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What these acronyms stand for in the ISO file's names: RTM

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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center

    What these acronyms stand for in the ISO file's names: RTM


    Greetings forums' readers & helpers, ٩̢ ̗(Ӧ̮Ӧ)̢ ̗۶

    I saw in many places these types of Windows 8.1 ISO files that are differentiated by capital letters.
    I know that the acronym RTM = “Release To Manufacturing”. But what about these:
    AIO
    ESD
    WIM
    VL
    NVL

    I want to know which one should I use for a clean-install of my laptop that I spend my retirement with at home. ̒¿̒ ̡͡ ʅ

    Thanks for your valuable imputs,

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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    An ISO file you have to burn to disk or flash drive and then boot with that. You cannot start an installation with an ISO file from a running system - except in a virtual partition.
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    ME, XP,Vista,Win7,Win8,Win8.1


    For Windows 8.1 GA (the up to date version)

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    AIO is all in one . Lots of windows editions in one install.wim or install.esd file. Often includes both bit versions.

    wim is ms imaging format, contains pe and/or windows installation files. Useful and flexible, can be serviced.

    esd highly compressed version of wim . Can install from it , useless for anything else, cannot be serviced.

    vl is volume license

    nvl is volume license N version.
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    Quebec
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks for your comments, especially SIW2 who answered my question.
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    Germany/Florida
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    Vista and Win7


    Did you read what SIW2 posted ? How much more info do you need and for what purpose. More details are on Google.
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    Quebec
    Posts : 14
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center


    Thanks whs, I have the info I was looking for.

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