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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #141

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    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
    Do you mean for the cchange product key part? I know you need a retail for the download part.

    Such a shame for those with OEM keys.

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  2. #142

    Posts : 20
    Windows 8.1 64 bit

    Quote Originally Posted by mahanddeem View Post
    Useless trick.

    This trick doesn't allow current Win8 key owners to download 8.1 ISO so I can't see where the trick is !
    Incorrect.... it does allow the download of 8.1 which however shows the 8.0 reg details, so wont install separately unless the generic key, as above is first used (?)
    I wont risk that.
    Meanwhile the 8.1 update version from Microsoft store I installed on 17/10/13 had generated its own new registration key .
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  3. #143

    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10

    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    I have no idea why?
    OEM manufacturer's License.

    Quote Originally Posted by Microsoft
    For the software generally, contact the manufacturer or installer for support options. Refer to the support number provided with the software.
    Just to expand on this, as I think this is why there is no ISO...

    PCs with Windows 8 pre-installed were only sold from 26 Oct 2012, so they're all less than a year old today.

    So in most countries that mean you'll still be covered by the Manufacturer's warranty and be able to call the OEM for support. If you do, then the OEM will be able to talk you through using the Recovery Partition or other features they've installed to help you.

    If you pay Microsoft to upgrade from XP/7 etc. to Windows 8 or 8.1, then Microsoft would provide some support, but for the 8->8.1 upgrade, you haven't paid them anything.

    If a user with the free upgrade from 8 to 8.1 needs support, then I believe it's still the OEM's responsibility to fix it, as it probably would be if you'd installed a Service Pack.

    So the last thing the OEMs want is lots of users downloading ISOs, wiping their Recovery Partitions etc, and then coming to the OEM for support when they have problems, which the OEM can no longer fix as easily.
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  4. #144

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    Yes, there is only one image.

    The rollup is included. You also get the new boot.wim and winre.wim with 16415 version boot files.

    Unfortunately it is an install.esd, that bit is the same you get from the store upgrade thing.

    I wouldn't use an os unless I had the proper installation media.

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    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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  5. #145

    Posts : 1
    Windows 8

    8.1 .iso downloaded by this metod, is final and the same iso which will be sold in stores?
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  6. #146

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    It is final. Not sure if the store versions will have it packed differently. The downloaded version is packed in a compressed file called an esd. The store version may well be in .wim format. Maybe not.

    It appears MS is trying to control everything. Locking the image away in an esd is one way to do it.
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  7. #147

    Posts : 10
    windows 8 pro x64

    i am using windows 8 pro..evry time i run it says ..cant connect to inetrnet...?

    internet is working ..!!
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  8. #148

    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1

    Guys can any of you please give me a torrent link for the Genuine Win 8.1 Pro En-GB ISO file? Thanks in advance.
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  9. #149

    ...hmmm, first post, hasn't read the rules,...bait
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  10. #150

    Posts : 42
    Windows 8.1

    Quote Originally Posted by DMHolt57 View Post
    ...hmmm, first post, hasn't read the rules,...bait
    Can I please know which rules I have broken. I didn't ask for any pirated torrent links. I asked for the genuine ISO file from Microsoft.
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