Where to get free Windows 8 product license keys legally

The news on Windows 8 is spreading everywhere on internet. In this article, I will explain why you should not use illegal sources to download Windows 8 and how to get genuine Windows 8 product keys. I will also talk about how to upgrade from Windows 7 and whether Windows 7 license key will work for Windows 8.

This article may contain outdated information about Windows 8 product keys. Please read latest updates on Windows 8 genuine product keys for developer preview.

What is Windows product keys
Each instance of Windows you install on any computer require a special key called 'license key' to complete the installation and activate Windows operating system. There are different types of products keys. Individual license keys are valid only for once installation and cannot be reused except when you re install your operating system on another computer and stop using the previous computer. There are certain other types of license keys which can be installed on multiple computers.

Windows 8 or any other Microsoft Windows products are not free software. You require a paid license to install Windows 8. However, during the initial beta period, you may be able to get free Windows 8 license keys from Microsoft. This is different from the license keys you obtain from illegal sites. These are genuine license keys issues by Microsoft during the beta period for people to test and give feedback to Microsoft.

How does Windows 8 product license keys look

Microsoft uses a specific algorithm to generate product keys for Windows. In the olden days, this algorithm was very weak and some people were able to create valid license product keys just by randomly trying various numbers.

For the recent versions of Windows, the algorithm to generate and validate license keys have become very sophisticated. There is no information available on how the Windows 8 product keys are going to work, but I do not expect much changes from Windows 7 product keys. The algorithm to generate and validate product keys will change in Windows 8.

Will Windows 7 product keys work for Windows 8

It is obvious that the Windows 7 product keys will not work for Windows 8. Microsoft wants to sell Windows 8 as a new product and license it separately to make money. If you like to upgrade your Windows 7 to Windows, you will have to purchase an upgrade license from Microsoft or the vendors. The upgrade license key will be different from new installation license key. So, if you have a valid Windows 7 license, you can buy the upgrade license which will be much cheaper than new Windows 8 license.

How to get Windows 8 free license key

Microsoft never offered any free versions of Windows. No one expects Windows 8 also will be free. However, if you are looking for a free copy of Windows 8, there is some hope.

We are expecting that Windows 8 will be announced later this year. Even though you can't get a free full edition of Windows 8, you will be able to get the beta version free.

Typically, Microsoft allow free download of Alpha and Beta versions of their software. If you are keen on trying the initial versions of Windows 8, wait for the official announcements from Microsoft. The Windows 8 beta download may be available only for a limited time, so try to get your copy as soon as they are available.

It is not clear yet whether the Windows 8 beta will require a product key and require activation. If it require a product key, Microsoft will give you a free license key for your Windows 8 beta software, which may not be valid for final release of Windows 8.

It is not a good idea to go for Windows 8 license keys from illegal download websites. By using an illegal Windows 8 license key, you are probably denying the use of the same product key for the person who spent lot of money to buy the license key from Microsoft vendors. Also, using license keys obtained from such sources are illegal.

Article by Tony John
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Author: sss06 Jul 2011 Member Level: Silver   Points : 1

HI Tony,

This very nice article from you ,I hope windows 8 will be surely released in beta version soon and offering free trial version key same as for windows 7.

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