On Friday of last week, we showed you how to upgrade to Windows 8 with the help of Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant, a step-by-step guide to easily purchase Windows 8 upgrade product key and then upgrade Windows 7 installation to Windows 8.
Upgrading from Windows XP, Vista, or Windows 7 to Windows 8 is relatively straightforward. After purchasing the product key and downloading required Windows 8 setup files, the Upgrade Assistant allows you create a Windows 8 ISO file, DVD or USB so that you can use the installation media in future as well.
Users who have selected Install now option and didn’t create an ISO file or DVD/USB may be wondering how to download the Windows 8 ISO file from Microsoft. The good news is that if you own a genuine license of Windows 8, you can easily download your Windows 8 ISO file from Microsoft.
In this guide, we are going to show you how to download your Windows 8 ISO file using the product key that you have purchased with the help of Upgrade Assistant.
Get Windows 8 ISO from Microsoft without the serial key
NOTE: This guide is only for users who have purchased a genuine Windows 8 license.
Step 1: Sign-in to your email account that you have used to purchase Windows 8 upgrade product key. In the email that contains your Windows 8 upgrade key, you will see a link to download Windows 8 setup file. Click on Windows 8 setup file link (see the picture) to start downloading the setup file. The setup file is just 5MB!
Step 2: Run Windows 8 Setup File on your Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC. Click Yes for the UAC prompt.
Step 3: You’ll be asked to enter the product key that you have received from Microsoft. Enter the product key and click Next button to continue.
Step 4: When you see “Windows 8 for you” screen, simply click the Next button to begin downloading your copy of Windows 8.
Step 5: Depending on your internet connection speed, the setup might take a few minutes to hours to complete downloading required files.
Step 6: Once the download is complete, the setup will check the download for errors. And then you will see Install now, Install by creating media, and Install later from your desktop.
Select Install by creating media option and then click the Next button.
Step 7: In the following screen, you will see save ISO file option. Select the ISO file and then click the Save button to start creating the ISO file. Once the ISO file is ready, you will see your product key again. Click the Finish button. You are done!