Friday, March 2, 2012

How To Get Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Key



During the few hours that Windows 8 Consumer Preview has been publicly available, the maximum confusion that most users have come across is locating the product key for the latest iteration in Microsoft’s new operating system. This was rather different from what we saw with previous Developer Preview builds, where the installation of the OS proceeded without requiring any product key whatsoever. With Consumer Preview, users are rather stumped by the nagging dialog that halts the installation process until you provide a valid key. This is nothing to be bothered with, as you can easily get your own key by reading past the break.
Today, with the release of Microsoft Windows 8 Consumer Preview, we are bringing you extensive coverage of all the new features in Microsoft’s latest operating system. This post is a part of our Windows 8 Week. To learn more, check out our complete coverage of Windows 8 Consumer Preview.
Just as the ISO became live for download, we brought you the links for downloading Windows 8 Consumer Preview in a variety of languages, both in 32-bit and 64-bit architectures. It is most likely that you will come across the missing product key issue if you proceeded to download the ISO directly. One easy bypass would be to head to Microsoft’s official website for Windows 8 Consumer Preview and hit the Get it now button.
Windows_8_Product_Key
Then, on the next page, click the download link to grab the official Windows 8 Consumer Preview Installer (a mere 5MB download), run it and follow the instructions to get your own, unique product key.
Windows 8 Consumer Preview Product Key
For our readers, you may even use the public key shown in the image above. This key shall remain working until the next release of Windows 8 (the RTM version), and should work for both 32-bit and 64-bit installations, in all provided languages.
Enjoy!