Is it possible to buy windows 8 online as a digital download? (the full install non-upgrade version)

Similar to the way windows 8 upgrade can be bought as a digital download from windows.microsoft.com but for the full version.

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    Yes, of course I searched. A lot. And no results. That is why I asked here... Oct 26, 2012 at 20:57
  • @r.tanner.f No worries - I am honestly really surprised that MS does not have it linked there for a full ISO, so the assumption makes sense.
    – nerdwaller
    Oct 26, 2012 at 21:05
  • I was able to upgrade to Windows 8 using the upgrade assistant from the release preview. You're only allowed to keep your personal files using this upgrade path though. The official upgrade offer terms does not include this path and I did upgrade to release preview from Windows 7, so I am not entirely sure if this would work. However, if you don't mind spend the time downloading and installing the preview, you can try "upgrading" this way.
    – billc.cn
    Oct 26, 2012 at 21:32
  • The link op posted let me purchase and 'upgrade' a Windows 8 Preview edition that was not itself an upgrade. So I'm guessing as long as you can run the tool at that link on any version of Windows it should let you?
    – Mufasa
    Oct 28, 2012 at 3:48
  • @Mufasa: From what I know it has to be a licensed XP, Windows Vista or Windows 7 to be able to upgrade. I also read on many sites that you can upgrade from Windows 8 Release Preview but only if you have a license of one of the above. I run the tool on Windows 8 RP and it worked. Oct 28, 2012 at 9:58

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"As previously announced, the lineup does not include a full package product (FPP) SKU for retail purchase. Instead, consumers will be allowed to buy the OEM product, install it on a new PC or in a virtual machine, and take advantage of the Personal Use Rights section of the OEM license. That represents a significant savings for consumers, who can pay $140 for a full license for Windows 8 Pro rather than $275 for the full retail package."


Full version OEM here but not a digital download, I am willing to bet MS will offer the Full version OEM for download at some point, time will tell. Their big push right now is get as many people to "upgrade" as they can by offering the discounted price.

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    The OP is asking for an online download version though. The retail version box version can be bought on Amazon for $68.88.
    – billc.cn
    Oct 26, 2012 at 21:36
  • "I am willing to bet MS will offer the Full version OEM for download at some point, time will tell." Best anyone can do since no one knows at this point in the game if MS will offer digital downloads of OEM Full version to the general public.
    – Moab
    Oct 26, 2012 at 21:48
  • @billc.cn please post the link to Amazon, MS said they will not sell a full "retail" version anymore only Full version OEM.
    – Moab
    Oct 26, 2012 at 21:53
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    @RăzvanPanda - The answer is no, there isn't a digital copy of the OEM license sold by Microsoft ( or their partners ) currently. Of course the physical media is exactly the same.
    – Ramhound
    Nov 14, 2012 at 22:48

Yes you can get directly with no upgrade option and a Direct ISO image, unless you are in Microsoft Student Academic Alliance. Simply Dream Spark.

Microsoft offers for students to research and provide solutions if they find any dissatisfaction in the Software free of Cost.

  • could you provide a link please? Oct 26, 2012 at 20:58
  • I can provide you a link. But unless you are Microsoft or a student from a renowned university where Microsoft offers such. You cannot download. But as for for information check this link. If find useful for your question. Please raise flag. dreamspark.com/Student/Default.aspx Oct 26, 2012 at 21:01
  • I thought you meant I could also get windows 8 without dreamspark. Thanks anyway! :) Oct 26, 2012 at 21:12

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