Are you looking for links to download Windows 8? If yes, then you are in the right place! So, if you follow this article closely, you’ll be using Windows 8 in less than 3 hours from NOW!
You probably know that in the previous versions of operating system (OS) i.e. Win 7 or Vista, it was possible to install Windows without the product key or serial number. You can install and run it as trial for up to 120 days and within these grace periods; you can enter a product key and activate it.
But this option on first sight seems to have been removed in Win 8. So, if you want to install any editions of Win 8, you need a product key to do that.
Luckily in this article, I will show you the way to pre-install the Windows 8 or 8.1 with a generic key. Then, I also show you a way to activate your copy of OS for free.
The Win 8 Generic Installation Keys
The generic keys are use only to install the system and not for activation. They are blocked at the Microsoft clearinghouse and therefore cannot be used to activate any computer systems. But don’t worry as normally you will have a number of days to complete the activation process.
If you wish to activate Windows, you must enter a legit serial number (product key) that you had purchase online to from local stores.
The following are some of the generic keys that you can use to install Windows 8 and 8.1. It’s important that you use the correct type of key based on your OS edition.
The different edition of Win 8 keys:
XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH (Professional Retail)
V7C3N-3W6CM-PDKR2-KW8DQ-RJMRD (Professional OEM)
RR3BN-3YY9P-9D7FC-7J4YF-QGJXW (Professional with Media Center)
VDKYM-JNKJ7-DC4X9-BT3QR-JHRDC (Win 8 N)
BHHD4-FKNK8-89X83-HTGM4-3C73G (Professional N)
NCVKH-RB9D4-R86X8-GB8WG-4M2K6 (Enterprise N)
The different edition of Windows 8.1 serial keys:
Y9NXP-XT8MV-PT9TG-97CT3-9D6TC (Single Language)
GBFNG-2X3TC-8R27F-RMKYB-JK7QT (Professional with Media Center)
6NPQ8-PK64X-W4WMM-MF84V-RGB89 (Win 8.1 N)
JRBBN-4Q997-H4RM2-H3B7W-Q68KC (Professional N)
NDRDJ-3YBP2-8WTKD-CK7VB-HT8KW (Enterprise N)
You can use the above keys if you have the installation DVD disc. Please note that you need to activate your system in 30-day after installed. If you do not activate it, the program will become useless until you enter a valid serial number or product key.
What happen if you do not have the installation disc? Luckily, you can use the following way to obtain the installation files.
Download Links for Windows 8 or 8.1
If you don’t want to spend some money to get the operating system (OS) but still want to have a look at the final release of Win 8, you can download the evaluation copy. The evaluation copy allows you to test drive the Windows 8 for 90 days.
Note: After the 90 days are over, these versions can’t be converted to a full product by entering a purchased serial number or product key.
Windows 8 ISO – Official Download Links
What happen if you lost the installation DVD or you just don’t get the physical copy of the disc because you purchased a new PC and the OS was pre-installed?
Luckily you still can download the full Win 8 or 8.1 from the Internet provided you have the legit serial number or product key!
Just follow the on screen instructions to download and complete the installations. When there are options to choose, you can choose Install by creating media (ISO file).
What happen if you don’t have the product key?
Don’t worry as you still can download the Windows 8 pro edition from this link!
If you prefer the ver 8.1, there is a new option from Microsoft that allows you to download the installation media without entering the product key/serial number.
You just need to download the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool, and then select the Windows version you wish to install and follow the wizard to create your boot media.
For creating the boot media, you can choose to put it directly into the USB drive or create an ISO and burn it to a disc later. From there, you can use it to install Windows 8/8.1.
The OS Installation and Activation Guide
After you downloaded the OS installation files, you may need to burn it to a disc or store it in the USB flash drive only that you can install it later.
For more information on how to install Win 8, you can search online or we will come out with the related articles in the future.
For activation, basically there are two methods either you can activate it over the Internet or phone (provided you have a legit product key). However, in this site you will find several activators that you can use to activate almost any versions or editions of the system.
I hope that this article can help you to upgrade your computer system from the older version of Windows to a newer Windows 8 version.