Where to download Windows 8?

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  1. Hungry Man

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    edit: I've got a torrent going. Hopefully this works out but I wish I could get it easily from an official source.

    So I managed to get a key for Windows 8 but I have no clue where to actually download the damn thing. I tried the installer but it asks me to purchase it, which I don't need to do... because I have a key.

    Ideas?
     
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    if you bought it through the upgrade assistant they usually provide a link to where it can be downloaded. you open the link and enter your CD key
     
  3. I assume you mean the MSDN download? That would be here: msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/subscriptions/downloads/

    Otherwise AFAIK Windows is not and has never been distributed as shareware. If you bought a copy somewhere and only got a key, my instinct is to say you were ripped off.

    (I'd love to be proven wrong though. IMO it's high time MS made their distribution model a little friendlier.)

    Edit: wait, upgrade assistant? This is for the upgrade version? I guess I don't know what I'm talking about, N/M.
     
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    maybe i jumped the gun a bit, but i assumed it was for the upgrade version :( as far i was aware the FULL ie non upgrade hadnt been released for retail yet
     
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    I didn't buy it through the assistant - the key was gifted to me.

    @GJ,

    There are no downloads listed there for me as I don't have MSDN.

    There used to be freely available Vista/7 downloads (though not easy to find) that would let you active post-install.
     
  6. I got my Windows 8 ISO downloads offered through MS DreamSpark Premium for AI, but the Secure DLM won't decrypt the downloads (I get an error). So basically I'm in the same boat as you.
     
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    which version are you trying to dl. if its not unique i can pass on the link provided to me for re downloading the windows 8 pro, assuming its wont cost me .................pm me if u want
     
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    on looking i cant find the email with the link to re download....sorry
     
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    Unfortunately that doesn't answer the question - it assumes I bought the key and can use that upgrader. I tried that and it doesn't allow me to enter a key, only to purchase one.
     
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    I would assume you will have to pay to upgrade in this particular situation.
     
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    Right, considering that I already have a key I'd like to avoid paying needlessly.

    I'll stick to this torrent for now but if anyone comes up with an easier download/ online installer that'll allow me to enter the key let me know.

    Unfortunately MS didn't make it too easy.
     
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    @Garry,

    That looks very promising. Thank you.
     
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