on two PC's.

    Anyway when I click buy it runs the upgrade assistant...

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    Then clicking next asks how I want to install

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    Anyway can I buy without installing. Thanks.

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  2. #2


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Drew,

    Sure you can. This is normal for it to run the "Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant" when you purchase Windows 8 online. It's gotta check to make sure that the OS you are running it in qualifies for the upgrade.

    Basically you will just stop at step 14 to order another product key without downloading again.

    Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run
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  3. #3


    UK
    Posts : 177
    Win 8


    Cant remember the exact wording but you can choose to install from an .iso
    It downloads a disc image .iso file that you can burn to a disk and install from that (or from the .iso) any time you like.
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  4. #4


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Question:

    Maybe I'm missing something but can I not purchase 8 from here without installing it first?
    Following up on what you and Brink have said, you might be interested in this link.
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  5. #5


    Arnhem, The Netherlands
    Posts : 1,412
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64 Media Center Edition


    steveb is right. It's the same way I installed Win8. Choose to download the .iso and burn it. That way you have a backup disc in case you need it.

    Don't forget to write down the activation key
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  6. #6


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Yeah thanks guys. I'm just interested in buying it. I don't want to install it now. Besides I've already got a copy running on WMWare Player.

    Anyway thanks.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Drew,

    Doing what I posted above will let you buy a Windows 8 product key without installing or downloading Windows 8.
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  8. #8


    USA
    Posts : 689
    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks Shawn, that's what I needed to know
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  9. #9


    Posts : 22,581
    64-bit Windows 10


    Anytime mate.
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  10. #10


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    Quote Originally Posted by sygnus21 View Post
    Thanks Shawn, that's what I needed to know
    You may want to check out post #4.
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