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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #211


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Windows 8.1 (from TechNet or MSDN) has to update to very large patches, as from couple of days go. Windows 8 upgrade already has them
    The TechNet ISO's are multi edition, they have the files to install Core or Pro. The 64 bit edition is 3.8 gigs. The downloaded ISO via this workaround is single edition only, Core or Pro, depending on what product code you enter. The file size will vary depending of if its 32 bit or 64 bit, Core or Pro. As far as why its smaller than the store update download, my guess is its because one is an ISO file and the other isn't. The ISO likely contains compressed files and the temporary store download doesn't.
    There is NO Windows 8 Core to download.
    Why do you say that?

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  2. #212


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    This whole thing is just insane.

    Does anyone know when you do a clean install of 8, would the 8.1 automatically appear in the app store? Or do you have to run all the windows updates first?
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  3. #213


    Posts : 5,592
    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post

    The TechNet ISO's are multi edition, they have the files to install Core or Pro. The 64 bit edition is 3.8 gigs. The downloaded ISO via this workaround is single edition only, Core or Pro, depending on what product code you enter. The file size will vary depending of if its 32 bit or 64 bit, Core or Pro. As far as why its smaller than the store update download, my guess is its because one is an ISO file and the other isn't. The ISO likely contains compressed files and the temporary store download doesn't.
    There is NO Windows 8 Core to download.
    Why do you say that?
    The Upgrade from Windows 7 & lower is Windows 8/8.1 Pro only.
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  4. #214


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post

    There is NO Windows 8 Core to download.
    Why do you say that?
    The Upgrade from Windows 7 & lower is Windows 8/8.1 Pro only.
    As a test I just went though it again, this time entering a Windows 8 (core) Retail key and did the download. The file sizes are different but not what I was expecting. The one downloaded with a Pro key was 3,208,960 KB and the one with the Core key is 3,209,088 KB. I was expecting the Pro ISO to be bigger. Anybody know what file in the ISO I would look at to determine if one is Pro and the other Core?
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  5. #215


    Posts : 10
    windows 8 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by deepakshrm898 View Post
    hi, i m currently running win 8 pro on my hp laptop. Despite all up to dating my os, window 8.1 upgrade option is not coming on window store. I tried all those ways mentioned in ur post but all failed. Kindly suggest me any alternative or if any link is there to download 8.1 iso file. Help would be much awaited

    have you tried to install KB2871389, update from windows update..its around 13MB..i was facing the same problem but going threw this solution it worked for me..!!
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  6. #216


    Posts : 79
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    No Go


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  7. #217


    Manchester, UK
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    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    Same here..........still!
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  8. #218


    Posts : 10
    windows 8 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by lnoton View Post
    This whole thing is just insane.

    Does anyone know when you do a clean install of 8, would the 8.1 automatically appear in the app store? Or do you have to run all the windows updates first?
    you have to install KB2871389, from windows update..
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  9. #219


    Posts : 959
    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    The Upgrade from Windows 7 & lower is Windows 8/8.1 Pro only.
    People who buy one of these upgrades will be doing a download though?
    Windows 8 - Microsoft Store United Kingdom Online Store
    Windows 8.1 - Microsoft Store United Kingdom Online Store

    Are you saying that the download is the same for both and the Core Product Key disables the Pro features?
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  10. #220


    Posts : 10
    windows 8 pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by davehc View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by anuj kumar View Post
    well..can someone please explain....why..windows 8.1 iso downloaded from this trick is 3.07GB...and upgrade from windows store is 3.42GB...???????

    thank you in advance..!!
    Windows 8.1 (from TechNet or MSDN) has to update to very large patches, as from couple of days go. Windows 8 upgrade already has them

    The TechNet ISO's are multi edition, they have the files to install Core or Pro. The 64 bit edition is 3.8 gigs. The downloaded ISO via this workaround is single edition only, Core or Pro, depending on what product code you enter. The file size will vary depending of if its 32 bit or 64 bit, Core or Pro. As far as why its smaller than the store update download, my guess is its because one is an ISO file and the other isn't. The ISO likely contains compressed files and the temporary store download doesn't.
    what i came to know from all these..its a iso ,so its compressed and may not include updates so its smaller around 400MB..
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