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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create


reden

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Thanks for your help guys !!

Correct me with my process if its wrong .so this is what I will do to my computer ?

1. just burn this file to cd/dvd? burn.png
(before when I enter bios there is word "uefi" that is attch to my hard drive) I don't know why is it gone now .
2. correct the boot setting, restart my pc / or click the specific boot option /
3. format my drive "c" where the os is installed/ click/tap drive c then click next (I'll do nothing from the other drive)this is clean install right? ?|
my problem also what if it will request for a key should I use my original key or should I skip it(if there is a button ?

(I'm installing directly window 8.1 core) right ? even though my preinstalled is 8 ?
 

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reden

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thanks sir brink!

actually I'm having a problem downloading the file using the media creation tool. do you have any recommended site where I can download it much faster ? thanks !
 

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In post 601 above, why don't you refer to using the Media Creation Tool at the start of this thread?
 

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Thanks so much for all the info. all be safe...we sure do need you. Cliff
 

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layman

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I've ASUS laptop which came pre-installed with Windows 8(64-bit). It was upgraded to Windows 8.1 Single Language (64-bit) through Windows Store. I have gone through all the 604 postings above & notice that it is probably not possible to download Windows 8 ISO file with an OEM key from Microsoft. The relevant file(en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) is available at Google Drive. Will it be prudent to use it for Clean Install of Windows 8?
 

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I've ASUS laptop which came pre-installed with Windows 8(64-bit). It was upgraded to Windows 8.1 Single Language (64-bit) through Windows Store. I have gone through all the 604 postings above & notice that it is probably not possible to download Windows 8 ISO file with an OEM key from Microsoft. The relevant file(en_windows_8_x64_dvd_915440.iso) is available at Google Drive. Will it be prudent to use it for Clean Install of Windows 8?
Hello Layman,

You can use OPTION ONE to download a Windows 8.1 ISO without having to enter a product key. Afterwards, you will be able to clean install Windows 8.1 on your PC, and activate with your OEM Windows 8 product key. :)
 

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Thanks Brink. In other words, it is never advisable to wipe the hidden "OEM" partitions & "Restore" partition in my computer. In so many replies I have seen suggestions for complete formatting the whole hard drive even the separate partition containing data to overcome PC problems.
 

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If you have installation media, then you don't really need the factory recovery partitions. However, I would recommend create factory recovery media before deleting them to have available if you should ever want to use it.
 

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For instance, my computer came with Windows 8 Home X64. I upgraded to Pro then 8.1 Pro then10 Pro. The factory recovery partition would be useless to me as I would never want to go back to 8 Home so I deleted it and all partitions on my boot drive and did a clean install of 8.1 Pro.

I make weekly image backup instead, originally with Acronis but now I'm using AOMEI Back Upper.
 

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For instance, my computer came with Windows 8 Home X64. I upgraded to Pro then 8.1 Pro then10 Pro. The factory recovery partition would be useless to me as I would never want to go back to 8 Home so I deleted it and all partitions on my boot drive and did a clean install of 8.1 Pro.
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I have also upgraded to Windows 10 Home from a downloaded ISO file on a DVD. It is version 10.0.10240. I have extracted the Product Key using Magical Jelly Bean & notice that it is different from the OEM key which it was showing while using Windows 8 & 8.1. Can I use this Product Key for a Clean Install of Windows 10, if required later?
 

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Hello Layman, :)

Sorry, but no. You do not get or can use a product key for the free Windows 10 offer.

The free upgrade Windows 10 offer requires that you upgrade from an activated Windows 7 or 8.1 PC first. This registers the Windows 10 activation of Windows 10 on Microsoft's activation servers.

Windows 10 - Upgrade Installation - Windows 10 Forums

Afterwards, you will be able to do a clean install of Windows 10 on that same PC anytime in the future without entering a key ("skip" during installation), and have it activated when finished.

Windows 10 - Clean Install - Windows 10 Forums
 

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For instance, my computer came with Windows 8 Home X64. I upgraded to Pro then 8.1 Pro then10 Pro. The factory recovery partition would be useless to me as I would never want to go back to 8 Home so I deleted it and all partitions on my boot drive and did a clean install of 8.1 Pro.
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I have also upgraded to Windows 10 Home from a downloaded ISO file on a DVD. It is version 10.0.10240. I have extracted the Product Key using Magical Jelly Bean & notice that it is different from the OEM key which it was showing while using Windows 8 & 8.1. Can I use this Product Key for a Clean Install of Windows 10, if required later?
You can use that key on a Clean install on that same PC that you have already done the free upgrade on. You don't have too, you can just skip when asked for one. Entering it or not entering it won't make any difference. If you already did the free upgrade and activated Windows 10 on that PC it will activate on a clean install. If you try to use that same product code and clean install on a PC that never had Windows 10 activated on it, it will fail activation. I enter the product code automatically with a PID.txt file to save having to do the skip. You have to click skip at least twice during the install. It might even be 3 times.
 

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Hello Joostin, :)

Usually if you download an ISO using OPTION ONE, it'll save the ISO file to the location shown in your screenshot like under step 7.
 

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Hello Joostin, :)

Usually if you download an ISO using OPTION ONE, it'll save the ISO file to the location shown in your screenshot like under step 7.
I was referring to the warning:
When you run the mediacreationtool.exe file below it will permanently delete any folder named Download and it's contents that's in the same folder as the mediacreationtool.exe file.

If you have a folder named Download in the same folder (ex: on desktop), then you will need to rename it before running the mediacreationtool.exe file to avoid it and it's contents from being permanently deleted.
Now I realize it doesn't mention anything about creating a new folder named Download after deleting the old one (I'm running on fumes), but because I misread it, I thought it was worth mentioning. It's strange that it would delete a folder even though it doesn't use it.
 

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It does actually create a hidden "Download" folder at the same location the mediacreationtool.exe file is at if one doesn't already exist, and is used as a working folder until finished. When the download is complete, the tool automatically deletes the "Download" folder as part of cleaning up after itself. This of course would be an issue if you just happen to already have a "Download" folder at the same location.
 

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It does actually create a hidden "Download" folder at the same location the mediacreationtool.exe file is at if one doesn't already exist, and is used as a working folder until finished. When the download is complete, the tool automatically deletes the "Download" folder as part of cleaning up after itself. This of course would be an issue if you just happen to already have a "Download" folder at the same location.
It doesn't. I'm running it right now. I disabled both hidden file options, and nothing is there. Just for good measure, I tried accessing it through command line, and it doesn't exist.
 

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I just tested again, and the tool doesn't create a Download folder, but only deletes it (if there) when you run the tool.
 

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    Motherboard
    ASUS Maximus X Code Z370
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
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    Internet Explorer 11
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    Malwarebyte Anti-Malware Premium
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone