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  Reply # 706855 26-Oct-2012 12:47 Send private message

So did Windows 8 actually sell out?

Kind of a 'serious' question as some people I know who are not keen on downloading due to data caps

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  Reply # 706856 26-Oct-2012 12:47 Send private message

Chaitanya: 
Awaiting NZ releases ( availability and price)  of Lenovo Ideapad Yoga 13 Ultrabook and Surface with Win 8 Pro.


Might happen, Lenovo don't seem to be interested in bringing anything apart from the Think brand kit into NZ/AU.

We tend to be left out of all the "cool" Lenovo products here

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  Reply # 706857 26-Oct-2012 12:47 Send private message

Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/feature-packs

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  Reply # 706863 26-Oct-2012 12:50 Send private message

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.

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  Reply # 706876 26-Oct-2012 12:57 Send private message

OK, I'll wait patiently :)

(I don't even expect to use it but since it's not in MSDN I thought I'd grab it while I could, just in case...)

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  Reply # 706880 26-Oct-2012 13:02 Send private message

khull: So did Windows 8 actually sell out?

Kind of a 'serious' question as some people I know who are not keen on downloading due to data caps


the file size is 3GB. (apparently)

I would be surprised to learn that there is much overlap between the types of people who absolutely have to upgrade to win8 right now and people who have datacaps small enough to be worried about a measly 3GB download.


ETA:  also, the download version is $40 cheaper than the CD version.  I don;t think there are ANY ISPs left where the overage charge for a 3GB download is going to be anywhere near that price difference.

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  Reply # 706884 26-Oct-2012 13:08 Send private message

NonprayingMantis: it mentions about reinstalling all your apps ('apps' seems to be the new word for 'programs' - thanks a lot apple) which gives me the frights a little bit.

I've never upgraded my OS before, always just relying on device upgrade cycle to move to newer OS's so don't really know how it works

This is probably a dumb question but what does 'reinstall apps' mean for things like Steam.
I have dozens of GBs of steam games acquired over the years, with no CDs for most. Will I have to reinstall and redownload them all if I install windows 8?
What about things like Office 2007. I'm not even sure I have my CD for that anymore so will I lose it?
various other bits and pieces like VLC, iTunes etc etc. Will I need to make a giant list of every porgram I have and redonwload/reinstall them all?


I have just done the update via the download. It did a remarkable job of leaving all my progs and settings as they were.

The upgrade assistant analyses all your progs etc and gives you a list of possible problems so you will know what is likely to be problematic before you pay and start the download.

Wise to do a system image before then you have a fall back position. However, I was most impressed at how it all worked on my machine.



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  Reply # 706908 26-Oct-2012 13:36 Send private message

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?

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  Reply # 706949 26-Oct-2012 14:13 Send private message

vaiohk: Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/feature-packs


Do you need to have windows 8 installed to get it? I have got the win 8 software for $20 as per their upgrade but don't plan on installing it for some time.

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  Reply # 706952 26-Oct-2012 14:16 Send private message

mattwnz:
vaiohk: Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/feature-packs


Do you need to have windows 8 installed to get it? I have got the win 8 software for $20 as per their upgrade but don't plan on installing it for some time.


No, one MCE PKD per email address

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  Reply # 706954 26-Oct-2012 14:18 Send private message

mattwnz:
vaiohk: Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/feature-packs


Do you need to have windows 8 installed to get it? I have got the win 8 software for $20 as per their upgrade but don't plan on installing it for some time.


 

All you need is your emailCool

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  Reply # 706964 26-Oct-2012 14:42 Send private message

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?
I downloaded win 8 for $49-99 and wiped the drive and did clean install to try it. And no it wont activate.  Message comes up "This key didn't work"
  Havent tried installing on top of itself again to see if it works that way but at least now I know it wont work with a straight clean install




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  Reply # 706970 26-Oct-2012 14:50 Send private message

vaiohk: Add Windows Media Center to Windows 8 Pro
For a limited time, get Windows 8 Media Center Pack for free
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-NZ/windows-8/feature-packs


Old news...refer prevous page Wink

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  Reply # 706989 26-Oct-2012 15:26 Send private message

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




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  Reply # 706996 26-Oct-2012 15:38 Send private message

Gilco2: 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


Excellent!   wait... so a win 8 clean install won't activate but then a clean install over that will activate?

Really I would be happy if a win 8 install over a win 7 clean install works (for the future when I decide to blow everything away - I'm sure I can find my win 7 discs)  But if the above works even better!

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