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Do you have the application and you're wondering whether or not to install it? Or are you contemplating buying it at this point?

 

I don't have that version, or Windows 8, for that matter. And at this point, I can't recall hearing anyone here trying that combination to say if it does or does not work. Being Windows 7 compatible, I would have reasonable hopes that it would work, but I wouldn't tell you to buy it based on that.

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Given the nudge from Dave [above] I went and got a 64-bit Windows 8 machine and installed Easy CD & DVD Burning version 10.3.104 on it.

 

The install went well, with no hitches or complaints, and running my eye over it quickly, everything seems to be there, though I'll be going back for a closer look later.

 

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I'm actually having more trouble coming to grips with Windows 8 than I am making Easy CD & DVD Creator work.

 

I ran the LP and Tape Assistant with audio fed into the Mic socket [didn't know which was the Line socket on this machine] and it happily recorded the music I input. I chose to save the WAV and convert to MP3 rather than burn a CD just now, and that went off smoothly.

 

So YES, Illinois 59, after a quick test of this part of the software it does seem to work OK in Windows 8.

I'm snowed in at home for the moment, so I'll explore the suite a bit further after I've made and eaten dinner. Better than going outside in the cold. :)

 

Regards,

Brendon

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I would be curious as well...

 

I accidentally (grabbed wrong disc) installed the Easy VHS to DVD (201B) on Win8. It worked fine UNTIL I rebooted :huh:

(the EVD software is not the same as the Red Box)

 

Then it failed...

 

Of course the EVD 3 IS Win8 Certified and works well.

 

But the Red box is a mum issue, implying that if not on the list, it won't work ;)

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Thank you all for the input provided. I was hesitant to jump in and get the newer version until I had some information on it after dealing with a number of software issues when I had to replace an older XP computer with a new one with Windows 8. My main interest is putting music from my half-century old vinyl records into digital form so Brendon, thank you for the encouraging report. Thanks again, guys.

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My biggest problem yesterday was making Windows 8 recognize my LG GSA-H22N burner, despite the Windows 8 Compatibility site saying the burner was compatible. I finally had to tweak the Windows 8 Registry, and then we were off like a house on fire.

 

I've played with 10.3.104 for a couple of hours under Windows 8 [what an awful Operating System!] and it all seems to be working nicely.

I haven't touched BackOnTrack yet, because that takes more time than I had.

 

I will come back here and report if I find anything that W8 breaks, and I will try out BoT later. I'll keep this machine available in case anyone needs me to do more tests under Windows 8. I'm going to try out Drag to Disc under Win 8 too, 'Just Because'. :D

 

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Brendon

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Please let us know how you make out ;)

 

Well, Jim, the first attempt was a crash and burn. I bought the software at a chain office supply store and tried installing it when I got back home. All was well up to the point of entering the CD KEY number. The installation program kept telling me that the CD KEY number was invalid so I could go no further with the installation. I tried turning off the anti-virus software, getting out the magnifying glass to see the CD KEY number on the envelope tag better, etc., and still the CD KEY kept coming back as invalid. I gave up and took the software back to the store where I was given no hassle about bringing it back for a problem with the KEY number. The store exchanged it for another copy on the shelf.

 

The second try was flawless. No problem at all with the CD KEY number, no error messages, not one single problem from the time I put the CD in the drive until the program said the installation was complete. From the little I have done so far, all appears to work just fine.

 

I did note that the first CD and second CD had some differences with the packaging but if that indicates anything, I don't know.

 

Ron

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I did note that the first CD and second CD had some differences with the packaging but if that indicates anything, I don't know.

 

Hey Ron,

 

Can you tell us what the difference is, please?

 

There's something going on which hasn't filtered from Corel Marketing down to us, and it would be good to tie it down.

The Corel KnowledgeBase says this about Easy CD & DVD Burning:

 

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But that doesn't seem right. So far it's working fine for me.

 

I have heard of new packaging that suggests Win 8 compatibility for this software, but haven't seen a shot of any new packaging yet. If your second box says something different it would be great to see a scan of it. It would also be very helpful to know what the full version and build number is of the software that you have. [see Help >Abut this software]

 

Can you help us with your info, please?

 

Regards,

Brendon

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OK Brendon. The version I now have is 10.3.104 and the build is 101B04A, ECD. Only the CD was swapped at the store and I still retained the original box but as far as I can remember the box is still the same as it was for the Windows 7 only version except that the notation about Windows 8 compatibility was added. I was looking for a Windows 8 compatible version a while back but only came across a Windows 7 compatible version. The difference was the envelope that contained the CD. The second CD was in an envelope with the flap sealed down by a round adhesive patch while the first CD just had the flap folded over with no seal. Also, the adhesive tag on the second envelope had a much longer CD KEY number than the first and a little more information on it than the first.

 

It does seem odd that Corel doesn't update their website about the compatibility of this software. Like I said, I came across the Windows 7 compatible version a while back so I started looking into a Windows 8 version when I bought a new computer with Windows 8 back in April. Corel's website says there is no Windows 8 compatible version so I figured there was no Windows 8 compatible version.

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Excellent information, thanks. That's the same version and build I have. If it's convenient for you to post a scan I'd appreciate seeing the Windows 8 annotation so I can wave a jpg at people who need to see it.

 

With Corel the latest in a string of companies which have "acquired" the Roxio brand, I believe that most of the old Roxio personnel have gone in the downsizing which has followed each acquisition. :(

 

It's likely that 10.3.104 was just put in the "incompatible" basket until either someone had the time to test it, or the Company wanted to sell more copies, or both. Now the references on the website should be updated if they can spare the support guy for a few hours to do that.

 

The length of your first CD key is puzzling. Perhaps someone stuffed up in the production area and used a batch of the wrong stickers at one stage, since there have been a number of complaints about CD keys not working and being the wrong length. That would explain why your first one didn't work. The keys for both this version [10.3.104] and the older version [9.0.554] are 17 characters long.

 

Best regards,

Brendon

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Jim, I bought the software at an OfficeMax store. Their website says nothing about Windows 8 compatibility or much of anything else about the software. I went to OfficeMax because I checked websites of various stores and OfficeMax was the only one that indicated the software could be purchased in store instead of only online.

 

Ron

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Thanks Ron, that's 'just what the doctor ordered'. :)

 

A handy thing you did go to Office Max. Good to see they replaced the box without hassles.

A lot of suppliers refuse to honor their obligations when software is returned.

 

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Brendon

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Hi Ron,

 

I managed to get a version 14 and I've installed it in a clean XP and a clean Windows 8. It installed on each without problems.

 

It's a cut-down and restricted sub-set of Creator 2012, and it has MyDVD for creating Videos instead of MyDVD Express. I thought "Oh, good!" when I saw that, but my hopes were short-lived. It has been severely cut back. Below are the media formats MyDVD will accept. The top one is Creator 2012, and the bottom one Redbox 14.

 

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Many of the input types have been prohibited in this version. To save you having to compare, the missing media formats are

jps; mpo; MP4; m4v; divx; 3gp; dmsm; and pssd.

 

There are a few popular formats in there, so why prohibit them? It's not advertised that these formats have been removed from this product, so a customer who has bought the software will get an unpleasant surprise when (s)he tries to use it, likely once any window of opportunity to get as refund has expired. The DivX one is surprising, since Corel owns DivX through acquiring Rovi which acquired Sonic which acquired DivX.

 

So what is the surprised customer then to do? You can't buy upgrades for Easy CD and DVD Burning to get back the prohibited formats, and you can't just install codecs to get the missing capability because the formats are prohibited by the software, not just absent from it. It would seem that all you can do is buy the product again, only buying the full version this time. Then you uninstall Easy CD & DVD Burning and discard it, and install Creator 2012.

 

That way you've bought both Creator 2012, and a cut-down version of the same software, in order to handle popular formats that you weren't aware had been prohibited. Doesn't seem fair, somehow. :(

 

Oh, and I haven't worked right through the audio yet, but I can't get audio out of clips using the popular AC3 audio format, either.

 

Regards,

Brendon

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