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Official Windows 8 ISO Image Downloads

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    Official Windows 8 ISO Image Downloads


    Hello, new here, so I hope I am posting in the right place.

    I came across the following thread in the Windows 7 forums and I am looking for something similar for Windows 8:

    Official Windows 7 SP1 ISO Image Downloads | Windows 7 Forums

    Using the above iso images for Windows 7 I was able to create a Universal Install Disc as described in this thread, How to Create a Universal Windows 7 Disc (AIO) with both 32 and 64-bit versions. | TechPowerUp Forums

    I want to be able to get the Windows 8 images and create a similar Universal Disc for Windows 8.

    Any help with this would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    Jason

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    Welcome to Windows Eight forums, Jason.

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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    That will work to get the edition of Windows 8 that corresponds to my Windows 8 key but how would I get images of the other editions in order to make the Universal Windows 8 Disc?
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    If possible at all that would be beyond my expertise level, but you may either wait for an answer or PM:

    View Profile: alphanumeric - Windows 8 Forums

    View Profile: SIW2 - Windows 8 Forums

    That is not to show favoritism, but rather the only two members I know that would have the knowledge.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My TechNet / MSDN Windows 8 ISO's are multi edition. They will install Core or Pro depending on what key you enter during setup. You need an MSDN subscription to get them though. TechNet has been discontinued. Other than that, the only other official download that I know of is the one already posted. And as you know that one is version specific, you get Core or Pro depending on what key you use for the download. Microsoft lists the MD5 hash codes for the official ISO's and you can view them on MSDN without having to have a subscription. If you can obtain an ISO from another source, like bit torrent, checking the hash code for the one you downloaded will tell you if its been modified or not. If the hash codes match its likely not been messed with. We are not allowed to post links to those other sources so you'll have to hunt that up on your own.
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Computers 4 U View Post
    That will work to get the edition of Windows 8 that corresponds to my Windows 8 key but how would I get images of the other editions in order to make the Universal Windows 8 Disc?
    You would need a Core and a Pro key to get both downloads from that link. How to merge them into one image is above my skill set. See my other post for an alternative.
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    I am currently on the MSDN site, I think that will get me what I am looking for but in the descriptions it has Windows 8.1, "N" "VL", there's a number of them to choose from. Can you explain to me the differences?
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    The ones I use are Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x64) - DVD (English) and Windows 8.1 with Update (multiple editions) (x86) - DVD (English)
    K and N versions have Media center and or IE removed to comply with some foreign laws. I'd avoid those. Enterprise and VL (volume licensing) editions use special activation methods tailored for large corporations. keep in mind that you can look but you can't download without a subscription. Microsoft MVP's get free subscriptions, that's how I got my account.


    File Name: en_windows_8.1_with_update_x86_dvd_4065105.iso
    Languages: English
    SHA1: 54B8572556B316A6BECE54C5033564E3296F5951

    File Name: en_windows_8.1_with_update_x64_dvd_4065090.iso
    Languages: English
    SHA1: 4652DC6EBFEBE02C6A63E167C36E3FAEDFB93999
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    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Thanks for the info, how can I private message you to get some more info?
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    My laptop came with Windows 8.0 Core. When I do a clean install with my MSDN 8.0 ISO it reads and uses the embedded OEM product code automatically and installs 8.0 Core. It activates online automatically to. If I use my 8.1 ISO the OEM 8.0 code is ignored and I'm prompted to enter one. in that situation you can do this, Activate retail Windows 8.1 with Windows 8 Product key., I have 8.1 keys so I use them.
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