Windows 8 Product Key Download_thumb.jpg 1So, you’ve downloaded the Windows 8 Consumer Preview and suddenly it’s asking you for a product key? Here’s where to get it.

Getting Your Free Windows 8 Product Key

1. Step Microsoft provides a web downloader tool called Windows8-ConsumerPreview-setup.exe at their download site. At the time of this writing the Windows 8 download page was down, so you can also download it here

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2. Step Run the tool, it will create a list of compatible apps that will work on Windows 8

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3. Step After the report, which can take quite long you will either get a message that you need to clean your disk or you get a fresh new FREE product key that you can use to fully test Windows 8

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4. Step Either write it down or mark the product key with your mouse and copy it into your clipboard using CTRL + C (paste via CTRL + V)

5. Step You can now download the Windows 8 Consumer Preview ISO and follow our lengthy guide how to install Windows 8 Consumer Preview using the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

Keep in mind this product key is for the beta and the beta will expire eventually, you may not use this copy of Windows 8 indefinitely. We’ll keep you posted when you will be able to pre-order Windows 8, optionally you can now sign up to our preorder alert for Windows 8