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The upgrade adviser told me my computer was compatible. I bought the upgrade, downloaded and found out it wouldn't install. My computer is too old, missing some CPU feature (NX if my memory serves, possibly not). I am certain I don't have the feature - I checked, in every possible way. I'm fine with it - I figured I'll eventually buy a new computer. The thing is, now it seems I'll be penalized for Microsoft's misdiagnosis of my computer unless I rush to buy a new machine, and get it by the end of the month. My searches show it's impossible to get the upgrade otherwise. Please show me I'm wrong...?

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Have you tried signing up for the upgrade? When I signed up, it sent me a license key, which I could then use whenever I pleased. –  nhinkle Jan 3 '13 at 19:49
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The only thing you need is an email address. Of course you must ENABLE the license within a certain timeframe otherwise it expires. So getting all 5 free licenses now makes them useless if you do nothing with them. –  Ramhound Jan 3 '13 at 19:56
    
please clarify: 5 licenses? also, when is the expiration? –  MBJ Jan 5 '13 at 7:36
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