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Windows 8.1 Update -- Iso Download

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    Windows 8.1 Update -- Iso Download


    I noticed there are links to download the Windows 8.1 update, but those are for technet subscribers. Are there any public links yet?
    Reason I ask, I want to download/burn the ISO, so when I format my system, I have a disc to reinstall windows. Can this 8.1 update be installed fresh? Or should I download windows 8.1 x64 iso, then just patch it after a clean install to windows 8.1 update??

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    Posts : 22,564
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello Gizbug,

    For now, only the Windows 8.1 ISO is available to the public, but rumor is that it'll be available on the 30th using the same method below to download the ISO.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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    Brink, you have a link for the update download or is it included in 8.1 ISO dowload?
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Hey Bill,

    A direct download for any Windows 8, 8.1, or 8.1 Update ISO is only available with a TechNet or MSDN subscription.

    Otherwise, you'll need to use the tutorial below to download an ISO instead. Currently, the Windows 8.1 Update ISO is not available using this method yet. I'll check again later today though to see if it's available yet.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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    Did the updated ISO make it????????
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    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by Ztruker View Post
    Did the updated ISO make it????????
    Nope. Not yet.
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    Hafnarfjörđur IS
    Posts : 4,376
    Linux Centos 7, W8.1, W7, W2K3 Server W10


    Hi Brink

    Looks like your method can't get an X-64 version if you are using the 32 bit windows - which could be a bit of a "bummer" too.

    Why on earth Ms can't just provide the Iso's is just beyond me -- much easier for everyone. I've still got TechNet until October so I'm OK but it must be really annoying for people who want to do CLEAN installs without all the initial bloatware on their computers.

    When I buy a machine I used to bargain with the shop staff and get a Free Retail Windows OS thrown in - so I'd immediately uninstall the "Factory" rubbish and clean install Windows. Now I have to load the TechNet Windows which really isn't what TechNet editions are meant for.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    @jimbo45, The TechNet ISO's will read and use the OEM embedded keys and activate with them. I think you'll find the TechNet ISO's are identical to the retail DVD's. I was able to do a clean install on my laptop with my TechNet 8.0 ISO and use the original factory key.
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    I got my 8.1 upgrade free (from win 8) direct from microsoft, it auto downloads and installs whilst you can carry on using the pc, it changed no settings either. There is a new version out better than the original, someone has been doing some good work on it.

    Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8
    Last edited by Brink; 01 May 2014 at 13:07. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by elbmek View Post
    I got my 8.1 upgrade free (from win 8) direct from microsoft, it auto downloads and installs whilst you can carry on using the pc, it changed no settings either. There is a new version out better than the original, someone has been doing some good work on it.

    Windows 8.1 - Update to from Windows 8
    That's old news for most of use here. I did that once on my laptop and it didn't go well. I ended up doing a clean install using my TechNet 8.1 ISO to get my laptop back to a normal state. It works for a lot of people but not everybody is so lucky.
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