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Can I burn already installed Windows 8 download to disk?

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    Can I burn already installed Windows 8 download to disk?


    It would help if I could find the download, but I can't. I guess I rushed to get it installed and didn't see the "save for later" options. I know it's still on the hard drive someplace.

    Thanks!

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    Windows 8 Pro


    There should be an ESD folder somewhere containing the ISO file. If you can't find it, you can always re-run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant using the key you bought and download it again.
    Last edited by NaySayer; 10 Nov 2012 at 00:01.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NaySayer View Post
    There should be a WindowsESD folder somewhere containing the ISO file. If you can't find it, you can always re-run the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant using the key you bought and download it again.
    I'm not sure that the Upgrade Assistant will allow you to re-download.

    However, there's a download link in the confirmation email you received for your order. You can re-download with that. (In fact, you can use it to download the upgrade from a different Windows PC than the one that you ran the Upgrade Assistant on.)
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    You might need to rt click it and run as administrator.

    The ESD folder is hidden.

    If you want to see it, got to control panel >folder options>View make sure both Hidden Files and Protected Operating System files are showing.

    It is on the root of the Drive C:\ESD
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    Windows 8 Pro


    "I'm not sure that the Upgrade Assistant will allow you to re-download."

    It will, using the original product key.
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    If you did the in place upgrade, ESD folder should still be there.

    That is what it uses for refresh and reset options. If you do the reset - it may remove it.
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    Thanks everybody for responding to my question about using the W8 download after installing it. Un-hiding the folders showed ESD in C:. Also, you can download it again and make a disk or USB version just as if you hadn't downloaded it before. I think Microsoft will permit unlimited downloads; you just can't activate it on a different computer unless you buy a new activation code.
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