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Windows 8 (not 8.1): Still possible to download?

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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Windows 8 (not 8.1): Still possible to download?


    I'm helping a non-PC literate person remotely. The can't get into Windows 8 (or 8.1, I'm unsure if she's been updated to 8.1), and when their notebook tries to boot they go into recovery mode. The problem is, recovery is looking for media which she does not have.

    I've used my desktop to download Windows 8.1, both 32 and 64 as I don't know which she has, and I plan to send them to her to try. However, I'd like to send Windows 8 disks (32 and 64) also in case she hasn't been upgraded to 8.1.

    Is there a location/means I can get Windows 8, not 8.1, ISO's?

    Thanks for any info on this!

    Chuck

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10


    You are most likely correct - when the pc was upgraded to windows 8.1 - windows 8.1 created another partition - thus bumping the recovery partition back from say partition 5 to partition 6

    you have to re-register the recovery partition and factory Image
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    How is that possible though without being able to get into Windows? Before this I didn't know that Microsoft got rid of F8, is there some special key to press before Windows boots that would let me walk her through that?
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I read that whs but I don't get how I can download Windows 8 on my 8.1 computer?
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    From here you can download and save the iso. Just click on "create media" and select a folder.

    Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Oh, I see what you're saying. Yes, I have the 32 and 64 bit Windows 8.1 ISO's. What I'm talking about are the non Service Pack 1 Windows 8 ISO's. Just plain Windows 8, non 8.1. Are those still available?
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Try this site. Don't know whether this still works.

    The Official Windows 8 Repository
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    Those links are dead too Wolfgang,

    PLEASE NOTE: Due to a DMCA notice the download links have been removed and will not be re-added. If you download the Upgrade Assistant you will get a ISO download once you purchase a license through the program.
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can install Windows 8.1 on a PC that came with Windows 8.0 and use the OEM 8.0 key. The latest Windows 8.1 install media will install and activate with OEM embedded 8.0 product codes. If that's what your worried about. It will read them automatically from the BIOS during the install.
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