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I have check the page http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/release-preview. But it redirect to http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/meet with no link to the free preview version.

Where can I get the .ISO format of the Release Preview?

(Maybe the Release Preview is restrict to U.S. only ?)

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While the Windows 8 Release Preview page no longer exists, the actual download links on Microsoft's servers are still active - notice the download link domain: http://go.microsoft.com:

32-bit (x86)

Download link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251533 (2.5 GB)

Sha 1 hash — 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9

64-bit (x64)

Download link: http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=251532 (3.3 GB)

Sha 1 hash — 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57

Alternative official download links from Microsoft's servers: http://iso.esd.microsoft.com:

32-bit (x86)

Download link: http://iso.esd.microsoft.com/WRPDL/D29D6C5B1D8AF956B5DA9DF738CFD92DFD4F6C8FB/Windows8-ReleasePreview-32bit-English.iso (2.5 GB)

Sha 1 hash — 0x8BED436F0959E7120A44BF7C29FF0AA962BDEFC9

64-bit (x64)

Download link: http://iso.esd.microsoft.com/WRPDL/D29D6C5B1D8AF956B5DA9DF738CFD92DFD4F6C8FB/Windows8-ReleasePreview-64bit-English.iso (3.3 GB)

Sha 1 hash — 0xD76AD96773615E8C504F63564AF749469CFCCD57

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Seems the only legal option is to trial as keys don't work, dunno if that works on Preview, though... –  Tom Wijsman Oct 27 '12 at 14:41
    
It's obvious that you can't get keys anymore, but maybe an official download link can still be useful. –  amiregelz Oct 27 '12 at 14:45
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I'm downloading this version. I'll confirm if it's still usable. –  h3xStream Oct 27 '12 at 14:56
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It worked. I used the key mention on Tom's Hardware website (see Tom Wijsman answer) –  h3xStream Oct 27 '12 at 16:46
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Release preview is no longer available from Microsoft because Windows 8 is now fully released. Any attempts will just refer you to the main Windows 8 page where you can purchase the full license.

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Tom's Hardware Guide hosts mirrors for these near the bottom of the article, including keys, whether it's legal to obtain them from there is doubtful. I'd advise you to not go down the Preview route at this time though because it will run out in January anyway. You could just as well install a RTM version without a key and use it for the 30 days up to somewhere in December, which you can extend up to 120 days by rearming. But then again, it's up to you whether how legal you stay with the EULA...

Jared Tritsch: I couldn't activate a RO license yesterday on a lab machine.

It appears it might even not be possible to use the preview, so you'd have to use a trial period.

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"You could just as well install a RTM version without a key and use it for the 30 days up to somewhere in December, which you can extend up to 120 days by rearming." - Are you sure? RTM Std/Pro requires key entry during setup AFAIK, and there is no grace period any longer in Win8. –  Karan Oct 28 '12 at 0:30
    
@Karan: Oh, did they change that? Doesn't sound good... –  Tom Wijsman Oct 28 '12 at 0:39
    
I think it's because the same source image contains the bits for Std and Pro, and which version gets installed depends entirely on the key entered. So it needs to be specified during setup itself. –  Karan Oct 28 '12 at 0:41
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