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How to download the Windows 8.1 ISO


my2cents

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well..can someone please explain....why..windows 8.1 iso downloaded from this trick is 3.07GB...and upgrade from windows store is 3.42GB...???????

thank you in advance..!!
Windows 8.1 (from TechNet or MSDN) has to update to very large patches, as from couple of days go. Windows 8 upgrade already has them
In addition to davehc's comments, I just downloaded and used the latest GA Win 8.1 ISO to do a clean install recently and I only had to apply 9 Windows Updates which required only a 179mb download. Seems like they've incorporated some of those fixes into the latest available ISO.
 

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well..can someone please explain....why..windows 8.1 iso downloaded from this trick is 3.07GB...and upgrade from windows store is 3.42GB...???????

thank you in advance..!!
Windows 8.1 (from TechNet or MSDN) has to update to very large patches, as from couple of days go. Windows 8 upgrade already has them
In addition to davehc's comments, I just downloaded and used the latest GA Win 8.1 ISO to do a clean install recently and I only had to apply 9 Windows Updates which required only a 179mb download. Seems like they've incorporated some of those fixes into the latest available ISO.
If you look at Installed Updates you will see 4 addition dated 9/29. These are the GA rollup.

Jim :cool:
 

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This only works if you bought W8 at a retail location, not if you have an OEM machine or (like me) bought he update. Shouldn't we be entitled to a reinstall ISO file as well? PS: I tried the generic keys from MSDN or Technet & they did not work. :-(
Sorry gzhtub, This works nicely with the update version too. Personaly tested. :)
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Windows 8.1 ISO

Many thanks to Mosharino.

I bought the Win 8 upgrade from Windows 7 last year and have now downloaded and burnt to dvd the Win 8.1 ISO, following Mosharino's instructions. I have done the same for my Wife's pc which had been upgraded to Windows 8 from Win XP.

Both downloads went perfectly.

I have not yet updated either pc to Windows 8.1, lack of time at the moment. However, I intend to get a new hdd for the C: drive, and would like to ask - can I do a clean install from the 8.1 ISO, or do I need to install Windows 8 first?

Apart from using the generic key, are there any other "tricks" that I should be aware of?

Many thanks in anticipation!

Keith
 

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Many thanks to Mosharino.

I bought the Win 8 upgrade from Windows 7 last year and have now downloaded and burnt to dvd the Win 8.1 ISO, following Mosharino's instructions. I have done the same for my Wife's pc which had been upgraded to Windows 8 from Win XP.

Both downloads went perfectly.

I have not yet updated either pc to Windows 8.1, lack of time at the moment. However, I intend to get a new hdd for the C: drive, and would like to ask - can I do a clean install from the 8.1 ISO, or do I need to install Windows 8 first?

Apart from using the generic key, are there any other "tricks" that I should be aware of?

Many thanks in anticipation!

Keith
Hi Keith!

Glad that things went well. You're welcome too! :)

Regarding the clean install....

I did one out of curiosity and it went flawlessly. I had my Windows 8.1 USB ready, a generic key and my Windows 8 key to hand. Then i rebooted into the Windows 8.1 setup, used the generic key to install with and once installed, activated with my Windows 8 key. No issues, no hacks, nothing!

Plenty of support on here should you encounter an unknown.
 

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Mosharino, I don't understand if you did the clean install on a blank , formated hdd or on a drive that already had win 8 on it ? Please comment. Thanks.
 

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Mosharino, I don't understand if you did the clean install on a blank , formated hdd or on a drive that already had win 8 on it ? Please comment. Thanks.
I wiped my drive completely (having previously backed up everything of course!). The drive had nothing, nadda, zilch on it.

That is a clean install after all. ;)
 

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Mosharino, I don't understand if you did the clean install on a blank , formated hdd or on a drive that already had win 8 on it ? Please comment. Thanks.
I wiped my drive completely (having previously backed up everything of course!). The drive had nothing, nadda, zilch on it.

That is a clean install after all. ;)
I did the same thing on my computer and had no problems at all.
 

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Many thanks to Mosharino.

I bought the Win 8 upgrade from Windows 7 last year and have now downloaded and burnt to dvd the Win 8.1 ISO, following Mosharino's instructions. I have done the same for my Wife's pc which had been upgraded to Windows 8 from Win XP.

Both downloads went perfectly.

I have not yet updated either pc to Windows 8.1, lack of time at the moment. However, I intend to get a new hdd for the C: drive, and would like to ask - can I do a clean install from the 8.1 ISO, or do I need to install Windows 8 first?

Apart from using the generic key, are there any other "tricks" that I should be aware of?

Many thanks in anticipation!

Keith
If you have the Windows Media Center key, don't install it. If you do Windows won't activate. Ask me how I know. When you get to setting up an account disconnect from the internet. If you don't, It will make you set up a Microsoft Account and you will have to use that every time you start windows.
 

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Many thanks to Mosharino.

I bought the Win 8 upgrade from Windows 7 last year and have now downloaded and burnt to dvd the Win 8.1 ISO, following Mosharino's instructions. I have done the same for my Wife's pc which had been upgraded to Windows 8 from Win XP.

Both downloads went perfectly.

I have not yet updated either pc to Windows 8.1, lack of time at the moment. However, I intend to get a new hdd for the C: drive, and would like to ask - can I do a clean install from the 8.1 ISO, or do I need to install Windows 8 first?

Apart from using the generic key, are there any other "tricks" that I should be aware of?

Many thanks in anticipation!

Keith
If you have the Windows Media Center key, don't install it. If you do Windows won't activate. Ask me how I know. When you get to setting up an account disconnect from the internet. If you don't, It will make you set up a Microsoft Account and you will have to use that every time you start windows.
I've used my Windows 8 Media Center keys to add Media Center to two of my 8.1 RTM installs and had no trouble activating. I entered them though the Add Features option.
 

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Many thanks to Mosharino.

I bought the Win 8 upgrade from Windows 7 last year and have now downloaded and burnt to dvd the Win 8.1 ISO, following Mosharino's instructions. I have done the same for my Wife's pc which had been upgraded to Windows 8 from Win XP.

Both downloads went perfectly.

I have not yet updated either pc to Windows 8.1, lack of time at the moment. However, I intend to get a new hdd for the C: drive, and would like to ask - can I do a clean install from the 8.1 ISO, or do I need to install Windows 8 first?

Apart from using the generic key, are there any other "tricks" that I should be aware of?

Many thanks in anticipation!

Keith
If you have the Windows Media Center key, don't install it. If you do Windows won't activate. Ask me how I know. When you get to setting up an account disconnect from the internet. If you don't, It will make you set up a Microsoft Account and you will have to use that every time you start windows.
I've used my Windows 8 Media Center keys to add Media Center to two of my 8.1 RTM installs and had no trouble activating. I entered them though the Add Features option.
Same here.
 

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@alphanumeric
I've used my Windows 8 Media Center keys to add Media Center to two of my 8.1 RTM installs and had no trouble activating. I entered them though the Add Features option.
I also entered them thru the Add Features option. Did you activate before or after Media Center? Mine was activated, then when I added Media Center after reboot, it was not activated.
 

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I've used my Windows 8 Media Center keys to add Media Center to two of my 8.1 RTM installs and had no trouble activating. I entered them though the Add Features option.
I also entered them thru the Add Features option. Did you activate before or after Media Center? Mine was activated, then when I added Media Center after reboot, it was not activated.
As far as I know you have to be activated before you can enter them. Yes I was activated before and I activated again after adding Media Center.
 

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You didn't happen to use your Media Center key on more than one PC did you?
 

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You didn't happen to use your Media Center key on more than one PC did you?
No. I used it when I got it originally, then with the 8.1 update on the same PC.
 

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You didn't happen to use your Media Center key on more than one PC did you?
No. I used it when I got it originally, then with the 8.1 update on the same PC.
OK, just wanted to make sure. There were some that thought you could use those keys on multiple PC's. You can't and if you do that can cause your key to be blacklisted or not activate. I have no idea why your key won't activate. I had one key not activate but that was because I used it on two different PC's. I in effect transferred it from one laptop to another. It wouldn't activate online so I did a phone activation. As far as I know its still activated on that laptop. The laptop it was originally used on now has Windows 7 on it so that key is only being used on the one pc.
 

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I've download the 8.1 RTM. I've tested the install up to the point of it asking for a key, which I used the generic CORE one (334NH-RXG76-64THK-C7CKG-D3VPT). It accepted the key and then went to the next screen and asked which drive to install on. I aborted the process at this point.

Do you think that once it is installed I can just activate with my 8.0 OEM key?

Not ready to do a reinstall and see it fail and have to rebuild from scratch with my 8.0 disk.
 

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Just a quick question...

I have a Windows 8 Pro system builder key (from the DVD I bought) and didn't work on the first step of this process.

So I managed to download the 8.1 ISO by using a Windows 8 Pro upgrade key which I bought for my partners laptop which I upgraded from Windows 7.

Now that I have the ISO I have burned it on to disk, will my Windows 8 Pro system builder key work?

Thanks
 

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