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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #331


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


    If anybody's interested the downloaded files are placed in a hidden ESD folder in the route of your Windows drive. Once your all done making your media you may want to delete them to free up space. I haven't figured out how to make WindowsSetupBox.exe start all over from the beginning. Now when I run it, it skips right to install Windows. If you delete the ESD folder it will still try to make the ISO but fail.

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  2. #332


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


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If anybody's interested the downloaded files are placed in a hidden ESD folder in the route of your Windows drive. Once your all done making your media you may want to delete them to free up space. I haven't figured out how to make WindowsSetupBox.exe start all over from the beginning. Now when I run it, it skips right to install Windows. If you delete the ESD folder it will still try to make the ISO but fail.
    Go to
    C:/Users/username/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Websetup
    and delete all the folders in there.
    You can then start again.
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  3. #333


    West Sussex, UK
    Posts : 29
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64 bit w/Media Center


    Thanks Mosharino,
    I downloaded and copied the ISO to a USB drive successfully.

    Probably rather a simplistic question but I'd also like a bootable DVD. Can I just burn the USB files to a DVD to achieve this?
    Thanks in advance
    Pedro
    Last edited by pedro38; 21 Oct 2013 at 12:19. Reason: didn't finish
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  4. #334


    Posts : 10
    windows 8 pro x64


    Explain...downloaded windows 8.1 iso is little bit different size for different user as far i came to know...so is it customized iso file according to user's system in which its downloaded.????
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  5. #335


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


    Quote Originally Posted by pedro38 View Post
    Thanks Mosharino,
    I downloaded and copied the ISO to a USB drive successfully.

    Probably rather a simplistic question but I'd also like a bootable DVD. Can I just burn the USB files to a DVD to achieve this?
    Thanks in advance
    Pedro
    You would burn the iso to a disc.
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  6. #336


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Duckface View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    If anybody's interested the downloaded files are placed in a hidden ESD folder in the route of your Windows drive. Once your all done making your media you may want to delete them to free up space. I haven't figured out how to make WindowsSetupBox.exe start all over from the beginning. Now when I run it, it skips right to install Windows. If you delete the ESD folder it will still try to make the ISO but fail.
    Go to
    C:/Users/username/AppData/Local/Microsoft/Websetup
    and delete all the folders in there.
    You can then start again.
    OK, great thanks for that I'll test it out latter.
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  7. #337


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


    Quote Originally Posted by pedro38 View Post
    Thanks Mosharino,
    I downloaded and copied the ISO to a USB drive successfully.

    Probably rather a simplistic question but I'd also like a bootable DVD. Can I just burn the USB files to a DVD to achieve this?
    Thanks in advance
    Pedro
    If you run though it again it will skip right to the install part without downloading it all again. The select create ISO instead of create USB drive. Then you can burn a disk from the ISO. If you just copy/burn the files on the thumb drive your DVD won't be bootable.
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  8. #338


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


    Quote Originally Posted by anuj kumar View Post
    Explain...downloaded windows 8.1 iso is little bit different size for different user as far i came to know...so is it customized iso file according to user's system in which its downloaded.????
    I don't know why the sizes are different but technically, your not actually downloading an ISO. Your downloading a folder full of files, and then you decide what to do with them. Make an ISO, create a bootable thumb drive or install from the folder. The ISO is actually created on your PC not downloaded.
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  9. #339


    Posts : 79
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    I still keep getting "Unable to connect"
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  10. #340


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


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    Question: you're telling me they would put out a new build over couple of days of Windows 8.1 being out, or is it that there is just the one in microsoft store and the technet one leaked over internet?This is getting confusing
    The one you get though the Store is a new build. Its being referred to as the GA build. General Availability. The leaked TechNet ISO was the RTM build. Release To Manufacture. The GA build is newer and has updates not found in the RTM build. If your doing a clean install you want the GA build. Microsoft has not put the Retail GA build up on TechNet. It wasn't there the last time I checked, so the only way to get it is with this download work around.
    O.K. so that is the way i did it,from the OP's first post here,so i am good to go.ty
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