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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #401


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    There is probably a way of dumping the iso contents on your drive somewhere, then pointing reagentc at it. Might be a good idea for oem preinstalls. That would better than refresh/reset to the oem bloatware filled image.

    More advanced users would be even better using the rtm install.wim as their image,you can service that - add and remove updates/packages, etc. If you want to go the whole hog, you could sysprep your own custom install.wim as your recovery media. Weirdly, if you try and syprep 8.1 image, you have to go thru oobe before you can install updates.That means creating a user to get past oobe, then go into audit mode get the updates and delete the user you just created before generalising.

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  2. #402


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    That seems to have stopped the thread. Might go into 8.1 and have a look.

    EDIT : I haven't got esd folder now so can't check.

    If anyone has it, please check to see if/how that is triggered.
    Last edited by SIW2; 22 Oct 2013 at 13:12.
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  4. #404


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    Windows 10 Pro 64bit


    O.K. i want to let all of you know it was a success from Windows 8.1 ISO on OP's first post here.I Successfully did a clean install with Windows 8.1 ISO with the generic key and activated it with the original Windows 8 Pro upgrade key.All is working good,actually Win 8.1 seems even faster then 8.0.Thanks for all the help and input in previous posts.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  6. #406


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    Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit with Media Center


    Quote Originally Posted by jds63 View Post
    O.K. i want to let all of you know it was a success from Windows 8.1 ISO on OP's first post here.I Successfully did a clean install with Windows 8.1 ISO with the generic key and activated it with the original Windows 8 Pro upgrade key.All is working good,actually Win 8.1 seems even faster then 8.0.Thanks for all the help and input in previous posts.
    ^ Same here. Worked great!
    Thank you for all your help.
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  7. #407


    Any chance you can make your ESD-ISO tool work with the 8.1 upgrade? I'm playing with it now since I do have the C:\ESD folder.
    I downloaded ISOCreator and using it to create an ISO from C:\ESD\Windows.
    Next i'll use USB Universal Installer to create a bootable flsh drive and see if it works.

    If it does then the ESD-ISO tool you made could work right?

    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Perhaps it uses the ESD contents for a refresh/reset ?

    I cbb to boot into 81 and check. If you have the esd on your drive, have a look at reagentc /info and see what it says.

    As an aside:
    I have never been able to get refresh to work from booted media. Pointless having the option there if it does nothing.
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  8. #408


    Okay, that worked! I now have a bootable USB flash drive with Windows 8.1 Pro X86 upgrade on it.
    It boots and starts the install. I can get into all the areas, including Repair, Command Prompt, etc.

    Guess I need to write this up step by step but it's pretty easy. Only useful if you've already done the upgrade via the store and want the iso for future use.
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  9. #409


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    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Can't download


    Still getting can't connect but i wondered if it was anything to do with "Intel network connections 18..." being installed??

    When i first installed windows 8 i had to uninstall it for it to install
    i could only install them after

    could be off track but its just a thought if you're getting so far into download then have issues??

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  10. #410


    Hello Guys,

    I have successfully downloaded the ISO and burnt to DVD windows 8.1.

    I am trying to install it to a virtual install using VMware Player (the latest version), I have got to the stage in the install where it is asking me for the product key, I am entering the Windows 8.1 Professional Generic Key:- XHQ8N-C3MCJ-RQXB6-WCHYG-C9WKB and I'm getting the following error "We could not verify the product key, please check you installation media"

    What am I doing wrong?

    Thanks

    Tony

    *******Update, I have restarted the install and it has now accepted the serial number*******
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