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Windows 8 for new build

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 64bit

    Windows 8 for new build


    I plan to build a pc and would like to use the full version of either 8 or 8Pro (not OEM or Builders) and does anyone have any idea what the cost for those will be or where I can find them?

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    Not sure where you are, but you probably could go this route: Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run. Choose the option of downloading the ISO--from which you can make an appropriate upgrade install DVD or flash drive. I am assuming that you will have a license from a qualifying upgradeable OS to sacrifice when you do your install. The qualifying OS does not actually have to be installed.

    When obtaining your ISO, you will have to download from a Windows machine having the same "bitness" as that you intend to use on the new build. Also, you will need to make sure that the download is going to be for Win8 Pro if that is what you end up wanting to install (recommended, for sure). You probably will have to use the refresh activation procedure described here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.

    Under the approach given in Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run, a hidden ESD folder can be found at C:\ESD on the computer used in downloading. I strongly suggest you store this folder off-computer for possible future use. And, I would do the same with the obtained ISO.

    You also should be able to obtain a "retail" upgrade DVD from a retail outlet. Personally, I would use the MS full install system builder software--installing under the personal-use license (I know you said no to this option).
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  3. #3


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Jackman,

    For a brand new system without a qualifying OS, you would need to purchase the OEM "System Builder" (Full) copy of Windows 8. It has a "personal use" license included that does allow you to transfer it to another computer in the future if you like just like the full retail versions of Windows 7.

    Windows 8 EULA

    Newegg.com - Software, Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  4. #4


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit


    Thanks, I will give this a look................



    Quote Originally Posted by znod View Post
    Not sure where you are, but you probably could go this route: Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run. Choose the option of downloading the ISO--from which you can make an appropriate upgrade install DVD or flash drive. I am assuming that you will have a license from a qualifying upgradeable OS to sacrifice when you do your install. The qualifying OS does not actually have to be installed.

    When obtaining your ISO, you will have to download from a Windows machine having the same "bitness" as that you intend to use on the new build. Also, you will need to make sure that the download is going to be for Win8 Pro if that is what you end up wanting to install (recommended, for sure). You probably will have to use the refresh activation procedure described here: Clean Install with Windows 8 Upgrade.

    Under the approach given in Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run, a hidden ESD folder can be found at C:\ESD on the computer used in downloading. I strongly suggest you store this folder off-computer for possible future use. And, I would do the same with the obtained ISO.

    You also should be able to obtain a "retail" upgrade DVD from a retail outlet. Personally, I would use the MS full install system builder software--installing under the personal-use license (I know you said no to this option).
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  5. #5


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


    If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
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  6. #6


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit


    Thanks....would you have any problems with the OEM license in case you would want to upgrade the motherboard in the future? I guess I have always been under the impression when you use the OEM version that you could not upgrade the mob with the same license.



    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Jackman,

    For a brand new system without a qualifying OS, you would need to purchase the OEM "System Builder" (Full) copy of Windows 8. It has a "personal use" license included that does allow you to transfer it to another computer in the future if you like just like the full retail versions of Windows 7.

    Windows 8 EULA

    Newegg.com - Software, Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  7. #7


    Posts : 68
    Windows 8 64bit


    Thanks!!!!!!!!!!!!




    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Upgrade to Windows 8 - Microsoft Windows

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    Purchasing a full version of Windows 8


    If you want to build your own PC and install Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro, or want an additional operating system running in either a local virtual machine or separate partition (including a Mac), you can purchase the Windows 8 or Windows 8 Pro System Builder products (OEM versions). If available in your country or region, Windows 8 and Windows 8 Pro System Builder products can be purchased at participating stores, you'll need to ask a sales rep for more info. This version doesn't include customer support.
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  8. #8


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    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by microsoft
    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new
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  9. #9


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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Jackman33 View Post
    Thanks....would you have any problems with the OEM license in case you would want to upgrade the motherboard in the future? I guess I have always been under the impression when you use the OEM version that you could not upgrade the mob with the same license.


    Quote Originally Posted by Brink View Post
    Hello Jackman,

    For a brand new system without a qualifying OS, you would need to purchase the OEM "System Builder" (Full) copy of Windows 8. It has a "personal use" license included that does allow you to transfer it to another computer in the future if you like just like the full retail versions of Windows 7.

    Windows 8 EULA

    Newegg.com - Software, Windows 8

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    https://www.eightforums.com/general-d...ws-8-eula.html

    Quote Originally Posted by microsoft
    Can I transfer the software to another computer or user? You may transfer the software to another computer that belongs to you. You may also transfer the software (together with the license) to a computer owned by someone else if a) you are the first licensed user of the software and b) the new user agrees to the terms of this agreement. To make that transfer, you must transfer the original media, the certificate of authenticity, the product key and the proof of purchase directly to that other person, without retaining any copies of the software. You may use the backup copy we allow you to make or the media that the software came on to transfer the software. Anytime you transfer the software to a new
    Jackman,

    You wouldn't have any issue with installing it on a new motherboard or computer. That would be considered transferring to a new computer.
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  10. #10


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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


    System-builder software under personal-use license--essentially, you can have one installation at a time on one owned computer---installation can be moved from owned computer to owned computer unlimited number of times and owned computer can be changed in anyway desired an unlimited number of times--license and software can be transferred to another
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