I had no problems at all with this deal, but I also installed it over a working OS. The deal was very specific about it being an upgrade only without a physical disc shipped to you. I downloaded it at work (1.4Mbps on our fat pipe), extracted the files to a USB stick, and once I got home I double-clicked Setup.exe to get started.
I was able to do a semi-clean install, moving all my stuff to a Windows.old folder to blow away later, so you aren't forced to do an in-place upgrade with all the potential problems that brings. My Win7 beta was running really slow so I ended up doing a clean XP install first with a re-format then immediately installing Windows7 over the top of that.
If you absolutely must have a bootable DVD to use, you can either download the Windows Automated Install Kit to make your own custom DVD or you can follow the shortcut directions at this link:
I had problems yesterday because they don't let you download an iso. I couldn't do a straight upgrade because I was moving form Vista(32) to Win7(64) so I needed to to a clean install which the downloaded file did not support. After following the instructions it extracted into a folder which I then tried to burn to a DVD. This doesnt work for trying to make a bootable disc even though it has boot folders and files.
To fix this I went to http://www.mydigitallife.info/2009/10/23/how-to-create-and-make-bootable-windows-7-iso-from-exe-plus-setup1-box-and-setup2-box-files/ and followed the instructions to use the command promt to convert the files into an iso that would produce a bootable DVD.
They made it a pain when they could have made it easy by providing an iso from the start. I wasted time doing unnecessary problem solving before I came to this fix. I could have just spent the extra $13 and waited for a physical copy, but then again I thought I was getting an iso like the RC version of Win7.
The problem is people trying to open the file they downloaded on a 32 bit operating system. I have xp 32 trying to upgrade to windows 7 pro 64. Couldnt open it on my xp, but I had a RC windows 7 installed as well, so I just opened and installed from that. Worked just fine. You just have to have a 64 bit os to open the files from. Not saying that is acceptable, but I worked around it and have windows 7 goin now.
i got the deal and i am having trouble with it....but just so happens that i built a windows 7 retail 64 bit machine for family and so i took my digital river download and unpacked it on that other machine. go figure!
so if you know someone with 64 bit machine just take your download to them and unpack there...then you can ISO and install!
Uh oh, it's not a good sign seeing problems the day after launch. I'm sure a lot of casual computer users will always have problems with a new OS though, regardless of how good the software is; but I expect most of Tom's members will be able to work around this issue.
my wife downloaded and istalled 32 bit on a Accer AOA150 yesterday. She downloaded the installer to the netbook, did a fresh install from XP. It went smooth as silk, much to my amazement. I didn't think you could to a complete install on the same partition and drive. Blew me away.
I did the launch party so I got ultimate for free. My best friend did the $29 download and she is by no means a techie. Her only issue was trying to decide if she wanted to do an upgrade or clean install. of coarse I told her to do a clean and that was that.