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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #661


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    He just gave me a DVD he burnt with Win 8.1 Pro 64bit written on it in texta, dated November 2013.

    It actually boots and installs OK, and downloads all the updates, about 600MB, but I haven't put in my OEM key to try to activate it yet, because if it's not a valid copy I don't want to compromise my OEM key.
    Last edited by Mustang; 19 Feb 2014 at 16:56.

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  2. #662


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


    You already have the Windows 8 Pro OEM DVD, you need the Windows 8.1 DVD.

    He just gave me a DVD he burnt with Win 8 Pro 64bit written on it in texta, dated November 2013.
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  3. #663


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Sorry typo error. It should have read Windows 8.1 Pro 64 Bit DVD.
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  4. #664


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Update: Well I'm a very happy camper. I've just finished doing a clean install for Windows 8.1 Pro, with the disk my friend gave me, after unconditionally formatting the hard drive. And I have to say it's about the smoothest install I've ever done ... not one glitch!

    When I tried to activate it I had to change the existing product key for my Win8 Pro OEM product key. I assume the existing key was the embedded BIOS key because it showed the last few digits on it but said it could not be used to activate ... or maybe the generic key used to download it.

    What a relief to have a single disk to install from instead of having to get the 3GB + update from the store. I'd almost given up any hope I'd ever get it. Plus I've learned a lot from the input from all you guys. So muchas gratias amigos.

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  5. #665


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I do believe if you didn't enter a code during installation it just enters a generic default code that won't activate. Your disk has the ei.cfg to get you the OS selection menu and lets you skip entering a code during install right?
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  6. #666


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Actually the disk my friend gave me just installed straight off without needing a key to install. There was no menu option at boot- up to install a different version, so I didn't really need to so anything with the ei.cfg file. But I did need my OEM key to activate it.

    I haven't seen my friend since he gave me the disk, but while he was here he told me he had tower with a Windows 7 Pro serial key on it, and wondered if I could use the ei.cfg removal tool to make him disk with all the boot option using my Win7 Ultimate disk ... which I did. I never would have known how to do that if I hadn't had the input from this thread.

    So thanks again alphanumeric.

    The thing I'm still not clear about is when you create an ei.cfg file with the code given by theog, is the .cfg bit the file extension and the ei part of the file just the name? Could you save it as anything as long as it had the .cfg on the end? This is how it shows in my Windows 7 disc when read from the optical drive.


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  7. #667


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Actually the disk my friend gave me just installed straight off without needing a key to install. There was no menu option at boot- up to install a different version, so I didn't really need to so anything with the ei.cfg file. But I did need my OEM key to activate it.

    I haven't seen my friend since he gave me the disk, but while he was here he told me he had tower with a Windows 7 Pro serial key on it, and wondered if I could use the ei.cfg removal tool to make him disk with all the boot option using my Win7 Ultimate disk ... which I did. I never would have known how to do that if I hadn't had the input from this thread.

    So thanks again alphanumeric.
    Ah, OK, it likely had a PID.txt with the generic install key in it. Either way your good to go. I keep 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 universal install thumb drives on hand. I do all my installs here at home from USB thumb drives. They are all customized for the PC they are used on. I add the OEM system info etc.
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  8. #668


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Ah, OK, it likely had a PID.txt with the generic install key in it. Either way your good to go. I keep 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 universal install thumb drives on hand. I do all my installs here at home from USB thumb drives. They are all customized for the PC they are used on. I add the OEM system info etc.
    Smart thinking! Is that something like an nLite disc or do you add the OEM key for the particular PC in question?

    It's 5:30am in Perth West Aussie, and I've been up all night loading Win 8.1 so I'll have to read your response when I get up later today. Cheers
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  9. #669


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Mustang View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Ah, OK, it likely had a PID.txt with the generic install key in it. Either way your good to go. I keep 32 bit and 64 bit Windows 7 universal install thumb drives on hand. I do all my installs here at home from USB thumb drives. They are all customized for the PC they are used on. I add the OEM system info etc.
    Smart thinking! Is that something like an nLite disc or do you add the OEM key for the particular PC in question?

    It's 5:30am in Perth West Aussie, and I've been up all night loading Win 8.1 so I'll have to read your response when I get up later today. Cheers
    I use a PID.txt file for the automatic product code entry. I also make my own $OEM$ folder and add the logo's and system info, stuff like this.

    Attachment 37944

    I have a different install thumb drive for each PC. One for drivers too. The only time I touch a CD or DVD these days is to install a game.
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  10. #670


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Wow! I'm impressed. I don't even know what PID.txt or $OEM$ files are?

    Likewise I don't have a lot of use for CDs (almost never) or DVDs. Unless I want to keep something really important that I don't want to risk being compromised in any way. I have had the odd flash drive fail in the past.

    I have a couple of USB3 external hard drives and whenever I reload someone's PC I keep all their data like emails, photos, music and videos, etc, on the HD, and encrypted. I also keep an Acronis image of the installation ... it's usually a lot quicker to do that than trouble shoot the problems.

    I spoke too soon about not having any glitches with 8.1. Even with UAC turned off totally, every time I changed a name or moved a sub-menu item in the Start Menu I got a pop up saying I needed Admin approval and did I want to continue. Anyway, after a lot of frustration and failed fixes, finally found one that worked in one of the posts on this forum, by disabling a few security options in Local Security Policy.

    I also notice when I checked my W8 OEM DVD there was no ei.cfg file under Sources as you can see in the pic below.

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    But there was one in the W8.1 disc my friend gave me as seen in next pic.


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