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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #681


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Once the files are saved to a desktop folder off Windows 8.1 Pro disk, and edited to add ei.cfg file, when I try to burn a bootable ISO image from the files, it asks you to select the boot file.

    It will only allow you to select one boot file, but there are lots of different boot files to choose from. So far I've burnt three ISO images to DVD using different boot files and none of them will boot.

    Can anyone point me to the correct one to use for the boot option?
    Last edited by Mustang; 28 Feb 2014 at 09:35.

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  2. #682


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you use a program like UltraISO, you can add files to the actual ISO file and save it as a new ISO file that you can make DVD's from. That will keep the ISO intact and bootable and make burning a DVD from it easy. The other way to do it is to make a bootable thumb drive from the original ISO and then just add your files to the thumb drive.
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  3. #683


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    Thanks for the input, but I haven't got an ISO. I'm saving the files from my friends DVD he gave me and trying to create an ISO from the files saved from it to desktop, after editing them.
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  4. #684


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Those same utilities will let you create an ISO from a DVD or CD. Then edit it and save a new one.
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  5. #685


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    #alphanumeric: Thanks a lot for the input. Will download UltraISO and give it a go.

    I was using ImgBurn.
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  6. #686


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    There are others, free ones too, I mentioned Ultra ISO because I've used it in the past. ImgBurn might be able to do it too. Put the DVD in the drive and see if it gives you the option to make an ISO from it.
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  7. #687


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    Do not use ImgBurn, I use NERO, which will make a ISO from a DVD/CD.

    ImgBurn is worth a try.
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  8. #688


    Quote Originally Posted by theog View Post
    Do not use ImgBurn, I use NERO, which will make a ISO from a DVD/CD.

    ImgBurn is worth a try.
    Imgburn will do it, is what I use.
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  9. #689


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    #alphanumeric: I downloaded trial version of UltraISO and it couldn't burn the edited files as ISO as it said trial version images were limited to 600MB and the files were 3.94GB.

    #pparks theog: I am not trying to create an ISO from the DVD. I saved the files from the Win 8.1 Pro DVD to desktop, then replaced the existing ei.cfg; then tried to create an ISO file from the edited files on my desktop. But to make it bootable ImgBurn wanted to know which file was the boot file. And there are heaps of different files/folders related to boot. I tried three and made three bootable DVD but none of them would boot.

    So I created an ISO from the DVD then tried to modify the files using UltraISO but it said it was too big.

    Does anyone know which is the correct boot file to choose?

    This shows the boot folder. But there are heaps more boot related files under the folders en.gb, fonts, resources.


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  10. #690


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    I downloaded trial version of UltraISO and it couldn't burn the edited files as ISO as it said trial version images were limited to 600MB and the files were 3.94GB.
    Pro upgrade & Pro Retail.

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