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Windows 8.1 Free Update on Disc for Windows 8 Users?


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Hello, everyone. This is my first post. I have been in touch with Microsoft 3 times to ask this question and each time I get referred on to someone else. I would have thought that the answer would have been straight forward so I looked around and found you guys. I guess you can tell from the "title" what I was asking about but here it is anyway.

"will the free download of Windows 8.1 (for existing Windows 8 users) be released on DVD for those with a very slow broadband connection? It would take me 48 hours to download at around 20kb/s - I really need it on disc."

I am waiting for the response to this second rewording of my question and will post Microsoft's response here. In the meantime I would appreciate knowing if anyone here has an answer.

Thanks.

The Professor.
 

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You will need to buy the DVD.
 

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I have heard of a lot of people being able to convert their Downloaded 8.1 installation files to a flash drive or ISO image, M2Cents posted the links on how to do it.
 

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I have heard of a lot of people being able to convert their Downloaded 8.1 installation files to a flash drive or ISO image, M2Cents posted the links on how to do it.
Yes, I can confirm that I have it on both a USB flash drive and DVD. I can also confirm that both work; however, the UEFI USB flash drive seems a bit faster.
 

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I downloaded via this trick, http://www.eightforums.com/installation-setup/33164-how-download-windows-8-1-iso.html and was able to make an ISO and a bootable thumb drive. The utility will create the ISO or bootable thumb drive for you. I just ran it twice to get one of each.
To the OP, Microsoft isn't offering up a free DVD. Other than the work around you'd have to buy it or have a TechNet or MSDN subscription to obtain a DVD.
 

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Thanks for all your replies, guys, although I think that some misunderstood my problem. Downloading is a non-starter at 25kb/s. If Theog is correct ("You will need to buy the DVD."), it is an expensive penalty for those of us with a slow BB connection.

I could really use your USB or DVD, my2cents, but I suspect it will not be possible.

Once again thanks to all who responded.
 

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I hear you, and I suspect your not alone. That last link doesn't look to bad though, $15 for just DVD and no product code. Free is always better but $15 is a lot cheaper than the $100 plus for a new license you don't need.
 

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Thank's, alphanumeric. I took a look at that link but did not see it as the up-date that I required. When I saw that it said "Back-up media (media only)" I did not think that it was what I needed. I read the information about the disc/content and it was not very informative. Perhaps I am not too knowledgeable on the subject. However, I also noticed that it has a release date of 15/11/13 so I guess that there will be more information available after that date.

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Yeah, there isn't a lot of info, its 8.1 but which one RTM or GA? If it was the RTM I'd expect it to be available now. There was something mentioned in another thread about Microsoft actually making ISO's available. http://www.eightforums.com/windows-...elease-windows-8-1-isos-month.html#post301771 later this month? If Newegg is waiting on that release I'd expect the DVD's to be the GA release. Either way its 8.1 that you can clean install with. I would imagine its actually 2 DVD's, 1 32 bit and 1 64 bit.
 

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The product (Windows 8.1 Back-up Media - (Media Only)) on the Newegg site is WN7-00542. There is no further information from Newegg nor Microsoft as yet available.

I guess if we wish to find out we should pester these two fine organizations with requests for detailed specification about the product.

Important features would be does this support both 64- and 32-bit versions and Core, Pro and WMC installations?

If we only have Windows 8 product license Keys, will the back-up work?

Will the back-up work on OEM installations with embedded keys and secure boot without user entry of keys.

Will the back-up work on a new replacement hard disk if the old one has failed?
 

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Hopefully its Retail Windows 8.1 install media. I would think that's what most people would want. A 32 bit DVD and a 64 bit DVD, that is multi edition. Able to install Core or Pro with the option to add Media Center to Pro.
 
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I second that, Alphanumeric, that would be the sensible option. Am I allowed to put the words "sensible" and "Microsoft" in the same sentence on this Forum without getting "reported"? ;) I will check back later as we draw closer to the release date (15/11/2013).
 

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