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Windows 8 Pro Upgrade ONLINE vs DVD version and Language!

  1. #1


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    win 7

    Windows 8 Pro Upgrade ONLINE vs DVD version and Language!


    Hi all,

    I have an account at a local computer shop that has windows 8 pro 64 bit upgrade DVD version for 60E. Since I have some money left on that account, i was thinking of buying the retail DVD of windows 8 pro upgrade instead of using the online procedure with the 40$.

    My concern is the following:
    The Retail Upgrade Windows 8 PRO UPGRADE DVD package is in my local language version and not the English language version I would prefer. Its NOT the version 3UR-00022 (ref. to English)

    So, the question is... Can I use the product key number found inside the non-English version DVD box of Windows 8 upgrade pro, to download and activate the english version of windows 8 pro uprgrade OR each key is also related to the default language to be initially installed in my system?

    Looking forward to your help...

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  2. #2


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Once Win8 is installed, you can install any of the language packs, and works in whichever language you like.
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  3. #3


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    English may even be an option during the installation.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 7
    win 7


    Thanks guys...
    I am aware of the language packs but still, i hate installing several useless dlls of other languages. I like my system as clean as possible

    Even Microsoft recommends to install an upgrade of the same language during the upgrade process and then change. So, imagine the mess that will be caused by installing a non-english upgrade on top of english win 7 and then revert back to english...

    Thats why i intend to use the english win 8 pro upgrade iso file of a friend with my non-english upgrade product key, and i was wondering if this can actually be done without conflict?!
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  5. #5


    Posts : 14
    windows 8 pro mce


    Quote Originally Posted by ElGreco View Post
    Thanks guys...
    I am aware of the language packs but still, i hate installing several useless dlls of other languages. I like my system as clean as possible

    Even Microsoft recommends to install an upgrade of the same language during the upgrade process and then change. So, imagine the mess that will be caused by installing a non-english upgrade on top of english win 7 and then revert back to english...

    Thats why i intend to use the english win 8 pro upgrade iso file of a friend with my non-english upgrade product key, and i was wondering if this can actually be done without conflict?!
    I believe that you can use that key on dvd box to install that online upgrade offer, so if your windows is english version the just use that key and download English version.
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  6. #6


    West Auckland
    Posts : 107
    Windows 8 Pro Pack x64


    Why not upgrade on line and create installation media during the process?

    The DVD you will end up burning is just the same as the one in the nice shiny retail box that costs far too much to produce and stock.

    It's a win-win, no?

    Hint:
    Have it make an ISO which you then burn, then you can make more if the disk gets damaged.
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  7. #7


    Posts : 7
    win 7


    Quote Originally Posted by JohnOfE View Post
    Why not upgrade on line and create installation media during the process?

    The DVD you will end up burning is just the same as the one in the nice shiny retail box that costs far too much to produce and stock.

    It's a win-win, no?

    Hint:
    Have it make an ISO which you then burn, then you can make more if the disk gets damaged.
    Because i have some "useless" credit (small amount of money) left at that shop, i prefer to use instead of buying the cheaper online version.
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    Posts : 11
    Windows XP, Vista, 7


    On previous versions of Windows such as Vista and 7, the retail install disk is different than the ISO downloaded. In some cases, the retail disk was needed for repairs. I have not read anything similar for Windows 8.
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  9. #9


    North Wales
    Posts : 449
    Win7 64-bit and Win8 32-bit in VM (+ others in VM)


    Incorrect - ONLY in XP was the OEM dsk different to the Retail disk, and neither could be legally downloaded, since MS never put publicly-accessible uploads up.
    In both Vista and Win7, the MS download will happily activate with either an OEM COA Key, or a retail or retail Upgrade Key, under the right conditions.
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  10. #10


    Germany/Florida
    Posts : 4,514
    Vista and Win7


    Quote Originally Posted by ElGreco View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by JohnOfE View Post
    Why not upgrade on line and create installation media during the process?

    The DVD you will end up burning is just the same as the one in the nice shiny retail box that costs far too much to produce and stock.

    It's a win-win, no?

    Hint:
    Have it make an ISO which you then burn, then you can make more if the disk gets damaged.
    Because i have some "useless" credit (small amount of money) left at that shop, i prefer to use instead of buying the cheaper online version.
    But why waste money. Buy a USB stick or a disk from that shop instead.
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