I went ahead and bought another version of Windows 8 pro and retried the install. Apparently uncorrupted, the install was pretty smooth. It’s cool, I must say. Fast, smooth and pretty. I think I’ll keep my stock as this product will likely catch on once the skeptics and pundits stop their tsk-tsking. Some issues with Kaspersky and Lenovo, but these don’t seem major so far. Frustrating period of retrying and repurchase.