WELL, IT DOESN'T SAY IT'S FREE IF YOU USE IT WITH 8.0, just that you can use the media tool to make that change.
EDIT: the footnotes on the FAQ clarify you can't get it FREE unless 8.1, so yeah the tool will work, but you'd have to pay when installing. See its Footnote #4. Now, Win8.0 users have until January to convert to 8.1, and that's what I did the first time.
So now my original post below the ===== line, goes on hold. I don't know if I can stomach going through the process again right now. Have to think that over, k?
Okay, I'll play guinea pig. I got retail 8.0 and I got a new hard drive. And, I got that usb downloader. So I'll install 8.0 64-bit fresh on a new drive, activate it, then try the downloader. But it might take all day.. okay? It should warn me I have to pay for it if I try it using 8.0. I have an MSN account, but as 'brainout' so no wallet or charge card.
I shouldn't have any problems except with activating 8.0, since when I did it on my other retail, I ended up having to call MSFT for activation. So that cost me 3 hours. But maybe this one won't glitch like that.
Will do it to an 8 GB RAM Dell Latitude 6410. I forget what new internal drives I have around here, think I've got a spare Scorpio blue.
Wish me luck..
Edited by brainout, 29 July 2015 - 01:50 PM.