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Goodbye, Windows 7 Hello, Windows 8

  1. #11


    Posts : 49
    win 7, 8.1, Ubuntu


    I need some advice about upgrading to win8
    I currently have multiboot with win8 preview, win7HP, & Ubuntu. I want to keep using Win7 and Win8 on the same machine, can I download the win8 upgrade, install over win8 preview and keep win7?
    If that's not possible, I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1, can I use the DVD to use up 1 licence for upgrading to win8(using the dvd disc during the install without messing up my current installation of Win7) ?

    I see Win8 OEM full version 64 & OEM 64 Pro are selling at various venders on DVD. I've looked all around MS's website but I can't find a downloadable version. Is the full version downloadable? will it ever be? If it is downloadable does the DVD have some extras not in the download?
    I've read elsewhere here the OEM version is the way to go but that $40 price and the instant gratification of downloading look mighty tempting.

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  2. #12


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8/Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by corax View Post
    I need some advice about upgrading to win8
    I currently have multiboot with win8 preview, win7HP, & Ubuntu. I want to keep using Win7 and Win8 on the same machine, can I download the win8 upgrade, install over win8 preview and keep win7?
    If that's not possible, I have a 3 licence family pack of windows 7 of which I have used only 1, can I use the DVD to use up 1 licence for upgrading to win8(using the dvd disc during the install without messing up my current installation of Win7) ?

    I see Win8 OEM full version 64 & OEM 64 Pro are selling at various venders on DVD. I've looked all around MS's website but I can't find a downloadable version. Is the full version downloadable? will it ever be? If it is downloadable does the DVD have some extras not in the download?
    I've read elsewhere here the OEM version is the way to go but that $40 price and the instant gratification of downloading look mighty tempting.
    You should be able to install over windows 8 preview, however I don't think you will be able to keep any of your data :P Microsoft said they wouldn't allow you to "upgrade" any pre - release versions of windows...
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by Hamnat View Post
    Has anyone heard anything about when they send out the e-mails for the upgrade offer? I registered a couple months ago after I bought my new pc. I thought they were supposed to send the 14.99 offer on the day of release to download
    I was wondering the same thing, since I signed up a month ago as well..anyone in the same boat get their email yet?
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  4. #14


    Houston, Texas
    Posts : 21
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by wase4711 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hamnat View Post
    Has anyone heard anything about when they send out the e-mails for the upgrade offer? I registered a couple months ago after I bought my new pc. I thought they were supposed to send the 14.99 offer on the day of release to download
    I was wondering the same thing, since I signed up a month ago as well..anyone in the same boat get their email yet?
    I just registered again and immediately got the 14.99 discount. I guess there might be issues if you signed up too early.
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  5. #15


    Posts : 534
    Windows 7, Windows 8 RP


    Lol, so much for the news article.
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  6. #16


    Posts : 2
    win 7 pro - 64


    I just bought Win 8 Pro online ($39.99), downloaded the .iso and burned the image on DVD. I think I read that the product key given to me was good for "up to 5 installations..." Did I read that right, or is this a typical single-use installation?
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  7. #17


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Welcome to the world of 8 "A Guy." . . .
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  8. #18


    Quote Originally Posted by Deacon View Post
    I just bought Win 8 Pro online ($39.99), downloaded the .iso and burned the image on DVD. I think I read that the product key given to me was good for "up to 5 installations..." Did I read that right, or is this a typical single-use installation?
    i would like to know if i can use it on two laptops
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  9. #19


    USA, Idaho
    Posts : 1,062
    Win 8, (VM win7, XP, Vista)


    Quote Originally Posted by dragon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Deacon View Post
    I just bought Win 8 Pro online ($39.99), downloaded the .iso and burned the image on DVD. I think I read that the product key given to me was good for "up to 5 installations..." Did I read that right, or is this a typical single-use installation?
    i would like to know if i can use it on two laptops
    No.

    Once it has been activated on one it won't activate on the other.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 2
    win 7 pro - 64


    Quote Originally Posted by Lee View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by dragon View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Deacon View Post
    I just bought Win 8 Pro online ($39.99), downloaded the .iso and burned the image on DVD. I think I read that the product key given to me was good for "up to 5 installations..." Did I read that right, or is this a typical single-use installation?
    i would like to know if i can use it on two laptops
    No.

    Once it has been activated on one it won't activate on the other.
    [chuckle] I thought it was too good to be true! At least I won't waste the time trying... Maybe M$oft will eventually release a "family pack" similar to the Win7 offer. I have five computers between home and my office, and shudder at the cost of upgrading all of them.
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