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.
- Windows 7 Home Premium x86 SP1
- Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1
- Windows 7 Professional x86 SP1
- Windows 7 Professional x64 SP1
- Windows 7 Ultimate x86 SP1
- Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
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.
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.