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paul1149

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Hi,

I had planned on upgrading one laptop to Win8 using the time-limited $40 offer, but now I'm instead selling that laptop.

Are there any time limits to when the $40 upgrade has to be installed? For if not, I would buy it now anyway and install it a bit later on another machine.

Thanks.
 

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cluberti

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No, the limitations are on the pricing (sales) of the upgrade. It's an upgrade license, and if it took you a year to use it, it'd still work as it was a legitimately purchased upgrade license.
 

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brummyfan

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Once you bought the licence, you can install any time you like because I haven't seen the time limits mentioned anywhere.
 

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TheGrantFitz

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No, the limitations are on the pricing (sales) of the upgrade. It's an upgrade license, and if it took you a year to use it, it'd still work as it was a legitimately purchased upgrade license.

Yes, Cluberti is right. :)
It acts as if it was a legitimate license any-time and I plan on buying quite a few for future reference. (Old fix-em-ups, test PC's, old laptops)
 

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Phone Man

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No, the limitations are on the pricing (sales) of the upgrade. It's an upgrade license, and if it took you a year to use it, it'd still work as it was a legitimately purchased upgrade license.

Yes, Cluberti is right. :)
It acts as if it was a legitimate license any-time and I plan on buying quite a few for future reference. (Old fix-em-ups, test PC's, old laptops)

FYI the $40 upgrade offer is limited to 5 copies.

Jim :cool:
 

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paul1149

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Ok, thanks for the great info, guys. Much appreciated. This looks like something worth buying a few of.
 

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paul1149

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Now that I see the process in action, I'm wondering how you guys will be buying promo licenses in advance. Are they not tied to the machine doing the downloading on Win8? Or is there a way to buy the licenses independent of the download, and use an ISO from an initial download?
 

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bobkn

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Now that I see the process in action, I'm wondering how you guys will be buying promo licenses in advance. Are they not tied to the machine doing the downloading on Win8? Or is there a way to buy the licenses independent of the download, and use an ISO from an initial download?

As far as I know, there's no way to buy the $40 promo copy other than through the Upgrade Assistant, the Upgrade Assistant requires a qualifying OS, and will only offer the version at the same bit depth as that OS. The upgrade can then be used on any qualifying PC; you don't need to use it on the PC you used to buy it.

Similarly, you can get the upgrade for $14.95 for a qualifying Win7 PC purchased after sometime in June (I don't recalll the date). You are not required to use the upgrade on that PC, though. It's legitimate to use it on a different PC.
 

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theog

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Similarly, you can get the upgrade for $14.95 for a qualifying Win7 PC purchased after sometime in June (I don't recalll the date). You are not required to use the upgrade on that PC, though. It's legitimate to use it on a different PC.

The upgrade for $14.95 is for the qualifying Win7 PC only.

You can make a ISO:
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/13200-windows-8-upgrade-iso-redownload.html
http://www.eightforums.com/tutorials/11885-windows-8-upgrade-assistant-download-run.html

When downloading the upgrade you need to

information   Information

If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.
 

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paul1149

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I see. You can use any machine as the launch vehicle for downloading the .iso, and take it from there. Thanks very much! Also, great job by Brink again.
 

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SIW2

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There is no iso file downloaded.

That is not correct.

The upgrade asst thing downloads the windows setup files.

Usually you will get the option to create an .iso from those downloaded files.

You don't actually d/l an .iso file.

Not unless you get technet/msdn one. That is different, btw. They contain a proper install.wim and are much more useful.

The windows setup files that the UG Asst downloads have an install.esd instead. It is heavily compressed, which makes the d/l smaller - but there is no way I have yet found to service it.

I don't know what the purchased boxed copy contains - I have asked a couple of posters who have bought them - but they obviously had no idea what I meant.
 

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SIW2

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Yes, that is exactly what I said.

It does not download an .iso

It downloads the setup files.

It then offers the option to either run setup, or (usually) to create an .iso from the setup files it has downloaded.

There is no .iso file downloaded.


That is a bit like saying a text file is a zip file. It isn't. You can rt click the text file and put it in zip - but the text file is not in itself a .zip file.


[ Interestingly, the install.esd is initially encrypted - it is decrypted in a temp folder, before being moved into the hidden ESD folder on the root of the drive. Unfortunately it is not unpacked , it remains as a .esd file. ]
 

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