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    Free Windows 8 download 64 bit ISO?

    Hi All,

    I have a friend who has a fairly new Windows 8 X64 system which she can't boot because I think she got a bad virus. She doesn't have a Windows 8 install disk with her system (never supplied) but has a valid Windows 8 License key for X64 sticker on her system. I know with windows 7 there were a few sites you could download an ISO disk for free, like from Digital River and a couple others, I'm still running Windows 7 myself but does anyone know where I can download a Win 8 X64 ISO disk so I can burn it for her so she (or WE) can re-install Win 8?

    This forum has been GREAT in the past, thanks for any help...

    Steve

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    There is none that I am aware of. The only download I know of is the one from Microsoft, and that is not free, unless one has already made the purchase and uses the previously purchased key to initiate the download.
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    You'll need to go over the documentation that came with [her] system detailing how to reformat or reinstall the operating system.
    I am not aware of any free download of Windows 8, like that which was present with Windows 7 from Digital River.
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    Hi bbearren & CLiNT,

    Thanks for both your responses, much appreciated! I wonder why the Windows 8 download is so much more restricted than the Windows 7 download was, if anyone hears of a download site, please let me know OK?

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    I think only Windows 7 that had download availability. I never found any legitimate sites for XP or Vista like the Digital River site and Windows 7. I think MS should make an ISO downloadable to people with a valid key for systems they still support.
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