aNewDomain.net — Windows 8 is out and lots of people are installing it. Many took advantage of Microsoft’s $39.99 promotion for upgrading to Windows 8 Pro. The only problem is that Microsoft is encouraging downloads of Windows 8. This is all well, until your computer rolls over and dies, requiring a reinstallation. It’s rather hard to download and install an operating system without having an installed operating system! The best option is to make an installation DVD before a problem arises. These steps presume you already have Windows 8 installed.
1. Find the email you used to purchase Windows 8.
2. In the second line, you’re offered the ability to download Windows. Click the link.
3. That download is actually the original setup, which includes the Upgrade Assistant. Select Install by creating media.
4. You’ll be prompted for your product key. Enter it and click Next.
5. Click Next. Now the installation files will be downloaded, checked and prepared.
6. You’ll be asked how you want to handle your installation media — USB key or DVD. Choose DVD.
7. Your ISO will need to go somewhere, so give it a location you can easily find.
8. Once the ISO is ready you’re going to need to burn it to disc. Click Open DVD Burner.
9. Insert a recordable DVD in your drive and then select Burn. I recommend verifying the disc after burning. You don’t want to do all of this and then find later that your disc didn’t burn properly.
10. Congratulations, you now have a bootable ISO DVD of Windows 8! I’d suggest keeping it in a safe place and writing your product key on it with a Sharpie.
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