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  Reply # 707000 26-Oct-2012 15:40 Send private message

Gilco2:
sidefx: Can the download upgrade version be used to do a clean reinstall from scratch (without needing to find my windows 7 dvd which is who knows where!) at some point in the future if needed?

If not, could I find my win7 dvds, do a reinstall of that, then upgrade it to get a "clean" win8 install?

If the answers to both of these are no, can either be done with the store bought upgrade version?
okay good news.  Bare hard drive install using download win 8 pro wont activate but I booted from the disk I had created again and did clean install and it automatically activated. So all good


So, Glico, can you confirm that you are able to download a complete Windows 8 Pro .iso using the 'NZ$49.99 Upgrade' route?
Cheers. :)

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  Reply # 707002 26-Oct-2012 15:42 Send private message

dontpanic42:
Gilco2:
sidefx: Can the download upgrade version be used to do a clean reinstall from scratch (without needing to find my windows 7 dvd which is who knows where!) at some point in the future if needed?

If not, could I find my win7 dvds, do a reinstall of that, then upgrade it to get a "clean" win8 install?

If the answers to both of these are no, can either be done with the store bought upgrade version?
okay good news.  Bare hard drive install using download win 8 pro wont activate but I booted from the disk I had created again and did clean install and it automatically activated. So all good


So, Glico, can you confirm that you are able to download a complete Windows 8 Pro .iso using the 'NZ$49.99 Upgrade' route?
Cheers. :)


I think it gives you the option to create a DVD. Not a fan of their installer system though. It crashed the first time I used it when I tried to pay. Why can't they just have a simple download site.

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  Reply # 707006 26-Oct-2012 15:54 Send private message

dontpanic42:
Gilco2:
sidefx: Can the download upgrade version be used to do a clean reinstall from scratch (without needing to find my windows 7 dvd which is who knows where!) at some point in the future if needed?

If not, could I find my win7 dvds, do a reinstall of that, then upgrade it to get a "clean" win8 install?

If the answers to both of these are no, can either be done with the store bought upgrade version?
okay good news.  Bare hard drive install using download win 8 pro wont activate but I booted from the disk I had created again and did clean install and it automatically activated. So all good


So, Glico, can you confirm that you are able to download a complete Windows 8 Pro .iso using the 'NZ$49.99 Upgrade' route?
Cheers. :)
It downloaded to the laptop I ordered through and once downloaded goes through gathering files. Then it gives option to install now, install later using downloaded files (to that effect)  and 3rd option save to iso for installing from disk later.  I chose iso and to dvd as didn't want to install on that laptop.  I installed on different laptop from that dvd.




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  Reply # 707011 26-Oct-2012 16:01 Send private message

not sure what I am doing wrong trying to get the media centre.  I am sure I am typing the letters in exactly as they show on the right but it wont accept them.   I hate that feature




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  Reply # 707018 26-Oct-2012 16:12 Send private message

You must have gotten the upgrade version hence clean instal won't work but if you upgrade ove the new instal it is deemed an upgrade

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  Reply # 707086 26-Oct-2012 18:05 Send private message

dontpanic42:
Behodar:
DoggNZ: Edit: Windows 8 Media Center pack for free

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/feature-packs

Did this work for anyone? I put in a request at about 11:00 and no email yet. Just me, or everyone?


Yip. Signed up for the free key just after midnight and received it at 3.30am.
It seems it might take a few hours to be sent to your email.


Still waiting for my email to arrive. :( Requested it around 1pm.

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  Reply # 707104 26-Oct-2012 18:25 Send private message

Does anyone know if you have a 32bit windows 7 install, whether that can be upgraded to windows 8 64 bit with this upgrade?

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  Reply # 707118 26-Oct-2012 18:56 Send private message

see page 11

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  Reply # 707156 26-Oct-2012 20:14 Send private message

mattwnz: 
Why can't they just have a simple download site.


Completely agree. Geez, the upgrade assistant really needs some way to see how the download is progressing other than just "Estimated time"....  Download size, current download rate, etc.  I get they probably want to avoid scaring non-geek types, but that user experience is dismal for anyone used to the details most browsers\download managers\torrent programs\games updaters\etc give you on download progress.  

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  Reply # 707163 26-Oct-2012 20:42 Send private message

I specifically asked if the boxed copy I was ordering would be able to be installed on my machine which doesn't have a previous version of Windows on it and was told "Yes you will be able to install it on your macbook as it’s a full version not an upgrade."

But when I try to active it I get this message...




... boo :(

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  Reply # 707165 26-Oct-2012 20:46 Send private message

sidefx:
mattwnz: 
Why can't they just have a simple download site.


Completely agree. Geez, the upgrade assistant really needs some way to see how the download is progressing other than just "Estimated time"....  Download size, current download rate, etc.  I get they probably want to avoid scaring non-geek types, but that user experience is dismal for anyone used to the details most browsers\download managers\torrent programs\games updaters\etc give you on download progress.  


When you save the ISO to your drive, your get presented with a file explorer, which woul dhav ebeen far easier to do if it was able to be specified right at the beginning of the download. I guess the only possitive is that you could pause it without the downloading stopping.

Like others I still haven't received my key for the WMC, and I have tried it twice. Guess they have a technical problem.

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  Reply # 707166 26-Oct-2012 20:46 Send private message

^ install windows 8 release preview and then do a clean install after :-)




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  Reply # 707220 26-Oct-2012 22:27 Send private message

Guys, with the 'clean' installs from the downloads, do you get the 64 bit version?

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  Reply # 707225 26-Oct-2012 22:50 Send private message

linw: Guys, with the 'clean' installs from the downloads, do you get the 64 bit version?
I was already running windows 7 64bit and the 3 downloads I did were all 64bit. They also are upgrades. But can do clean install.  If virgin hard drive install twice




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  Reply # 707228 26-Oct-2012 22:52 Send private message

this morning I couldnt buy Windows 8 online with Firefox and had to use Internet Explorer.  I dont know what changed but when I bought another tonight, I was using Firefox and all went well this time.




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