A couple of years ago I bought a pre-built system from Newegg. It included (of course) a hdd which came with windows 8 already on it.
That hdd recently clicked and whirred it's way to an untimely death. Now, I have a windows 8 product key - but no software disc, ISO, or other media from which to reinstall that OS onto a replacement hdd. I've done some reading and it appears that either I should fork out money for Windows 10, or "be on the computer you want to install Windows 8 to" - which.. without a working OS on that computer is not possible.
I guess I'm looking for direction. Should I bother reacquiring Win 8? Will it be automatically upgraded to 10 if I do get it? I'd rather not fork over a couple hundred bucks when I already had a copy of 8 which had then been (over the years) automatically updated to 10.
It has been a few years since I was involved with computers (in general) so I'm a bit behind the power curve. I used to build my own systems back in the Win NT days - so forgive me if any responses are antiquated. Thanks for any and all help. This site has been great over the years!