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possible to buy the upgrade version and install it on other computer?

  1. #11


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    Win 8.1 Px64


    I downloaded it this morning from Windows.com. Chose to save it to media (.iso) burned the .iso to DVD and at the end I got an error message "to contact my administrator" this is a 64 bit version and is not compatible with your computer, get the 32 bit version???? Words to that effect. This sure is a PITA, Thought???? that both would be there, 32 or 64 chosen during the install?

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  2. #12


    It's going to default to whichever architecture was on the computer you were upgrading from. Since you cannot change architecture with an upgrade,.they don't even seem to ask. Seems a bit odd to me...as I could see some ready for 64 bit now.
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  3. #13


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    Win 8.1 Px64


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    It's going to default to whichever architecture was on the computer you were upgrading from. Since you cannot change architecture with an upgrade,.they don't even seem to ask. Seems a bit odd to me...as I could see some ready for 64 bit now.
    It is WinXP Media if that has anything to do with it. Installed as a 32bit OS, thats what puzzles me. Trying a D/L at this minute, if it does not work again, guess will have to install it on my WIn 7 64 machine. I know there is an option to have a DVD sent to you via snail mail, would think that would have both 32 & 64??
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    Windows8


    How do I transfer two photos from windows8 PC to ipad
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    Windows 8 Professional


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  6. #16


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    Windows 8 Professional


    Quote Originally Posted by dproberts55 View Post
    I'm with Bill on this. I actually just installed on a new computer I built that had Windows 7 installed but no key (30 day grace period) and it installed without a hitch. I reformatted my HD as well. I just hope I don't start getting black screened and have to go back and install a previous valid version of windows, then reinstall windows 8. I just don't get it, technically my install isn't valid according to MS. It says right on the upgrade page, "To install Windows 8 Pro, customers must be running Windows XP SP3, Windows Vista, or Windows 7." I was expecting it to ask me for a valid Key from a previous version of windows, but it never did... When I go into system in Win 8 it says my version of windows is authentic.
    Glad to report that it works! Just like dproberts55 above me, I used a Win7 retail disc and did a clean reformat. I did not enter a serial number and left the OS on 30-day trial mode.
    I went to the Windows 8 upgrade page and downloaded the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant and made the purchase from there.
    My guess is that the Upgrade Assistant never checked for a product key!!
    This is great news especially since I've never owned a Windows OS (had a volume-licensed WinXP then a pirated Win7 in my teens). Feels good to finally have a legit OS for my homebrew.
    I was able to burn my DVD ISO and do a clean reformat using that Win8 disc.
    Thanks to dproberts55 for posting his results and making it known this is even possible.
    To Microsoft, thanks for letting the few of us that have been too broke to afford your excellent OS finally get on the bandwagon. Now that I have Win8 Pro, I won't mind shelling out another $40 for Win9 in a few years. Microsoft now has a new loyal customer..

    I almost forgot to mention, after I entered my payment information (credit card number, billing address) and clicked the "make purchase" button (or whatever it says), the Upgrade Assistant said that the purchase could not be completed. So I clicked "back" (you're never supposed to do this) and rechecked my payment information (card number, etc.). I clicked "make purchase" again and again it failed. I then used a completely different card and the purchase went through. I later checked my checking account via online banking and I had BEEN CHARGED THE FIRST TWO TIMES!! YES, THE FIRST TWO THAT HAD SUPPOSEDLY FAILED!
    I don't know if anyone else has experienced this or will experience it but those 3 charges, each for $39.99 work out to being just under the price for Windows 8 "System Builder" DVD on Newegg for $140!
    I called Microsoft and they politely informed me that I'll be given a refund (seriously, bless them, they're too good to us) but I wondered if this was Microsoft's way of getting close to fair market value for their new OS..
    I'm just happy I got Win8 Pro.
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