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Casual Tourist

Hi,

 

I've just bought a new laptop (DEL inspiron 3521) with Windows 8 (not my choise but was just pre-installed). Where can I download 'skype' from? If I go to http://www.skype.com/en/download-skype/skype-for-windows8/, I'm forwarded to MS store, where I'm asked for a Microsoft account, but I don't have one, and I don't want to open one.

Is that the only option, or can I do something else for using skype?  

I  see in the forums that there is also ' a skype desktop version' ?? Is this another option, what is the difference ? If yes, could that work for windows 8, and where can I download it from?

Can anyone clarify and help me understand what is going on? 

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‎28-08-2015 11:00

The "normal" desktop version works very well on Windows 8 computers and is much more "human" than the total fiasko of the Windows 8 version. You can install the currently latest Skype 6.3.0.105 version using this msi-installer:

 

http://download.skype.com/msi/SkypeSetup_6.3.0.105.msi

 

See also this:

 

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12162/how-do-i-get-the-desktop-version-of-skype-on-windows-8

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‎28-08-2015 11:00

The "normal" desktop version works very well on Windows 8 computers and is much more "human" than the total fiasko of the Windows 8 version. You can install the currently latest Skype 6.3.0.105 version using this msi-installer:

 

http://download.skype.com/msi/SkypeSetup_6.3.0.105.msi

 

See also this:

 

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12162/how-do-i-get-the-desktop-version-of-skype-on-windows-8

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Novel Tourist
Thank so much
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Novel Tourist

THANK YOU!!! i think you just saved my lief (-; i've been trying to install windows 8 verion since over a week now, went through all sorts of scenarios and errors, i even blamed my net connection and retorded tositting at maccas for a whole freaking day trying to install it!!!and the desktop version just installed within 2 minues (not even...), so thank you so much!!!

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Novel Tourist

Thanks a lot !

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Novel Tourist

The regular windows version, what an elegant, easy solution to an issue I've been fighting for an hour.  THANK YOU!


ruwim wrote:

The "normal" desktop version works very well on Windows 8 computers and is much more "human" than the total fiasko of the Windows 8 version. You can install the currently latest Skype 6.3.0.105 version using this msi-installer:

 

http://download.skype.com/msi/SkypeSetup_6.3.0.105.msi

 

See also this:

 

https://support.skype.com/en/faq/FA12162/how-do-i-get-the-desktop-version-of-skype-on-windows-8



S!

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Novel Adventurer

This works. Why was it not in the original instructions?

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Casual Tourist
I am not a computer wizard and this advice helped me a lot! After struggling for almost 1 hour with the windows 8 version I clicked on the link and managed to install within 1 minute. Thank you for a simple solution.
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Novel Adventurer

I am having the same Problem, as there is no answer, I would like to know what to do and be guided. Thank you. My email address: [Mod edit: Please do not include personal/private information when making a public post. Thanks!]

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Novel Adventurer

Can my Skype name and password be the same on a Microsoft account?

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