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#16 FunkyMike

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:52

It does indeed work great...if you have a Pro copy of Windows 8. If not, good luck finding an ISO of the core "Windows 8". It took me a good few hours of digging through not-so-legal sites to finally find an ISO to format my new Lenovo laptop.

But yes, once you have the correct image it's awesome how easy it is.



Windows 8 ISOs can be directly downloaded from MS. (legally without sub)

And I would advise to only download from MS if unsure about the MD5 Hash. ... as long as you have the key there is no problem.


#17 The_Observer

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:17

Interesting, ive been looking at doing this for my ultrabook. All i need now is a Windows 8 ISO

#18 InsaneNutter

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:27

Windows 8 ISOs can be directly downloaded from MS. (legally without sub)

And I would advise to only download from MS if unsure about the MD5 Hash. ... as long as you have the key there is no problem.


Got a link? i've been using the Technet ISO's, however it would be great for linking people to.

#19 The_Observer

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 10:29

Windows 8 ISOs can be directly downloaded from MS. (legally without sub)

And I would advise to only download from MS if unsure about the MD5 Hash. ... as long as you have the key there is no problem.


Do you have links, dont have technet account where does MS allow you to download legal windows 8 ISO images

#20 FunkyMike

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 18:30

Hey guys,

there are several ways.

MS offers Windows 7 ISOs through their DigitalRiver servers: http://superuser.com...-from-Microsoft

They do not have something similar for Windows 8 but if one searches hard enough you can find direct links from MS.

Another LEGAL way is to use the Windows 8 Upgrade assistant. It will allow you to download and save an ISO to your PC provided that you have a serial for Windows 8.

http://www.intowindo...ng-product-key/

You will still be able to download windows 8 if you do not have your key on you by inputting the standard key that is bound to all windows ISOs. (this will not activate but will allow you to just download it through Windows 8 Upgrade assistant: XKY4K-2NRWR-8F6P2-448RF-CRYQH (pro key)
Some more installation/download keys for the different SKUs: http://www.microsoft...dows-8-adk.aspx

Note: If you do get your copy from not so official sources then make sure to verify the hash tags against the official ISOs which can be found here:
http://msdn.microsof...ndex=0&FileId=0

This will ensure that the image hasn't been tampered with.

Sorry InsaneNutter .. no direct links since they are not on DigitalRiver. But I think the Upgrade Assistant is a really nice and easy way. The only disadvantage might be that it wont download ISOs if you go from x86 to x64 but I am honestly not sure.

#21 arachnoid

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Posted 27 December 2012 - 18:53

The type of windows installed will depend on the key inserted either by the bios or manually on non-bios locked systems.As stated ALL windows 8 systems have a unique key though this will not be the actual final registration key but you can look this up for further information.
To clarify there are no and I repeat no magic ways of registering Windows 8 with Microsoft servers unlike previous versions.