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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #411


    Posts : 79
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Quote Originally Posted by tonymarcus View Post
    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
    Key is DEAD, No longer valid i think i tried it

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  2. #412


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


    Quote Originally Posted by gavanid View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by tonymarcus View Post
    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
    Key is DEAD, No longer valid i think i tried it
    The key will work, but DEAD to ACTIVATE.
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  3. #413


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    You could never activate with the default key. It is just for installing. It works fine , just tried it 30 seconds ago.

    After you have installed, then enter your valid 8.0 key.

    There might be something wrong with your install media. I had that message when I put a borked install.wim inside. It worked fine again when I put a rebuilt install.wim in. It also works fine with the original install.esd.
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  4. #414


    it now works guys, I just restarted the VM Machine and attempted to install again and it accepted it that time.
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  5. #415

    How to create a Windows 8.1 ISO after upgrade from store


    I don't know how to create an official Eightforums tutorial, so this is the best I can do.

    If you have already done the upgrade to Windows 8.1 from the store then you can create a ISO file of the \ESD\Windows folder then make a bootable DVD or flash drive for future use as follows:

    First, verify you have the \ESD\Windows folder on your boot drive. It should have the following files and folders:

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    1. Download, install and run ISOCreator.

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    2. Leave ISO File Path asis. Change Volume Name to reflect the version of Windows 8.1 you upgraded, like Win8-1ProX86. Click the Browse button under Folder Path and select C:\ESD\Windows.

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    3. Click Start.

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    When complete,

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    C:\MyIso.iso will exist. This is the ISO file you will use to create a bootable DVD or flash drive from. Just close the ISOCreator window.

    4. Download Universal USB Installer ? Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux to a folder. No install needed, just double click on Universal-USB-Installer-1.9.4.4.exe to start it.

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    5. Click I Agree.

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    6. In the Step 1: Select a Linux Distribution drop down, click on the arrow then scroll all the way to the bottom and select Windows 8 Installer.

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    7. Click on the Browse button under Step 2: Select your *.iso. Navigate to the iso you created with ISOCreator. Default would be C:\MyIso.iso. Click on it then click Open.

    8. Click on the drop down under Step 3: Select your USB Flash drive Letter Only. Also check the Format check box.

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    9. Click the Create button then click Yes. The flash drive will be formatted then the Windows 8.1 data will be written to it.

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    10. When complete (10 to 15 minutes), click the Close button then use the Safely Remove Hardware and Eject Media icon to remove the flash drive you just created.

    That's it, you're done. Boot the flash drive to start install of the Windows 8.1 upgrade.
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  6. #416


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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1
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  7. #417


    Hah! Wish I'd seen that first. Thanks. I tried the ESD-ISO.EXE from Win 8 that SIW2 made but did not know there was one that worked for 8.1

    Might be good to delete my post to avoid confusion.
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  8. #418


    I tried ESD-ISO before I did the tutorial and got this error:

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    I did not realize the files HAD to be on the Desktop. I was running them from a folder under my Sources folder on a different drive. Copied them to the Desktop and they run just fine.

    Why the requirement to run from the Desktop? Not a big deal, just curious.

    Great tool and nice tutorial!
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  9. #419


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    ESD-TO-ISO will work with 8.1. But only if you downloaded the whole thing and just forgot to make an iso. It won't work with just the files just downloaded for upgrade - they are different.
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  10. #420


    Posts : 5,360
    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin


    Doesn't need to be on the desktop, but needs to be on the same drive.
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