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will we be able to download 8.1 iso that can clean install

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    will we be able to download 8.1 iso that can clean install


    I'd rather download an 8.1 ISO so I don't have to first install Windows 8 then install the 8.1 upgrade. Is this going to be possible? Will Microsoft allow us to download the ISO? Or is this through the normal update process? I don't know how the preview went because I didn't go through with the preview (didn't want to reinstall everything).

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    One does need the 8 RTM to qualify for the free upgrade. Haven't heard any word on an ISO for the general public for upgrade as of yet. Hopefully they will so as to fresh install.

    If not a MSDN or Technet subscriber, one can purchase it through the MS online store. In fact they are now taking pre-release orders. It is a separate edition in its own right.
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    so windows 8 owners are only entitled to an upgrade version?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyvu View Post
    so windows 8 owners are only entitled to an upgrade version?
    Yes. A free upgrade, otherwise you have to buy the edition.
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    alright, thanks for the info. I tried to give you a thumbs up but it says I must spread the love first...
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    Lol! Thanks for the effort on that. Go spread the love then.
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    Hafnarfjörður IS
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    Hi there

    Sorry to be the "5th player in a String Quartet" but I think those who want the ISO as an upgrade are going to be disappointed since the FREE upgrade will only work via the "wretched Store" app which performs an in place upgrade - I think it will download an installer file and then off you go.

    This might also have repercussions as it will insist on a Ms account while installing -- the standard trick is to disconnect from the Internet at install time so you can get a Local account.

    I'm a TechNet subscriber so I got the .ISO - however I'm not sure exactly how the store will work but I'm sure it will be different from those wishing to get the full retail copy.

    You'll all see next week anyway.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    There is always OEM ISO. Fortunately some of us qualify as System Builders.
    I will not be dragged in to the registration stuff if I can avoid it.

    Not for me, not for my work.
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    I contacted Microsoft today asking about this, I was told that the preview version was an upgrade through the store, but as of today they had no info on whether there was going to be an iso available for download, she said we'd have to wait till it was released to find out. Was no great help in the long run.
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