The Windows 8 Editions
If you are still using the Windows 7, it’s time to upgrade to Windows 8. This newer version definitely worth to take a look if compare to its predecessors. You can expect faster boot up, better security feature as well as the greater performance and some interface redesign in Win 8.
There are actually three Windows 8 editions available that is core, pro and enterprise. The basic core version is targeted for home users that featuring Start screen with semantic zoom, Windows Store, IE 10, InstantGo, Windows desktop and more.
The Pro and Enterprise editions is targeted towards the business users. It has all the core version features with additional features like remote desktop connections, windows server domain, virtual hard disk boot. The Windows Media Center is only available in Pro version but not on Enterprise edition. However, there are additional features available in enterprise edition as explain here.
If you do not have the installation files, you can get it from the following links:
Windows 8 Pro (32-bit) – Size: 2.02 GB [Sorry, link removed]
Windows 8 Pro (64-bit) – Size: 2.64 GB [Sorry, link removed]
Once you downloaded the above files, you need to burn the iso files to a DVD disc. Make sure your first boot device is set to CD-ROM in the CMOS and run and install the Windows. The process is straight-forward and if you are unsure, just search for free tutorials available online.
The next question that bothers most Windows users is the activation issue. If you purchase a genuine copy of Windows 8, then activation instructions is there. Else, the following section we will introduce to you the activators that have been tested to be working and it’s available for free download.
Methods to Activate Windows 8
First of all, what is Windows activation?
The Windows activation helps verify that a particular computer is using the genuine or legal copy of Windows and the copy of Windows has not been used on more computers than Microsoft Software License Terms allow. In other words, program activation helps prevent software counterfeiting.
So, to help prevent software piracy or illegal program, Microsoft requires that all computer with their operating system (OS) installed need to be activated before you can enjoys all the functionalities of the software.
You have a grace periods of 30-day after installing Windows 8 to activate the Windows. So, do activate the operating system before this 30-day period expires. If you choose to automatically activate Windows online option during the installation of Windows, the system will begin trying to activate Windows 3 days after you logon for the first time.
There are several methods that you can use to activate Windows 8. Without counting using the activator and if you follow the proper way, there are two types of activation:
- Windows Product Activation(WPA)
Normally we use this method when installing or upgrading Windows 8 from disc. It involved sending an installation ID number to Microsoft before Windows is verified and then activated. The PC owner can submits the installation and confirmation ID to Microsoft, either over the Internet or by phone.
- OEM Activation 3.0(OA3)
With this method, a digital product key (DPK) is installed on the computer mainboard BIOS during the manufacturing process (at factory). At the very first time the PC is connected to the Internet, Windows 8 will be activated automatically.
To start the normal activation process (either over phone or Internet), follow the following steps:
- Log on to the computer as an administrator (make sure PC are connected to the Internet)
- Press the Windows + I keys to open the Settings charm.
- Select Change PC settings in the lower-right corner of the screen and select the Activate Windows
- Enter the product key that you can found on the DVD disc packaging. Windows will automatically detect whether the product key is valid.
- If product activation is successful just close the Window and you’re done.
If you are not sure, there are actually different methods to activate Windows as you can read here. I recommend you get a genuine copy of Win 8 and then you no need to bother for the activator.
But the genuine copy is not free and if you are tight in budget now then you can use the alternative free method below to get your operating system activated.
Free Download Windows 8 Activators That Are 100% Work!
For those that are not sure, the activators is a third-party software that designed specifically to activate the operating system without going through the tedious (but normal) steps either using the phone or Internet.
So far, only two tools that is able to activate Windows 8 successfully. We will going to let you get both of the activators for free and show you the steps to help you activate your Windows successfully.
Windows 8 Activator 1 – KMSPico
This is so far the most popular tool to activate Win 8 and 8.1. It’s easy to use, update frequently and most importantly it’s 100% clean tool to help you activates your copy of Windows.
The latest version of KMS Pico will let the activation lasts forever so it’s a permanent solution for your system. Same like other activators like Microsoft Toolkit, the infinite loop of automatic activation will be re-applied endlessly (every 180-day).
Please note that this tool can be use to activate Microsoft Office 2016, 365, 2013 or 2010 all editions too. If you are using older Windows 7/Vista, and Windows Server 2008/2012 it’s also supported. So, I highly recommend you take at look and download it.
Windows 8 Loader 2 – Microsoft Toolkit
From the name you can see that this tool is for Microsoft products i.e. activating Windows and Office. Yes, it’s a 2-in-1 activator that can activate both Windows and Microsoft Office. If you are using Windows 8.1, 8, 7 or even Vista, you can use this toolkit to successfully activate the OS in your system. Also, it supports the latest Microsoft Office 2013 and 2010.
The program interface is simple and very understandable. We also provide step-by-step instructions to help you in the activation process. Although the file size for this toolkit is quite big (about 50MB) but it really does a nice job.
Windows 8 Activator 3 – KMSAuto Lite
This is the latest powerful Microsoft Windows and Office one-click offline KMS activator. It also supports all volume licensing editions and you can use it for both 32-bit and 64-bit Windows versions.
The interface is straight-forward and you have an options to choose – Activate Windows, Office or check for more information about your computer. It also has several build-in tools to help you do certain tasks as needed.
Windows 8 Loader 4 – Re-Loader Activator
Compare to other tools, this is pretty new and less popular but it definitely worth to take a look. This activator is able to activate older versions of Windows as well as latest Windows 10, 8.1, 8 and Windows 7.
The developer of this loader constantly improving the tool and hence make it better and more reliable.
The interface is simple and straight forward. You can permanently activate the system with just one-click. So, you can test the activator by clicking on the link.
You can use either one of the proven activators above to get your Windows 8 activated. Please note that the activators not only can activate Windows 8, but also Windows 7, 10 and MS Office (all editions). All the best in your OS activation!