If you’ve been updating your Windows 8 devices this week to Windows 8.1, you may have noticed that using the Windows Store is Microsoft’s preferred method. But as I’ve discovered, the Windows Store doesn’t provide a reliable experience, and can be frustrating if you need to upgrade multiple devices. In this Ask the Admin, I’ll show you how to download the Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 product key so that you can bypass the Windows Store.
Follow the instructions below carefully to download the Windows 8.1 RTM ISO with a Windows 8 product key.
Microsoft will allow you to download the 32-bit version if you click the link from an OS running 32-bit Windows, and similarly the 64-bit ISO if the OS is 64-bit Windows.
Even though we want the bits for Windows 8.1, we need to start setup for Windows 8 first to provide a valid product key.
Once the download is complete, you will be given the option to create a bootable USB drive or save the ISO file to disk.