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  Reply # 301917 24-Feb-2010 20:55
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CuriousGeorge:
k14: Yeah was going to give that a go. Pretty happy with the purchase, upgraded from the RC last night and it worked flawlessly. Was expecting to have to reinstall XP but not required :)


Just to clarify here - you installed one of the 3 pack from DSE over the RC version without any problems?
I'm about to do the same thing, but don't want to get the 3 pack version if you NEED to have an XP key.
* I see this has been alluded to, but I'm still shy of spending $300 smackers on something DSE staff told me wouldn't work. I know not all DSE staff are not created equal, but most I've come across are pretty good *


I got the same pack from the states back in November last year, you definitely do not need XP to install it. The disc just works as a clean install




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Damn it.. might just have to go buy it tommorw. Is there a microsoft site to check compatibility for windows 7?


edit: found it! http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=1B544E90-7659-4BD9-9E51-2497C146AF15&displaylang=en




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  Reply # 304707 5-Mar-2010 11:04

k14:
CuriousGeorge:
k14: Yeah was going to give that a go. Pretty happy with the purchase, upgraded from the RC last night and it worked flawlessly. Was expecting to have to reinstall XP but not required :)


Just to clarify here - you installed one of the 3 pack from DSE over the RC version without any problems?
I'm about to do the same thing, but don't want to get the 3 pack version if you NEED to have an XP key.
* I see this has been alluded to, but I'm still shy of spending $300 smackers on something DSE staff told me wouldn't work. I know not all DSE staff are not created equal, but most I've come across are pretty good *

Yes, did exactly that, I have been running the RC on my laptop since i got a new hd about 6 months ago. I have the old hd still with xp and a key for it so wasn't too worried if I had to reinstall xp, would have just been a pain. I have heard mixed reports with some people having success and some not, guess you will just have to take the plunge.


FWIW, the upgrade didn't work for me. I was running the RC of win7, and it wouldn't recognise the new install.
Got around it with the double-install trick, but.... meh.

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  Reply # 304710 5-Mar-2010 11:08

As a side thought, does anybody know if there is a time limit to activation for this 3 pack?
If I used two now, and upgraded another in 6 months time, = no problem?
I can't imagine it 'expiring' like anti-virus software does, but still; any cavets?

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  Reply # 304726 5-Mar-2010 12:19
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CuriousGeorge: As a side thought, does anybody know if there is a time limit to activation for this 3 pack?
If I used two now, and upgraded another in 6 months time, = no problem?
I can't imagine it 'expiring' like anti-virus software does, but still; any cavets?


No you should be quite safe leaving copies unactivated for as long as you want. We have activated copies of XP for the first time 4+ years after they were purchased.







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