How To Download Windows 8 ISO (X86 / x64) File Officially From Microsoft [GUIDE]

First of all many out there happy with a Windows 7 laptop or PC post-June 2012, but Microsoft offering a great opurtunity of an upgrade to Windows 8 Pro at a much discounted price. With a catch, the offer has gained popularity with a large user base. Means, you didn’t get an installation disc or an ISO image file that you can re-use, for that matter, now. With Windows 8, Microsoft giving it in a different way, whereby eliminating the need for an installation disk, since you can “reset” your PC from within the settings to bring it back to its factory state without any troubleshoot.

Just a few days ago, Microsoft had officially released the updated version of Windows 8. The Windows 8.1 Preview download link was already placed on its resident site, which can be downloaded directly from the Redmond company’s webpage, and can be booted via an USB flash drive or burn it to a bootable DVD. Microsoft’s good intentions aside and we don’t exist in a perfect world, and computer systems tend to become faulty or corrupted from time to time. So, we always need a fresh installation process of Windows operating system. What next?

Here comes an ISO as a real handy tool. Not having an installation disc? Microsoft has made it possible to download the Windows 8 ISO directly from the company, and toady, we’ll guide you through how.

First and foremost it’s advised that you’ll need a genuine Windows 8 license key – the installer that we’ll prompt for that during the installation process. While, these instructions are purely based assuming that you’re using Windows 8 system – any previous version might vary the differences.

Step 1: Go to the official Microsoft Windows 8 upgrade page, and locate the install Windows 8 button. Click that to initiate the Windows 8 setup utility.

Step 2: Windows 8 Setup will prompt for a license key. Provide your original Windows 8 key there.

Product-keyStep 3: Now its time for the process where the installer will download the installation files (about 3 GB of data). Once it’s done and the files are ready to be processed, the Setup utility will ask you on how you want to install Windows 8. Select “Install by creating media”.

Step 4: Now, choose ISO file as the media type, and continue. Choose the location that you want to save the downloaded ISO file, and the setup generate the installation media for you.

That’s it – you now have your Windows 8 installation ISO file ready to be burnt to a bootable DVD disc or USB-drive, right from Microsoft. Genuine way, isn’t it?

While these steps on a 32-bit Windows installation worth nothing, because the resulting ISO would be a 32-bit (x86) as well. Vice versa holds true for a 64-bit versions of Windows 8. Follow our guide on how to make Windows 8 Bootable USB Flash Drive the easy way, here!