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Questions about iso's

  1. #1


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center

    Questions about iso's


    If you use one don't you need to buy a product key to use it ?

    I always bought upgrades like the 8 Pro Pack WMC.{$40}
    Then upgraded to 8.1 Pro from the Store.{free}

    Everything installed nicely.
    No problems.

    I had no use for an iso.

    Why people need iso's confuses me.

    Pardon my appalling ignorance.

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  2. #2


    David in my case I used an ISO with generic key to install 8.1.1 I also used an $40 8 pro upgrade to Activate.
    To avoid upgrading from Win 7 to 8 pro then to 8.1 Por and then update 1
    I have a nice clean install of 8.1.1 and then reinstall only the currently used software. lots of crap gone in one fell swoop that had accumulated over the years from Win 7 I actual skipped Win 8 altogether.

    I do suppose that the ISO was not really legal however I think the results are legal! And a lot cleaner system that had I gone the legal route and completed all of those upgrade/updates.
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  3. #3


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    I do suppose that the ISO was not really legal however I think the results are legal! And a lot cleaner system that had I gone the legal route and completed all of those upgrade/updates.
    It's nothing illegal about it. ISO is just another format used to combine files/folders into a single compressed file to make it easier for download, store to HD's etc.. just like Winzip and Winrar. In addition, you can mount it as a virtual CD/DVD or to create bootable CD/DVD/USB if needed.
    For example, if you have an Audio/Movie CD/DVD and you want to save it as one single ISO file, you can do so using some third party programs such as Power ISO, Ultra ISO. Windows also came with utility to deal with ISO but I never use it since I am using Ultra ISO.

    BTW, you can also use Winzip or Winrar to extract files/folders from an ISO file format.

    Another example: Microsoft recently release the Windows 10 TP in a single ISO file so that we can download it. After download, we can use a free utility such as: Rufus - Create bootable USB to create a bootable DVD/USB and the files/folders structure would look like as if it's from a DVD so we can install Windows 10 TP from it.
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  4. #4


    Harrisonburg, Va.
    Posts : 10,488
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    I suppose I was just curious about why people just don't go to a store like Staples & buy what they need.
    My Pro Pack had its' own product key.
    Simple to install.
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  5. #5


    United States
    Posts : 3,093
    Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I suppose I was just curious about why people just don't go to a store like Staples & buy what they need.
    My Pro Pack had its' own product key.
    Simple to install.
    I hear ya David and I like OS DVDs myself but I think any hard copy at purchase time is going to slowly go the way of floppy disks. With the internet speeds now and the "cloud" evrything seems to be going the way of just a data transfer, up to the user to make hard copies. Things change quickly nowadays.
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  6. #6


    India
    Posts : 1,536
    Win 8.1 Update x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I suppose I was just curious about why people just don't go to a store like Staples & buy what they need.
    My Pro Pack had its' own product key.
    Simple to install.
    David, that means you'll get the installation disc in your hand. For those who don't want that, the ISO download is a good alternative. Have to pay for the Product key nevertheless.
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  7. #7


    San Jose - California
    Posts : 2,847
    8.1x64PWMC Ubuntu14.04x64 MintMate17x64


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    I suppose I was just curious about why people just don't go to a store like Staples & buy what they need.
    My Pro Pack had its' own product key.
    Simple to install.
    That's part of cost reduction. Software vendors put their software in the server and once you bought the Product Key then you can download it and install. However, some do come with a CD/DVD but you would have to pay extra for the cost of it. The same thing when you buy a new Laptop, it does not come with a DVD disk anymore but they put it in a recovery partition. If, you have a need for a DVD, you can buy it from them but it'll cost you extra.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 94
    Windows 7


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    If you use one don't you need to buy a product key to use it ?

    I always bought upgrades like the 8 Pro Pack WMC.{$40}
    Then upgraded to 8.1 Pro from the Store.{free}

    Everything installed nicely.
    No problems.

    I had no use for an iso.

    Why people need iso's confuses me.

    Pardon my appalling ignorance.
    What if you scratch your disc? What if you want to burn a "disposable" copy to fix things while your traveling? What if your computer doesn't have an optical drive and can only install from a USB drive? What if you want to install it to a Virtual Machine (ISO's are easier to process by the VM software)? You can't do some of that with the physical disc purchase b/c presumably, there is a copy protection mechanism in place...
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  9. #9


    Posts : 446
    Win 8 64-bit


    Yes, you still need your product key(s). As the above poster said, people who upgraded from earlier versions of Windows can just use the Windows 8.1 ISO then use their product key to activate it. So every time they wipe everything and start afresh, they don't have to install the previous OS first, then the upgrades, etc. and they also don't need to download anything if they already have the ISO saved on a harddrive.

    Also, if you have multiple machines (and other family members machines to look after), you only need one ISO that you can put on a USB stick and use on all machines, you don't need to download 4GB every single time. Just activate using the product keys for the different machines.

    For me personally, I haven't used any software or drivers from CD's or DVD's for years, all my software is stored on an external harddrive and installed directly from there. Windows being the only exception, which is installed from a USB stick.
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  10. #10


    Trnava
    Posts : 683
    Win 8.1.1 Pro x64


    I have actually bought Windows 8 as ISO from Microsoft. I have my DVD drive disabled in BIOS, I hardly use it, only to copy original DVDs to mkv for backup and to remove all the junk. I only use USB for setups, even after using Windows 8.1.1, it had to install tons of updates, I can not imagine using original 8 and then upgrading it pretty much forever, not to mention, that it always failed. Shame on MS, that you have to "steal" 8.1.1 iso.
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