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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #631


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    My version is Win8.1 Pro. Those keys posted show Win8. Would they get me Win 8.1 Pro?
    My TechNet ISO's are multi edition, they can install Core or Pro depending on what product code you enter during the install. I'm pretty sure Retail DVD's work the same way. There isn't a Core only DVD and a Pro only DVD.
    I think that's what mine is cuz it showed this near the beginning of the install and I don't recall ever seeing this option:
    Attachment 37406
    Uh, no, that just means its been modified. My TechNet ISO's don't show that menu. Somebody added an ei.cfg file or something. I think what that menu does is it lets you do is install without entering a Product Code. You can't do that with the official unmodified install media and you don't get that menu.

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  2. #632


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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Uh, no, that just means its been modified. My TechNet ISO's don't show that menu. Somebody added an ei.cfg file or something. I think what that menu does is it lets you do is install without entering a Product Code. You can't do that with the official unmodified install media and you don't get that menu.
    That's probably why my version is somewhat 'buggered up'!
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  3. #633


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    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Uh, no, that just means its been modified. My TechNet ISO's don't show that menu. Somebody added an ei.cfg file or something. I think what that menu does is it lets you do is install without entering a Product Code. You can't do that with the official unmodified install media and you don't get that menu.
    That's probably why my version is somewhat 'buggered up'!
    It's definitely a sign that its been altered.
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  4. #634


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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X64.ENGLISH.DVD-WZT
    FILE: Windows_8.1_EN-US_x64.ISO
    SIZE: 3,899,295,744 byte
    SHA-1: BC2F7FF5C91C9F0F8676E39E703085C65072139B

    MICROSOFT.WINDOWS.8.1.RTM.X64.UNITED.KINGDOM.DVD-WZT
    FILE: 9600.16384.130821-1623_x64fre_Client_EN-GB-IRM_CCSA_DV5.ISO
    SIZE: 3,904,124,928 byte
    SHA-1: 42458E48CECEBAB8BF5D58220478FDA42B0D2990
    Obviously those "SHA-1" codes aren't normal 25 digit codes. Can anyone tell me how to use them?
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  5. #635


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    Windows 7 DVD's are similar in that they actually contain all the different versions. They have an ei.cfg file that locks them into one specific version. If you remove that file you get a menu like you posted above that lets you pick which version to install. Even Stater if its a 32 bit DVD. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Microsoft changed it up for Windows 8 as there is no ei.cfg file. It's a different mode to get that screen in 8. I'm not sure there even is a tutorial on it or what to search for.

    EDIT: Found it sort of. Creating a Windows 8 DVD to install ANY version
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  6. #636


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    This is what is listed on TechNet, you can look it up yourself even without a subscription under subscriber downloads. You just can't actually download it.

    Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English-United Kingdom)
    File Name: en-gb_windows_8_1_x64_dvd_2707421.iso
    SHA1: 42458E48CECEBAB8BF5D58220478FDA42B0D2990

    Windows 8.1 (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English)
    File Name: en_windows_8_1_x64_dvd_2707217.iso
    SHA1: BC2F7FF5C91C9F0F8676E39E703085C65072139B
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  7. #637


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    Windows 10


    edit:

    Create installation media for Windows 8.1

    Take a look at this post: link
    Last edited by genet; 07 Nov 2014 at 15:50.
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  8. #638


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


    Quote Originally Posted by Edwin View Post
    Uh, no, that just means its been modified. My TechNet ISO's don't show that menu. Somebody added an ei.cfg file or something. I think what that menu does is it lets you do is install without entering a Product Code. You can't do that with the official unmodified install media and you don't get that menu.
    That's probably why my version is somewhat 'buggered up'!
    No just has the ei.cfg file added.

    For OEM:

    [EditionID]

    [Channel]
    OEM
    [VL]
    0


    or

    For Retail:

    [EditionID]

    [Channel]
    retail
    [VL]
    0

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  9. #639


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows 7 DVD's are similar in that they actually contain all the different versions. They have an ei.cfg file that locks them into one specific version. If you remove that file you get a menu like you posted above that lets you pick which version to install. Even Stater if its a 32 bit DVD. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Microsoft changed it up for Windows 8 as there is no ei.cfg file. It's a different mode to get that screen in 8. I'm not sure there even is a tutorial on it or what to search for.

    EDIT: Found it sort of. Creating a Windows 8 DVD to install ANY version
    Thanks for the heads up guys.

    Interesting, but still doesn't really solve my problem.

    Unless I subscribe to Technet to download the ISO, or buy a W8.1 version, I still haven't got software without paying for it. For reasons of economics I'll stick with the store upgrade.

    It's ironic that those who bought the cheap upgrade for $40 odd, get to be able to download the ISO, but those who bought the OEM Pro in the shops for nearly 4 times the price have to download the upgrade from the store and get no ISO.
    Last edited by Mustang; 15 Feb 2014 at 03:57.
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  10. #640


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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Windows 7 DVD's are similar in that they actually contain all the different versions. They have an ei.cfg file that locks them into one specific version. If you remove that file you get a menu like you posted above that lets you pick which version to install. Even Stater if its a 32 bit DVD. Windows 7 Universal Installation Disc - Create - Windows 7 Help Forums
    Microsoft changed it up for Windows 8 as there is no ei.cfg file. It's a different mode to get that screen in 8. I'm not sure there even is a tutorial on it or what to search for.

    EDIT: Found it sort of. Creating a Windows 8 DVD to install ANY version
    Thanks for the heads up guys.

    Interesting, but still doesn't really solve my problem.

    Unless I subscribe to Technet to download the ISO, or buy a W8.1 version, I still haven't got software without paying for it. For reasons of economics I'll stick with the store upgrade.

    It's ironic that those who bought the cheap upgrade for $40 odd, get to be able to download the ISO, but those who bought the OEM Pro in the shops for nearly 4 times the price have to download the upgrade from the store and get no ISO.
    It's not a price thing its an OEM versus Retail thing. Some of it likely has to do with support for the different versions. If you buy Retail you get phone support etc from Microsoft. If you buy a PC with an OEM install you call the manufacturer for tech support, not Microsoft. If you buy OEM off of the shelf you are tech support. Letting people download from that web link with OEM keys opens up a kettle of fish. If they have issues who do they call, Microsoft or the PC manufacturer. Microsoft could say its OEM call the Manufacturer, and the manufacturer (OEM) could say you wiped our install so call Microsoft. Maybe they just don't want to step on any toes by easily letting you ditch you custom OEM factory install. Obviously I'm just guessing here as I really don't know why OEM keys are blocked from that download.

    There are other sources for the ISO's other than TechNet, that's why we posted the hash codes. Once you have it downloaded you check the hash code against what is listed on TechNet to see if its been altered or modified. There are people that put their unaltered TechNet ISO's up on bit torrent etc for people without a TechNet sub. They don't include and keys just the ISO file. The only problem is some of them are modified in a bad way so you have to be careful what you get and where. For me that would be a last resort scenario.
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