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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #431

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

    Ask your friend to unhide the folder.

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  2. #432

    I did show hidden folders, files and drives, still not there.
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  3. #433

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    I think it depends what you downloaded.

    Maybe if he downloaded the upgrade files (not the full iso thing ), then it deletes the esd folder as part of the upgrade process.

    If you d/l the full iso , then it keeps the esd folder on the drive.
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  4. #434

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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64

    I want to point out the upgrade failed for me because my boot partition was on an external PCI-E controller, not the motherboard-native controller. After I moved my boot partition to the on-board controller the upgrade was pretty much perfect. Once I had the OS upgraded I moved the partition back to the external controller where I wanted it and activated there no problems.
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  5. #435

    He just did the upgrade via the store, same as I did.
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  6. #436

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    7/8/ubuntu/Linux Deepin

    Not sure then. I did the regular upgrade and it deleted the esd folder. Might depend how much space you have on that partition.
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  7. #437

    I updated before the store showed the update, instructions for 81preview to 81 final at Microsoft are gone now but was,,, open store while downloading/installing . I had no ESD after all was done.

    I also downloaded a second time the update from the 'Upgrade Windows with only a product key' page which allows you to make media and then I suddenly had an ESD added to the 8.1 install & also the install from web desktop icon pointing to 'C:\Users\mike\AppData\Local\Microsoft\WebSetup\Sources\WebSetup.exe /late elevate'
    I haven't run the disk cleanup to see what it removes from this 2nd time update download.
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  8. #438

    Quote Originally Posted by TimK View Post
    I found a link to very similar instructions on the site
    Yup, and at the end of the article he mentions where he got the info from...
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  9. #439

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    Windows 8.1 Pro

    This only works if you bought W8 at a retail location, not if you have an OEM machine or (like me) bought he update. Shouldn't we be entitled to a reinstall ISO file as well? PS: I tried the generic keys from MSDN or Technet & they did not work. :-(
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  10. #440

    I made the dvd from the iso gotten from the start of this thread. I tried to do a clean install on a blank reformatted hdd and all went well untill I got to the place where I chose "custom install" and then it said it could not find a proper partition and would go no farther. What are the people on this thread calling a clean install? I think you may have to already have win 8 installed first? Any help? Thanks.
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