Download Windows 8 ISO From Microsoft

| April 27, 2014 | 15 Comments

You can download Windows 8 ISO files and burn them to a disk. The Operating System is available for download by Microsoft and you can use it to reinstall Windows 8 or create a Windows 8 .ISO disk that can be used to repair existing installations. In most cases, many of us got Windows 8.1 as a free upgrade. You can now create the actual disk in case you need to reinstall Windows.

In order to use this media, you need to have a valid product key. If you ordered Windows online, you likely have it in a confirmation email for your purchase. The product key is a 25-character code that looks something like this: XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX.

How To Find Your Windows 8 Product Key

If you did not save the confirmation email from your online order, or if you no longer have the DVD case your Operating System shipped in, look on your computer for a sticker. Major brands will usually put the product key on this sticker and attach it to the top or rear of your machine.

If none of those are an option for you, you can download a free program called The Belarc Advisor, a hardware and software indexing tool that will also show your Windows Product Key.

Download Windows 8 Operating System

Once you have your Windows 8 product key, you can download Windows 8 ISO files and burn them to disk. If you started with Windows 8 but now have Windows 8.1, use the Magical Jelly Bean Keyfinder to get the product key for Windows 8.1. This way you can directly install Windows 8.1 and not have to revert back to your old Windows 8 install. If your product Windows 8 product key did not change after your upgraded, you will need to download the Windows 8 ISO and then manually upgrade to the latest version.

Download Windows 8 here.

Download Windows 7 Operating System

If you’re still running Windows 7, you can also download the Windows 7 ISO files from Microsoft. Again, you will need the Windows 7 product key in order to install it on your system. The following install files are provided by DigitalRiver.Net–Microsoft’s software content hosting provider.

Download Windows Even If You Have Recovery Disks

It’s a good idea to have a reliable way to reinstall Windows. You cannot always rely on disks you have burned years ago as they might fail. In addition, returning to factory condition will usually mean you will be reinstalling bloatware preloaded by the manufacturer. Use your existing CD key and the ISO files above to install a clean version of Windows on your PC.

To burn these images to disk, right-click the Start button and launch Windows Explorer. Navigate to the location you saved the image to and then right-click the .ISO file.

download windows 8 iso and burn to disk

Choose Burn Disk Image. Once the imaged is burned to a disk, you can boot to the DVD to reinstall Windows anytime or use the disk to repair the Operating System, if necessary.

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  1. Patrick Wood says:

    Don’t forget to tell them after a clean install they may need to hit the pc/laptop manufacturer website for the correct driver files.

    • Dave Dave says:

      Great point Patrick. In many instances, running Windows Update will fix most driver issues, but in some cases–especially with newer hardware–you might need to visit the manufacturer’s website and download the drivers specific to your model.

      • Richard Hofman says:

        Yes,but where can I to buy the product key for example on the Windows 7 Ultimate as the Microsoft has been so rich that he doesn’t need any more money of the older versions of Windows OS so that we can’t buy any product key for the Windows 7…so I can see the Microsoft has been a “big businessman”…

  2. Rick says:

    Great article, Dave. Now I won’t have to purchase Windows 7 discs when my extended family members come to me for help with lost recovery media. I wound up purchasing most of the Windows XP installation discs helping them out. Now if I can find a source for the Vista discs. A lot of off-lease machines are being sold on eBay with Vista Business COA’s on them. Most of those machines are better and more reliable for my friends and family than the 300.00-400.00 machines sold at the big box stores.
    Sorry to get off topic there and thanks for a great article.

  3. Luis says:

    It didn’t work for me. I bought Windows 8 Pro, upgraded to the free Windows 8.1 Pro. My product key is the same I used for Windows 8 Pro (It didn’t changed when I upgraded), so Microsoft told me is the wrong key to download Windows 8.1 Pro.

  4. Carl says:

    Hi Dave

    Sorry, but it does not work for all versions of Win 8.
    I got my Lenovo with pre-installed Win 8.0 and then updated to Win 8.1 and got the latest updates (win 8.1.1 or whatever it is called). I then run the Magical Jelly Bean to find the key code, as none was shipped with the computer. None is found on a sticker either. So, the Magical JB gives me a nice looking code, but when I input that on the MS site to d/l the 8.1 version it says the key is no good. So, I assume it works only with full versions and not an OEM that mine seems to be.

    Thanks for a good article.
    Carl

    • Dave Dave says:

      Carl, if you have a desktop, look inside the case panel for the COA. If this is a laptop, check under the battery. I’d be shocked if the sticker isn’t on there somewhere. You should still be able to create the ISO to have for repairing the installation. Worse case scenario, at least get the Windows 8 ISO and keep it in a safe place.

  5. cliff says:

    Tried downloading both 8 & 8.1 with the product key that magicaljellybean gave me and neither would work.I have 8 upgraded to 8.1 update 1.So this does not work!!

  6. Dave Dave says:

    You can also find the key by going to the lower left corner until the charms come up, select the gear icon for Settings, click Change PC Settings, and then click PC Info.

    The key should be displayed here. See if that differs from the key MJB gave you

  7. Jeff Walters says:

    This information is all completely useless for those of us who purchased a computer with windows 8 already installed. HP (and probably all the other computer manufacturers) did not put any windows product keys on stickers on the machines. Instead, they are embedded in the BIOS chip on the motherboard. Magical Jellybean may find your product key IF you still have the original OS up and running, I don’t know for sure. What I do know is it definitely won’t find it if you’re using anything other than the original OS. The solution to getting your Bios embedded key is “MyKeyFinder” which can be downloaded free from abelssoft. However an embedded key will NOT allow you to download 8 or 8.1 from the links you provided. Only a retail key (meaning you purchased the OS separately from your computer) will be good for that. My computer came with windows 8 installed, and I got the free “upgrade” to 8.1 from the windows store. I made the mistake of running a “refresh” because it was acting a little glitchy. It crashed completely and would only boot to a screen demanding recovery media to repair it. Since it was 1 month past the warranty period, microsoft would only give me one option. Buy Windows 8 for $120. HP was slightly better. From them I could buy the recovery discs and wait for them to come in the mail (for about $17 total.) It took some doing, but I fixed it myself with resources found on the internet for free. If anybody is interested I can tell you how to do that if your computer crashes. The best policy is to make sure you have recovery media available before that happens. Overall I am pretty satisfied with 8 and 8.1 as operating systems, but quite peeved at microsoft for their lack of foresight in the area of providing recovery media. It’s either negligence or just plain greed on their part.

  8. Lars says:

    Beware that the windows 8.0 key doesn’t work with Win 8.1.

    To reinstall a system with an 8.0 upgraded to an 8.1 system you have to first install 8.0 and then install all the updates. Then download 8.1 from Windows store and update. And then download all the updates. In that way a re-install of 8.1 will take at least a full day.

    I wish Microsoft could explain why they did it that time consuming

  9. John Fuller says:

    Jeff is right. This only works with a retail key. My desktop computer came with Windows 8 installed and had a sticker with the product key. When I entered the key, I was told that my key “cannot be used to install a retail version of Windows”.
    Too bad. It would have been nice to have had a Windows 8 Operating System disk.

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