How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO

Hyperia

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don't work for me for the moment :
( but i've internet ^^ )

I think the problem comes from the MS servers. ( overload )

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don't work for me for the moment :
( but i've internet ^^ )

I think the problem comes from the MS servers. ( overload )

View attachment 29539

Confirmed - working for me as well.
A bit slow sending from MS, used about 9 minutes to receive the ISO file.

Will try and do a clean install later tonight.

I tried to use my Windows 8 PRO with Media Center first for the download, didn't work.
Will I however be able to change to that key after 8.1 installation with the generic 8.1 key installation?
 

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Hyperia

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Clint

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The download is working for me. Is there a 64bit and a 32bit? I didn't have a choice. My PC is 64bit. When I just looked in TaskManger it said Windows 8.1 setup (32bit).

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The download is working for me. Is there a 64bit and a 32bit? I didn't have a choice. My PC is 64bit. When I just looked in TaskManger it said Windows 8.1 setup (32bit).

View attachment 29545

information   Information
If you need to download 32bit Windows 8, download from a 32bit PC.
If you need to download 64bit Windows 8, download from a 64bit PC.

 

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The setup file will be 32bit as that is cross platform. That is the thing doing the downloading.

However, the bit version of the iso will be the same as the bit version os you are running.

If you want a 32 bit iso, you will have to do the download from inside a 32 bit os.
 

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kaieivindm

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Windows 8.1 Pro installed and activated via this Method of downloading.

I had to use my Windows 8 Pro update key to rwgister/activate.
The 8.0 Media Center key would NOT activate Windows 8.1 Pro.

Edit: used Win 8.1 Pro generic RMT key to install.
 

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I wound up doing the store update overnight and it worked fine, but glad folks are finding away to download 8.1
 

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Clint

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Just finished downloading and burning to a DVD. It was 3.2 gig and took about 2 hours @4Mbs. I haven't installed yet. I'm confused about all the difrent keys. I put in my Win 8 pro key to download. When it finished, it said to use my Win 8 pro key to install. What's up with all the keys in this post?
8.1 Download2.JPG
8.1 Download3.JPG
8.1 Download5.JPG
 

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What is this "generic key"? How do you get it? Anyone heard if MS will have a 8.1 upgrade disk available if you ever have a crash and need to reinstall the OS?
 

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Breaking news, another method:
1 . install 7zip and open 7-Zip File Manager
2. Extract WindowsSetupBox.exe
3. Extract Windows8-Setup.exe
4. copy
WebSetup.exe
WebPrep.exe
compatctrl.dll
from "WindowsSetupBox"
into "Windows8-Setup"
5. edit in "Windows8-Setup"

cversion.ini

to be
[HostBuild]
MinClient=9458.0
MinServer=9458.0

6. open cmd.exe as administrator

cd Windows8-Setup

WebSetup.exe /late elevate silent
 
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SIW2

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Haven't tried it yet, but I expect you need to enter the generic key to install from the iso.

After it has installed, then you can activate with win 8.0 key.

[ generic keys are at the bottom of Tonschuh's post:#1 ]
 

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What is this "generic key"? How do you get it? Anyone heard if MS will have a 8.1 upgrade disk available if you ever have a crash and need to reinstall the OS?

The official Microsoft 8.1 ISO's on TechNet and MSDN, the same ones leaked as RTM, won't install with a Windows 8 Product Code. They reject it. To get around it you can enter a generic 8.1 install code during install. These codes won't activate. Once its installed you can enter and activate with a Windows 8.0 code.
 

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Thanks...how do I go about using TechNet or MSDN? Looks like you need some kind of account.

I know it's not your problem, but it looks like MS is making it hard for the average person to keep his system maintained. If a system crashes, I don't see how a person can reinstall the OS without a whole lot of technical knowledge.
 

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Thanks...how do I go about using TechNet or MSDN? Looks like you need some kind of account.

I know it's not your problem, but it looks like MS is making it hard for the average person to keep his system maintained. If a system crashes, I don't see how a person can reinstall the OS without a whole lot of technical knowledge.

If you have a OEM manufacturer's PC, you can use the OEM manufacturer's Recovery disk.
 

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Thanks...how do I go about using TechNet or MSDN? Looks like you need some kind of account.

I know it's not your problem, but it looks like MS is making it hard for the average person to keep his system maintained. If a system crashes, I don't see how a person can reinstall the OS without a whole lot of technical knowledge.

Yes you need a paid subscription for TechNet or MSDN to be able to download an ISO. TechNet was discontinued and is not accepting any new accounts. MSDN is too expensive for most people other than business customers. Microsoft doesn't offer up ISO's to the average Joe. It seems like they go out of their way to prevent you from getting one, I have no idea why?
 

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Thanks...how do I go about using TechNet or MSDN? Looks like you need some kind of account.

I know it's not your problem, but it looks like MS is making it hard for the average person to keep his system maintained. If a system crashes, I don't see how a person can reinstall the OS without a whole lot of technical knowledge.

If you have a OEM manufacturer's PC, you can use the OEM manufacturer's Recovery disk.

As Theog pointed out, you could restore 8 with your recovery media, assuming you made the disks. Then update though the store again to 8.1.
 

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If you have a purchased copy of Win 8, I can upgrade to 8.1 today, but down the road when you have a crash, you can reload 8 but how to you get back to 8.1 without a disk etc? I have upgraded my test machine with 8.1 and now I need to know how I can reinstall the OS after a crash? I don't want to go to 8.1 with my "good" machine if I don't have a good way to reinstall after a crash.

Sorry for my being so dense!!!!!!!
 

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I have no idea why?

OEM manufacturer's License.


Microsoft said:
15. SUPPORT AND REFUND PROCEDURES
For the software generally, contact the manufacturer or installer for support options. Refer to the support number provided with the software.
 

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