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    Want to Download Upgrade Deal Without Installing


    Hi All:

    I've read the pertinent tutorials. I simply want to get a Win8 Pro product key and ISO (64-bit) without running the upgrade assistant and installing files on a computer suitable for use in obtaining the 64-bit version but upon which I probably will not want to install Win8.

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    If you do not want to run upgrade assistant, need to order the backup DVD's.
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    Thanks much; that's what it was looking like to me. And, .
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    Hello znod,

    You can run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to purchase and download Windows 8 Upgrade and product key without having to install the Windows 8 upgrade on the same computer, or leave any installation files on it.

    Here's how:

    1. Once you get to step 17 in the tutorial below, do step 19 to get the ISO file to use to install Windows 8 with later and where you like.

    2. Next, delete the hidden %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup and C:\ESD folders to get rid of the downloaded installation files.

    3. Next, delete the Install Windows shortcut on your desktop.



    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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    Thanks much Shawn. Yes, I figured out that I didn't have to install Win8, but I wasn't sure how to deal with the "hidden %UserProfile%\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup and C:\ESD folders to get rid of the downloaded installation files." I had hoped that I could just avoid installing them. But, deleting them should work fine. I hope more than one individual can be be awarded --not that you really need any.
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    You're most welcome znod. Glad we could help.
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    Finally got around to it. All worked just right. Burned ISO boots and all. Now, I just have to figure out what I want to do with the upgrade.
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    Great new znod. I hope the installation goes smoothly for you.
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    Thanks Shawn. I'm not sure any upgrade install I would do would be very serious. I wanted an upgrade ISO/Disc to experiment with. Well, I guess doing an upgrade for that reason would be sort of serious. Maybe seriously deranged?

    I am curious about one thing. I started up my Win8 32-bit installation (on a machine capable of 64 bit) with my 64-bit upgrade DVD. It looked like I could do all the repair jobs using the disc. I didn't try any though. What do you think? Not that it matters, but I did the 32-bit installation with a full install DVD.
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    The issue would come when you tried to do a startup repair, system restore, refresh, reset, or system image recovery with a 64-bit disc on a 32-bit installation.

    The disc really needs to be the same 32-bit or 64-bit as the installation.
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