If you've lost your Windows 8 DVD or perhaps you just didn't get a physical copy when your purchased a new PC, then it is possible to legally download the full Windows 8 or 8.1 ISO from the internet. You'll need your Windows 8 serial number to get started - so don't lose it!

First of all, navigate to this page on the Microsoft website and choose if you'd like to download Windows 8 or 8.1 by clicking the appropriate link and running the exe file:

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

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Once it has loaded, you'll be prompted to enter your serial number. Do this and then click next.

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You'll then be shown a little information about the version you are downloading, as well as a note about metered internet access. Click next to continue.

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It will take a little while to download Windows 8, so sit back and wait for the download to complete.

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Once it has finished downloading, select install by creating media.

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Now click ISO file and then save. It will take a few moments to save the ISO to a location of your choosing. Click finish when you are done, or chose an option to burn the ISO direct to disc.

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Ian, Nov 5, 2013
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