Download Windows 8.1
Windows 8.1 license owners can now get their OS as a complete installation, using the ISO files provided by Microsoft. You don’t need to enter the license key for the download; it’s required only for the installation.
Many Windows users, over the years, have been dealing with not being able to do a clean install of their OS, because they initially got it with their machines. This was also the case with the Windows 8 installation, this being the latest OS out from the manufacturer. Microsoft was hard about the download rule, but now they’ve given way, at least to Widows 8.1 owners. Users can now download the disk image of the operating system, and then use the license key they have in hand, to install it.
Microsoft has posted online that you can install or reinstall Windows 8.1 without installation media, which can now be created online. The PC would need to have a good internet connection for this, and you could either save the installation files as an ISO, or get it into a flash drive.
The installation can be started off with a small download from Microsoft’s site. You have options among Windows 8.1 (“Core”) and Windows 8.1, for 32 and 64 bit systems. You can also get the version of the OS which comes without the media player. There are languages other than English which you can download, such as German, Spanish, Turkish, and Russian. Once you finish downloading the ISO, you get the option to run the installation from a USB drive. Inside the ISO is the updated version of Windows 8.1.
Windows 8.1 Key
It’s only once you start the installation that you’ll need a valid license key, so until you find that out, you’ll have an installable media which can be used to set up the Windows 8 installation. The 8.1 ISO also takes your previous Windows 8 key. This never worked before because the key was required before downloading the ISO, and Windows 8 keys didn’t work when you tried to download Win 8.1 media.
Users of Windows 7 still don’t have an option where they can download an ISO image without the license key. The only way to legally install this OS is by getting a DVD, or by getting an ISO from Digital River. The latter isn’t exactly a legal option either because you’d be using the key for a different copy of the OS.
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