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Can you get Windows 8 for free?

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Microsoft Windows 8 is available for free, but only to two main categories of users: the staff, faculty, and students on campuses that have purchased an organization-wide DreamSpark Premium License, and to developers of Microsoft desktop and mobile applications for Windows 8 and 10 software.

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The free Windows 8 software offered by Microsoft through DreamSpark is one of many types of software the company offers at no charge to academic institutions worldwide to promote teaching, learning, research, and innovation. To access and download a free copy of the Windows 8 operating system, students, faculty and staff can search for their institution's eligibility at OnTheHub, an online service provider authorized by Microsoft and other vendors to distribute their software.

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