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    Install in 2012 or 2013?

    My standard practice over many iterations of windows is to wait a year after release, read the comments and then update - or in Vista's case, not update.

    However the Win 8 introductory price is attractive! So the question is, can I buy Win 8 post October and stash it away for a year, and then install and activate if all looks good? Or must it be activated before the Jan cut off?

    Unfortunately I do not have 'an old unused machine' to install it on pending transfer to production. The only 'semi production' machines I have max out at 1GB RAM and I have heard recommendations that this is unlikely to be sufficient in real life.

    Comments / suggestions?

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    The $39.99 upgrade is for a web install, but you can create a DVD once the download is completed. Since you can create a DVD I suppose you can simply install later, but I can't be sure about it. You can get the price until the 31st of January 2013, though.

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    I realise I can wait till Jan to buy - but I would prefer to wait till Oct 2013 - or so - to install / activate. The question really is what MS will do about activation at that time.

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    I think that as long as you have a valid license and the DVD with the software, or even the software stored in your computer (you don't need to install it immediately after download) you should be ok. I can't be certain, though. I guess when the sale starts, you can always ask Microsoft. I doubt anyone else can answer this.

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    What you buy online is an upgrade license. As long as you have a PC with a valid copy of Windows XP, Vista or 7, you can upgrade that PC anytime you want, whether you do it today, next year or 10 years from now.

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