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To Microsoft: 8.1 ISO wanted no account via the store

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    Hafnarfjrur IS
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    To Microsoft: 8.1 ISO wanted no account via the store


    Hi there
    I think with the impending release of Windows 8.1 those people who can't get enterprise via TechNet or work should also be allowed access to the relevant ISO download rather than have to set up an account with Ms and then use the wretched store to "Upgrade" even if it does a "New install".

    What about people out there who don't necessarily even WANT Internet access on their machines --nothing wrong with Stand alone boxes for certain purposes -- for example even simple File and Print servers that don't need Internet access.

    The idea of having to go through bells and whistles to set up Local accounts on windows 8.1 is nonsense. Also a lot of people often re-install Windows for all sorts of reasons --doing this from an ISO is far simpler than having to sort out downloads from the store --and what happens in any case if on the day you want to install Windows 8.1 you don't have Internet access for all sorts of reasons so you couldn't get to the stupid store even if you wanted to.

    I'm not surprised changes are taking place at the top of Ms --otherwise it will sink faster than the Titanic.

    Cheers
    jimbo

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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    This is more than your typical service pack or Windows update. Its a kernel change and a whole lot more. Upgrade installs almost always have issues. I'd just as soon go right to 8.1 on a reinstall.
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    ISOs are a MUST HAVE even if I have a MS account!
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by HippsieGypsie View Post
    ISOs are a MUST HAVE even if I have a MS account!
    another to that.
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    USA
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    Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center


    Wow.... I actually agree with Jimbo on this

    +1
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    I agree. I want to do a clean install on my system and having to install 8 and then get the update through the store is a PIA. MS has said it wont release the ISO to the general public but hopefully that will change. The other question, with a clean install of 8.1 from a ISO will your 8 key work? Still a lot of questions which hopefully will be answered by Oct 17.

    Jim
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Jimbo, are you saying that MS's trend is to do AWAY with Disk Installers completely?

    My LIFE and LIVELIHOOD depend on ISO images.

    This is just another attempt by MS to make us knuckle under and do things their way and their way ONLY. *******s.

    I think it's also an attempt to make, er, "Unauthorised Copies of MS OSes" more difficult by not offering any disks at all that can be downloaded or traded. They forget that this is gonna happen regardless. The reason why it happens so much with MS OSes is BECAUSE it's locked up like a virgin wearing a chastity belt. You never see it happen to Apple OSes, cos Apple don't lock them down six ways from Sunday. Apple OS? Stick the disk in and do a clean install, 15 minutes later it's in (Except for iOS which now has MS-Style authorization and SIGNING). MS OS? ya gotta jump through all kinds of ritualistic and legalistic and religious hoops.

    Forget about all of the system builders and developers who LEGITIMATELY require - That's REQUIRE - ISO Images and disks- And let's just make it more difficult for users whose OSes have developed problems that can ONLY be fixed from the Install Disk.

    Jimbo - They are designing these POS OSes so that they absolutely REQUIRE internet connectivity. Screw the people that need Stand Alone OSes.
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    Covington, La
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    Windows 7 HP 64bit, Windows 8.1 Pro w/Media Center 64BIT


    MS will release 8.1 discs to the Retail channel and probably ISO's to TechNet and MSDN but not to the general public.

    Jim
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Well I used an ISO I found to make an 8.1 VM. I was not impressed, I think 8 is better.
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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Well I used an ISO I found to make an 8.1 VM. I was not impressed, I think 8 is better.
    Yeah, you can get ISOs of the Preview, but Microsoft have said that there won't be ISOs for consumers of the full release of 8.1.

    It's in the comments on this blog post:
    Mark your calendars for Windows 8.1!

    Quote Originally Posted by Brandon LeBlanc from Microsoft
    Consumers will only be able to get Windows 8.1 for free through the Windows Store. ISO images wont be made available broadly for consumers. For most consumers, the Windows Store is the easiest and most efficient route for updating a Windows 8 device to Windows 8.1.
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