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    Default Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    I was given a ZOTAC AD02 mini-pc.. with No OS. I cant find my old win7 disk and I am using my only win8 copy... Sooo I know people hate windows 8!
    Anyone have a Key lying around this guy would be super happy to take it off your hands!

    I am installing ubuntu right now, but reading that it cant do sites that use silverlight... well thats the reason I want to use this PC - to stream HBO GO and NETFLIX to the tv! (not to mention I have not a clue about linux lol)

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    Default Re: Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    Sorry buddy no extra keys. Might look into alternative means to obtain one.

    I started using the LIVA X for media streaming. Last night I steamed the Interview. I forgot I was using a mini PC for a bit. Thing worked perfectly. I did have issues with Amazon and Silverlight. Silverlight and Netflix is not a problem. Just Amazon Prime video streaming. HDCP errors. Had to switch Amazon settings to use flash instead of silverlight
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    Default Re: Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyberburnout View Post
    Had to switch Amazon settings to use flash instead of silverlight
    Gack...that's like kicking one burglar out of your house to let a different one in! Both Flash and Sliverlight are horrible. We so need to get rid of this plug-in dependent video architecture! HTML5 can't take over quick enough for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gu3 View Post
    Gack...that's like kicking one burglar out of your house to let a different one in! Both Flash and Sliverlight are horrible. We so need to get rid of this plug-in dependent video architecture! HTML5 can't take over quick enough for me.

    Scott

    I am with you on that. Flash is just aweful now. It is slowing do my entire machine when ever I watch a simple video. Browser crashing and hanging..It is just a hot mess.
    Silverlight is a lot better but still a pain at times. Like right now, where I can't even use it to watch Amazon prime on this one PC. Works fine on all the rest of my devices. WTH!

    I was sure HTML5 was going to be rolled out across the internet quickly since it is universal and let resource intensive. Boy was I wrong. The few HTML5 sites I have seen are absolutely beautiful and allows for some of the most creative visions to be made a reality. Check out these sites to see what I mean. Amazing stuff. Everyone else needs to get on the damn ball.

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    Default Re: Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    yeah, i tried and tried to like Ubuntu.. and.. it looks nice.. thats it.
    I couldnt get HBO GO or NETFLIX to work properly... so back to trying to find win 8.1 Someone told me about a reddit group for msoftware, but it just seems incredibly shady

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    Default Re: Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    Use the Windows 10 preview until you find what you want. It's free and it works.

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    Default Re: Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    Quote Originally Posted by realneil View Post
    Use the Windows 10 preview until you find what you want. It's free and it works.
    Im with you on that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StaticFX View Post
    yeah, i tried and tried to like Ubuntu.. and.. it looks nice.. thats it.
    Linux Mint with either Cinnamon or Mate is more "Windows like" than Ubuntu. If you get the latest version (17.1), it is build on the Ubuntu LTS, so would be great for a stable box for a long time. I can't speak for HBOGo or Netflix, as I don't run them from anything but my stack of Roku's, but this article should work for Ubuntu or Mint: How to Install the Netflix Streaming Client On Linux | Linux.com

    I've been running Mint for about 6 months now, and can't imagine stepping back to Win7 or Win8.1. Although, gaming is a serious problem, in that I simply can't really do any on this machine (Civ5 is about it), unless I run it in WINE or a Virtualbox. I'm thinking about building a mini-ITX gaming machine to hide under the desk and only turn on when I want to Game. But, the truth is, I don't game enough to bother...lol

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    Default Re: Anyone have a windows 8/8.1 Key they dont want?

    Win10.. hmmm not a bad idea, although im not sure the box can handle it. Cant hurt to try. Will check out mint too

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    If Win-8 will run on it, Win-10 will,...............

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    So how did it go? We're tired of holding our breath.

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