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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #221


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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?
    The upgrade Product key will only download Pro.

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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


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  3. #223


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    Windows 8.1, 10


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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?
    The upgrade Product key will only download Pro.
    Yes but if you buy a Core Product Key from one of those links in the Microsoft Store (which is an Upgrade in the case of 8.0 and Upgrade+anything else for 8.1) , then you'll get a Core Product Key and presumably somewhere to download it from.
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  4. #224


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


    Quote Originally Posted by DavidY View Post
    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?
    That's about how it works for the TechNet ISO's. The product key entered during the install determines what version is installed. If you install 8 Core, the files for the Pro features are installed too but those Pro features are disabled. That way you can enter a Pro key though "add features" and upgrade to Pro and not need a DVD to do it. Right now I'm not sure what you get via this download trick.
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  5. #225


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    For gavanid and anyone else with the same problem

    Enable hidden items in Windows Explorer (in the View tab) then go to

    C:/Users/your username/AppData/Local/Microsoft/WebSetup

    then delete all folders in there. Reboot and start the process again.

    Mine's downloading 8.1 iso as I type.
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  6. #226


    Quote Originally Posted by Duckface View Post
    For gavanid and anyone else with the same problem

    Enable hidden items in Windows Explorer (in the View tab) then go to

    C:/Users/your username/AppData/Local/Microsoft/WebSetup

    then delete all folders in there. Reboot and start the process again.

    Mine's downloading 8.1 iso as I type.
    Hi Duckface,

    Glad that you sorted it in the end. I'd been looking out for something that may help you.

    Hope the install goes smoother!
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  7. #227


    Manchester, UK
    Posts : 113
    OS X / Windows 8.1 Pro / Ubuntu 13.10


    Thanks mosharino for that.
    It seems something just got stuck and wouldn't proceed. Clearing those folders has done the job.
    Installs done already - this is for backup/re-installing purposes (seeing as I wrecked my Windows 8 install USB).
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  8. #228


    Posts : 79
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by Duckface View Post
    For gavanid and anyone else with the same problem

    Enable hidden items in Windows Explorer (in the View tab) then go to

    C:/Users/your username/AppData/Local/Microsoft/WebSetup

    then delete all folders in there. Reboot and start the process again.

    Mine's downloading 8.1 iso as I type.
    LOL Now i'm getting can't Connect at the moment

    Probably overloaded LOL

    Thnx for the Tip
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  9. #229


    Posts : 6
    Windows 8.1


    may i ask you guys if you know if the new iso files from technet are good?

    cause i have this one >> Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x64) - DVD (English) [Release Date: 10/17/2013 >>> en_windows_8_1_pro_vl_x64_dvd_2971948.iso] but i dont think these are rtm cause after installation it says Evaluation copy
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  10. #230


    Posts : 3
    windows 8 pro


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by johncarter123 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Philip Yip View Post
    Well last time I linked to my Guides on WordPress I got banned for a blogspam. So I will instead link to the Dell Community which in turn leads to WordPress: Downloading Windows 8.1 using a Windows 8.0 Product Key - Windows 8 - Software & Operating Systems - Dell Community
    I have wrote this fix/workaround in more detail and performed 2 clean installations after secure wipes with DBAN. I had to use the generic key to install and the actual key to activate. I can say that it works.



    The guide should help address some of the questions I see on this thread.
    ty i will try when download finished..i read already your post...and there has the generic key...=)...will inform when its work..ty sir..=)
    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
    lastly its WORKED!!!just follow these step..=)
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