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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

  1. #61


    For 8.1 pro, what ISO size you finally get? Mine is 3.05GB. Is that what you get too?

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  2. #62


    I've been thinking about the OEM upgrade.

    It's not a direct clean install but it should work and thus give a fresh install.

    Upgrade via the store and then download the iso using the method I described in the first post. Burn to to dvd/usb.

    Restart and boot Windows 8.1 setup, but instead of selecting install choose 'repair'. Follow the the onscreen prompts for doing a reset.

    A reset does not.prompt you for a key so should work to do a round about clean install.

    Just a thought.

    IGNORE THIS.
    Last edited by mosharino; 18 Oct 2013 at 16:56. Reason: it's late/I'm dumb.
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  3. #63


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    Upgrade via the store and then download the iso using the method I described in the first post. Burn to to dvd/usb
    .

    How can they download the iso if they only have oem key?

    That method only works with a retail key as far as I can tell.
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  4. #64


    Yeah. Sorry. My bad.

    I was the one that said it only works with a retail key too! :|

    It's late here, so I guess my brain I shutting down. ;-)
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  5. #65


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    Not at all. It is good you are trying to think of workarounds.
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  6. #66


    OP what is the size of the 8.1 pro iso you get finally ?
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  7. #67


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    Quote Originally Posted by popeye View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    This is very poor.

    Consumers with an oem 8.0 machine get this half assed upgrade. They will not feel disposed to buy any more MS stuff, their next tablet/phone will be something else.

    It doesn't encourage anyone to buy a preinstalled machine with any kind of windows on it.
    Yea, I don't know why OEM folks would be thrown under the bus especially when MS has decided to move on to 8.1 and leave 8 in the rear-view mirror.

    Your suggestion to make an image after the upgrade is the best suggestion I suppose as long as the upgrade goes OK. Still means us OEM trash have no way to do a direct 8.1 clean install.

    Again, not cool.

    P.S. You'd think MS would have even less of an issue with OEM software now with the key being burnt into the ROM. Go figure.
    Add to that, that The TechNet 8.1 ISO won't use the Windows 8 embedded code. It may very well read it but it won't use it. I was prompted to enter a product code when doing a clean install on my laptop that has a Windows 8 embedded code. Its not printed on the COA sticker either so most users aren't going to even know what it is. Even if you know what it is you can't use it to do the install. You have to enter a Windows 8.1 code to do the install. That means knowing the leaked install key. And then another step to enter and activate with your 8 OEM key. Dropped under the bus? Lets just put that in reverse and back up just to make sure. They seem to be going out of their way to force you to use the store to update. Then leave you hanging when it goes wrong.
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  8. #68


    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Any SF/EF regulars having trouble getting it?
    I have downloaded and burning now.
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  9. #69


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    I have a gigantic winre.wim now.

    Anybody else got this ?

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  10. #70


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    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by mosharino View Post
    Yeah. Sorry. My bad.

    I was the one that said it only works with a retail key too! :|

    It's late here, so I guess my brain I shutting down. ;-)
    Quote Originally Posted by SIW2 View Post
    Not at all. It is good you are trying to think of workarounds.
    Hey, I for one appreciate you guys brainstorming this. I'm fishing as much as I can before doing the upgrade. Still would seem us OEM folks with burnt-in 8 keys would have even more of a direct clean install route than XP, Vista, 7, 8 retail up-graders. Life ain't fair once again.
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