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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #131


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    It looks like the final (GA) version was finished on 30/9/13.
    I have TechNet so I haven't bothered trying this trick out. I've been watching with keen interest though. If you can spare a minute I have a question or two to ask.
    It looks like the install media you end up with is Core or Pro, not multi? Depending on the key you enter to download yes?
    Is there actually anything added that isn't in the TechNet ISO, such as the rollup update?
    I do have a Windows 7 PC to try this out on but I'm just wondering if I should bother. If I didn't have TechNet I would have already bit the bullet and done it.

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  2. #132


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    I don't know how to d/l a different language iso, it keeps insisting on en-gb. Changing locale settings doesn't seem to help.

    What is everyone else getting?
    Even after downloading a US English Language Pack I still get this.

    Click image for larger version

    Edit; US English is the display language, so you could try Lang Pack d/l. It's over 200 mb, if I remember right.
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  3. #133


    Chicago USA
    Posts : 84
    Windows 7 Pro and Windows 8.1 Pro 32 bit and 64 bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The first post on this thread explains how.

    A simple summary:

    Download both the install win 8 AND install win 8.1 from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...oduct-key-only

    Run windows8setup.exe, put in your win 8.0 key. As soon as it says "estimating", click the red X at top rt to close it.

    Then run windowsSetupbox.exe, you don't need to enter anything, it will immediately start to d/l 8.1 which gives the option to create an iso.
    Many thanks to you and the OP for the clear instructions. I have a Gateway Mini that won't run apps no matter how you try to tweak it (registry hacks..........external monitor). I am at 65% download as we speak and if my original product key works for installation I will be a happy camper.
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  4. #134


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Well, I'll be buffered; it worked for me too.

    Let me brand myself an idiot, but yes, you need to download both and do the win8 first, hitting that white x on the red background when it starts estimating.

    Now the good bit: when you double click the win 8.1 .exe, instead of that "can't connect" that I have been seeing for 24 hours, the little so-and-so just starts doing the download. Yes! Doh.
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  5. #135


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    They cannot seriously be expecting OEM owners that bought a PC (ok I built mine) to have to always reinstall 8, do all the upgrades and then upgrade to 8.1 via the app store. Can they?

    They are doing nothing but making it take 2hrs longer to do a reinstall. This must be a mistake.
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  6. #136


    bangalore
    Posts : 634
    Windows 8.1 professional x64 + WMC


    I downloaded an made an iso and saved it on my external HDD. How do I delete the downloaded 8.1 on my disk?
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  7. #137


    Quote Originally Posted by mahtin View Post
    Well, I'll be buffered; it worked for me too.

    Let me brand myself an idiot, but yes, you need to download both and do the win8 first, hitting that white x on the red background when it starts estimating.

    Now the good bit: when you double click the win 8.1 .exe, instead of that "can't connect" that I have been seeing for 24 hours, the little so-and-so just starts doing the download. Yes! Doh.
    Glad it's working for you!

    Hope my instructions are clear enough for everyone to follow !! :-D
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  8. #138


    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The first post on this thread explains how.

    A simple summary:

    Download both the install win 8 AND install win 8.1 from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...oduct-key-only

    Run windows8setup.exe, put in your win 8.0 key. As soon as it says "estimating", click the red X at top rt to close it.

    Then run windowsSetupbox.exe, you don't need to enter anything, it will immediately start to d/l 8.1 which gives the option to create an iso.
    Many thanks to you and the OP for the clear instructions. I have a Gateway Mini that won't run apps no matter how you try to tweak it (registry hacks..........external monitor). I am at 65% download as we speak and if my original product key works for installation I will be a happy camper.
    You will most likely need one of those generic keys I heard a lot about for the install. Then you can change the product key (using yours) after install and then activate it. This thread has instructions how.
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  9. #139


    Posts : 8
    windows 8


    Quote Originally Posted by mosharino View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mahtin View Post
    Well, I'll be buffered; it worked for me too.

    Let me brand myself an idiot, but yes, you need to download both and do the win8 first, hitting that white x on the red background when it starts estimating.

    Now the good bit: when you double click the win 8.1 .exe, instead of that "can't connect" that I have been seeing for 24 hours, the little so-and-so just starts doing the download. Yes! Doh.
    Glad it's working for you!

    Hope my instructions are clear enough for everyone to follow !! :-D


    Thank you very much, let's hope everyone else is less caffeine-challenged than me...
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  10. #140


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by mosharino View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mick823 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    The first post on this thread explains how.

    A simple summary:

    Download both the install win 8 AND install win 8.1 from http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/w...oduct-key-only

    Run windows8setup.exe, put in your win 8.0 key. As soon as it says "estimating", click the red X at top rt to close it.

    Then run windowsSetupbox.exe, you don't need to enter anything, it will immediately start to d/l 8.1 which gives the option to create an iso.
    Many thanks to you and the OP for the clear instructions. I have a Gateway Mini that won't run apps no matter how you try to tweak it (registry hacks..........external monitor). I am at 65% download as we speak and if my original product key works for installation I will be a happy camper.
    You will most likely need one of those generic keys I heard a lot about for the install. Then you can change the product key (using yours) after install and then activate it. This thread has instructions how.

    This seems to only work for those with Retail keys...and not OEM :-( Such a shame
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