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Discussion in 'TiVo Home Media Features & TiVoToGo' started by jdp, Jun 30, 2013.

  1. jdp

    jdp New Member

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    Was running Desktop Plus 2.8.3 on Windows 7. Hard drive failure. The only place I had the program files stored was the failed hard drive. I can find my key in my account but don't have the download files. Chat with TiVo online indicates that I have to buy a new copy for $16.99. Principle of the thing is just wrong. Any ideas on how to get the program files that I can activate with my paid key?
     
  2. Jul 1, 2013 #2 of 17
    SNJpage1

    SNJpage1 Active Member

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    Ive never had to buy another copy. I just download the free version and then unlock it to get the Plus.
     
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    Thos19

    Thos19 Member

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    ggieske,

    Is that the free version (that is no longer offered on tivo.com), or the plus version?
     
  5. Jul 1, 2013 #5 of 17
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    Unless they change something in the future there is only one version. The only difference for Plus is you get a key that when entered into the program unlocks the extra features. You use the same installer whether you want free or Plus.
     
  6. Jul 1, 2013 #6 of 17
    jhilla

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    So technically the download link is hidden, but still available. That is unless that address see's a peak in use and then Tivo hides the file again. Knowing them it will require some kind of password for approval to download shortly.:up:
     
  7. Jul 1, 2013 #7 of 17
    Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    They can't really do that. They have to have a way for paying customers to redownload the installer if they get a new PC, etc... Unless they do a whole log-in license system like Norton they'll have to have a public download link.

    The main reason they got rid of the free version is not to make more money but because Windows 8 does not include an MPEG-2 decoder by default. So people installing the free version were not guaranteed to be able to play .tivo files on their PC. The Plus version includes a MPEG-2 decoder so with it they can guarantee files will play. It's more of a support decision then anything else.
     
  8. Jul 2, 2013 #8 of 17
    ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    It's the same URL and the same free version it has always been. So far they have never actually removed any of the Desktop files and I can go back at least as far as 2.51.
     
  9. Jul 2, 2013 #9 of 17
    MrFSU

    MrFSU New Member

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    Is that 2.8.3 the latest version? I'm trying to reinstall (have a key for desktop plus I bought back in 2008) and couldn't fine anywhere on tivo's website to download the latest version without actually buying it!
     
  10. Thos19

    Thos19 Member

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    Is there a (free) Mpeg-2 decoder that can be downloaded to a PC with Windows 8 ? I recently bought a PC (which is why I need to download/install Tivo Desktop again) with Windows 8 pre-loaded. I am debating whether to use the O/S or start over with Windows 7 Pro.
     
  11. nooneuknow

    nooneuknow TiVo User Since 2007

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    I purchased a license as soon as you could purchases a license (for Pro). However, that was before they emailed the key, as well as before it went into their computer system which would allow them to the see you bought a key, as well as you being able to see it from your own TiVo account.

    As you may have guessed, I lost the printout of the key, and the computer it was installed on, where I could've re-obtained the key, suffered a fatal hard drive self-destruct.

    Due to this, they forced me to purchases a new key (license).

    Now, I have an email, with my key, and I can get it through the TiVo website, when logged in.

    I was supposed to get accredit back for the new license key purchase, but am still waiting for it to post to my debit card.

    EDIT/ADD: I received the credit back, after a few days.
    END of EDIT.

    This was my ONLY option, according to the multiple CSRs I spoke with, chatted with, and emailed between.
     
  12. ggieseke

    ggieseke Active Member

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    Yes.
     
  13. jhilla

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    I saved our key as a .txt file on a USB drive plus it's secured on Skydrive cloud as an extra backup. Including a recent copy of TivoDesktop.exe
     
  14. Dan203

    Dan203 Super Moderator Staff Member TCF Club

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    There are codec packs with free MPEG-2 decoders.

    If you're going to stick with Win8 I highly recommend Start8 and ModernMix by StarDock. They're only $5/ea and they significantly improve the Win8 experience. Start8 adds a Win7 style start menu and allows you to boot directly to the Desktop. ModernMix allows you to run Metro style apps in standard windows and put icons for them on your desktop or in the Start menu. Makes the transition from Win7 to Win8 a lot smoother.
     
  15. murgatroyd

    murgatroyd Don't stop believin'

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    ModernMix is sheer genius. And right now there's a bundle of Start8 and ModernMix, so I only paid $7.99 for the pair.

    Thanks very much!
     
  16. bobfrank

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    I had to replace my laptop shortly after Win8 launch. Unfortunately it was too far after the launch for me to find a Win7 machine. I was close to buying a new Win 7 license because I couldn't stand the Metro/Modern interface.

    Fortunately being a long time Stardock cusomer (OS2 days) I tried Start8 and ModernMix. Wow, great products.

    Now I have the best of Win7 and Win8 on one machine.

    Bob
     
  17. relrobber

    relrobber Seagoing TiVo'er

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    HP still offers some Win7 laptops. I almost bought one this week, but ended up going w/ Win8.
     

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