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Copying Windows 8 Pro download to a thumb drive??

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    Copying Windows 8 Pro download to a thumb drive??


    I have downloaded and installed Win. 8 using Windows Upgrade Assistant and all went well (So far)

    Can I now write the download to a bootable thumb drive so that it is available as a hard copy? If this is possible, where will I find the downloaded file?

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    Are you talking about the .iso file?
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    Windows has a tool for making bootable flash drives. Just turn the upgrade into an .ISO and install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by brummyfan View Post
    Are you talking about the .iso file?
    I don't know what type of file it is which is why I'm asking where it would have been downloaded to. I can't find it in either of my Downloads folders!
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    Check this post by BillWindows.

    Upgraded, but changed my mind (want clean install, help!)

    Quote Originally Posted by BillWindows
    You should have an upgrade file on your desktop, click on that, it asks some questions and one of them is do you want to install later say yes, then another question do you want to create an ISO file just say yes, when it has created the ISO file, right click on it to burn it to a DVD.
    Then boot from that to completely wipe your disk and reformat, make sure you have your key for when you start the installation. If you have a Windows Live account use that. Make sure you feel comfortable doing this and have anything you need backed up, this worked for me, I hope it works for you.
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    OK, I found the ESD folder and opened Setup but it did not offer me any options other than install.
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    Quote Originally Posted by canuck257 View Post
    OK, I found the ESD folder and opened Setup but it did not offer me any options other than install.
    Its no use using the setup file, that is for setting up Windows, try the setup assistant if you still have it, or any kind of Windows install on your desktop if there.

    If not, try downloading the setup assistant and using it again, if it asks do you want to install now, say no, hopefully it will then give you an option to turn the files into an ISO file, good luck.
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    I tried the upgrade assistant I had and a new download. Both told me that Windows 8 was not available for download on this machine.???
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    Could that be because for some reason he has an esd folder?
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    Do you have all those in ESD,
    Click image for larger version


    If yes, you can make a USB stick. As in this tutorial:
    USB Windows 7 Installation Key Drive - Create - Windows 7 Forums
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