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Installing OS on a new build, only have product key.

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October 1, 2013 11:38:29 AM

I found a good deal on Windows 8.1 and the title explains my situation. Just have the unused product key and no disk! Can I still use it?
October 1, 2013 11:40:06 AM

Yes, Just find a DL for the OS somewhere online, not sure if MS offers that themselves, or you could get it from Piratebay.
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October 1, 2013 7:43:48 PM

Smawell said:
Yes, Just find a DL for the OS somewhere online, not sure if MS offers that themselves, or you could get it from Piratebay.


I have a similar problem to the OP. I'm planning a new build and have way to get a free download of Windows 8.1 through my university. Is it possible to download the file to a USB and use that to install the OS on my new build?

Edit: Nevermind, this has been answered already. Sorry!
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October 1, 2013 11:20:46 PM

Jesse Kaighin said:
I found a good deal on Windows 8.1 and the title explains my situation. Just have the unused product key and no disk! Can I still use it?


Only legal d'load links known to me...
Windows 8 Installation Media
OEM/Retail
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/p/?linkid=271128
Upgrade
http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=262204
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October 2, 2013 3:05:24 AM

As long as you have a new unused product key you won't need the discs. Go to microsofts website and download 2 things: 1)the iso file for whichever windows you need and 2)the usb downloader tool onto a thumb drive of at least 4GB. Stick in the thumb drive and boot from it through the UEFI settings and thats it.
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