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downloading Windows 8 Pro Upgrade

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    downloading Windows 8 Pro Upgrade


    Hi. I was curious about the process. I have 2 computers. I want to purchase and download the $39.99 upgrade for Windows 8 Pro to my current computer desktop but I want to install it on another computer.

    Is there a problem with that? Or do I have to install it to the computer that downloads the media? My intent is to download it and then burn a DVD and then install on the other computer.

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    I downloaded Windows 8 upgrade on Windows 7 Ultimate (no-RAID), then used Upgrade to Windows 8 Pro for $39.99
    and prepared USB installation flash drive (It was created MediaMeta.xml activation file on this flash drive). Then made clean installation of Windows 8 on brand new PC (RAID0). I saw that widows 8 was not activated. After that I used "reset system" function.
    The "traces of old system" appeared. And Windows 8 was activated.
    So the activation was done automatically, no calls, no using previous Windows 7 key. Then you have just delete "windows.old" file.
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    thank you for the response. I'm not sure I'm understanding your answer correctly.

    So can I download it on one computer and not install it on the computer that's downloading it, but rather, I want to install it on a different computer. Is that okay? I don't want to install Windows 8 on the computer that will be making the purchase and downloading it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    thank you for the response. I'm not sure I'm understanding your answer correctly.

    So can I download it on one computer and not install it on the computer that's downloading it, but rather, I want to install it on a different computer. Is that okay? I don't want to install Windows 8 on the computer that will be making the purchase and downloading it.
    Yes, you can do that, you need to download the .iso image and burn a DVD.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    thank you for the response. I'm not sure I'm understanding your answer correctly.

    So can I download it on one computer and not install it on the computer that's downloading it, but rather, I want to install it on a different computer. Is that okay? I don't want to install Windows 8 on the computer that will be making the purchase and downloading it.
    Yes, after download Winows 8 upgrade you will have a choice between CD and USB installation media. After installation on a new PC restart, try to make upgrades (some of them will fail), restart, and after that use a system "refresh". You have to connect internet.
    Last edited by nikolator; 30 Oct 2012 at 21:17.
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    Windows 8 Pro W/ WMC


    Just make sure the computer you use runs the same bit OS as the system you will be installing it on. In other words if you use a x32 bit system to download with and create the ISO, you will get the 32 bit version. If you want the x64 bit version, make sure the system your using to download is x64 bit as well.
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