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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #261


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Roughly:

    RTM is release to manufacturing. Previously that was the final build. Now MS have decided they will RTM , let the oems play around with it, then release the true final build with fixes extra hardware compatibilty and whatever else they can squeeze in to General Availability (GA).

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  2. #262


    N.Y.
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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by mosharino View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by bagavan View Post

    The build numbers are the same

    Windows 8.1 GA Build number: 9600.16404-130913-2141 (The ISO downloaded via my instructions)

    Windows 8.1 RTM Build Number: 9600.16384.130821-1623
    This is after doing a clean install of 8.1 using the ISO.



    O.K. I successfully downloaded the ISO.I might be a noob on this but can someone explain GA and RTM to me,what they mean,what differences are?Plus what are the consequences of a build number for future updates to Windows 8.1.ty It is a fact some were able to do a clean install too?
    When downloaded yesterday i did receive this build 9600.16384.130821-1623 which is RTM,so how do you get the GA ?
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  3. #263


    Queens, NYC
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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Mosharino, IIRC the build was 9600 (I activated so it no longer shows up). And thanks again so much!

    johncarter of Earth, you either mount the ISO image as a virtual disc with UltraISO or something like that or burn it and use the DVD. Go to the top level and start setup from your current OS boot to do a migrating upgrade. To do a clean install I think you need to burn and boot from the DVD.

    I did a migrating upgrade and it worked perfectly pretty much. Only a Cisco VPN utility had to be re-installed.
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  4. #264


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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You can find that lots of ways. E.G use 7-zip to open the iso, open sources folder, open boot.wim and copy out winload.exe onto your desktop.

    Click image for larger version

    Then just check it with rt click >properties.

    Click image for larger version

    16415 is the new version of that file.Modified 30/9/13
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  5. #265


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    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    I believe if the key stored it bios it wont work need a new key just tried again on laptop with vista had 8 but screen resolution was to low to run 8 properly so need new key
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  6. #266


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    @Dave, Check your pm.

    You can't download it on Vista.

    If you have key stored in bios ( oem preinstall ) you can't use that to download 8.1. GA either. Oem users have been left up the creek.

    What you can do is install it with default key, then activate with oem key - pretty sure the activation will be fine. You must find and save your oem key first - if you are using 8.0 oem preinstall, you won't have it on a sticker. You can find it with ProduKey - Recover lost product key (CD-Key) of Windows/MS-Office/SQL Server or directly with RwPortableV1.6.4.zip

    If you use RW look under ACPI tables >MSDM table . The key is at the bottom called Data

    You just need to get hold of the iso.
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  7. #267


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


    This has been said many times in this thread, when clean installing with Windows 8.1 DVD use a generic key, than ACTIVTE with the Windows 8 key.

    Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key.
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  8. #268


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    Windows 8.1 update 1 Pro X64 with WMC


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    @Dave, Check your pm.

    You can't download it on Vista.

    If you have key stored in bios ( oem preinstall ) you can't use that to download 8.1. GA either. Oem users have been left up the creek.

    What you can do is install it with default key, then activate with oem key - pretty sure the activation will be fine.

    You just need to get hold of the iso.
    I cant get the new iso sadly always get cant connect at moment I used a retail key I found online to try download iso it accepted key just get cant connect error least I got the rtm iso I guess
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  9. #269


    Queens, NYC
    Posts : 16
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64


    Thanks for that insight, SIW2.
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  10. #270


    N.Y.
    Posts : 2,214
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    When downloaded yesterday i received this build 9600.16384.130821-1623.Does it really matter what build you get?
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