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Windows 8 Install Disk

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Install Disk


    I would like to find a method for creating a Windows 8 Install Disk after the upgrade. I had a Windows 7 bootable installation disk on a USB flash drive. Is there anyway to get a Windows 8 installation ISO or DVD cheap? (or free? )

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    You have a option when you download to Install, make ISO, or make USB pendrive.
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    Download Win 8 again (use the link in the Email you got) as theog said and have it create a .iso file.
    Download and run Universal USB Installer Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux.
    Select Windows 8 from the dropdown box, point to the .iso and your flash drive (4+GB), press Start and in 10-20 minutes you have Win 8 installable from a flash drive.
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    I tried the upgrade - had a few issues.

    Leaving that aside - I did still have the hidden ESD directory on my partition.

    Everything you need is in there.

    No point in downloading it again.
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    The hidden ESD directory is created by the upgrade process when you don't create an iso, right? Gues that's why I don't have one as I created the .iso then put it on a flash drive to install from.
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    The files should still be there, I created an iso first - to have look at it. Then did the upgrade - the ESD directory is still there. - just make an iso.

    Use oscdimg or cdimage or mkisofs or I believe imgburn will do it , etc.

    Should be very easy for forum regulars.

    The drawback to the iso - whichever way you make - there is no install.wim . Instead there is an install.esd.

    It is heavily compressed so the download is smaller - problem is you can't do much with it except install. I haven't figured out how to customise that.

    If you want a proper install.wim - either get hold of the msdn .iso, or make your own install.wim
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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I tried the upgrade - had a few issues.

    Leaving that aside - I did still have the hidden ESD directory on my partition.

    Everything you need is in there.

    No point in downloading it again.
    How to access?
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  9. #9


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    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The files should still be there, I created an iso first - to have look at it. Then did the upgrade - the ESD directory is still there. - just make an iso.

    Use oscdimg or cdimage or mkisofs or I believe imgburn will do it , etc.

    Should be very easy for forum regulars.

    The drawback to the iso - whichever way you make - there is no install.wim . Instead there is an install.esd.

    It is heavily compressed so the download is smaller - problem is you can't do much with it except install. I haven't figured out how to customise that.

    If you want a proper install.wim - either get hold of the msdn .iso, or make your own install.wim
    How do I make the install.wim
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  10. #10


    Quote Originally Posted by TheGrantFitz View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I tried the upgrade - had a few issues.

    Leaving that aside - I did still have the hidden ESD directory on my partition.

    Everything you need is in there.

    No point in downloading it again.
    How to access?
    The directory is C:\ESD. You can see it if you configure your computer to view hidden files.
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