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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create


jfharper

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Have OEM bios embed key for lenovo laptop.

Tried Option 1 and failed. Downloaded mediacreationtool and went thru steps, at end it immediately goes to download did not complete successfully...tried on two separate desktop computers.

Tried going to MS site to dl iso (chose 8.1 single lang) directly, did, and made UEFI boot USB, got Lenovo Laptop to boot from USB but it asks me for product key. I used the VB script to get the key a while ago, entered the key, said key won't work.

Lenovo Laptop had win 8 (not 8.1, not pro) on previously, hdd failed, replaced with ssd, wife did not make recovery disk ahead of time, no help from lenovo, cannot get oem win 8 iso.

Stuck...can anyone help? TIA

EDIT: Just found this:
Install Windows 8 without a Product Key
am currently able to install without being asked for product key.

EDIT2: Was able to activate properly, used (Get-WmiObject -query 'select * from SoftwareLicensingService').OA3xOriginalProductKey in Powershell to extract key from bios.

Hacky!
 
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Brink

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Hello A G S, and welcome to Eight Forums.

Using Option 1 to get an ISO using the Media Creation Tool is the easiest way.
 

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Brink

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It will on the first post on page one of this tutorial.
 

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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
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    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
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    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    Custom self built
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    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
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    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
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    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
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    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Logitech BRIO 4K Pro webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
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    Arris SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

A G S 2018

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A G S 2018

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After seeing the emails you have sent yesterday along with these posts, you need to adjust your attitude or go elsewhere.
I'm sorry, but I was trying to find a particular item & I searched for weeks to no avail. It began to feel as if everyone was intentionally sending me in circles. Surely someone back in the beginning of my search knew the difference between win 8 & win8.1, yet I've always been sent to an 8.1 download.. I cannot get my PC to boot AT ALL. I can see that it's all there when I connect the SSD as a slave drive, that is the only way into it. I even bought a new SSD & used my recovery media to install the OS on it. But now it is the same as the original drive, neither drive will boot. When I put a preinstalled os win 7 drive in my PC shell(the hard drive being the ONLY different item) it boots to the win7 lock screen no problem & everything works like new.

My trouble only happens with the 8.0 OS Recovery Stick. I even tried formatting the old & the new drive to try installing win 7 first then use the 8.0 stick to install over that, just the unbootable win8.0 from the recovery usb stick.
Nothing works except for the recovery media, thumb drive on these two hard drives now. I've tried to install the 8.1 OS (image disk)on the new hard drive but it won't install, just like the win 7 OS.

Do you understand my dilemma? I had hopes that Brinks would help me. but even he points me to the 8.1 OS.

PLEASE can/will you help me? Or am I the last person alive that know there was a win 8 before 8.1 or 10? I am truly sorry if I upset anyone, I used no foul language, never called anyone names, it like no one acknowledged the words I typed. I'd say win8 (not 8.1) & they hear/read win8.1. Period.
 

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A G S 2018

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I'm sorry, but I was trying to find a particular item & I searched for weeks to no avail. It began to feel as if everyone was intentionally sending me in circles. Surely someone back in the beginning of my search knew the difference between win 8 & win8.1, yet I've always been sent to an 8.1 download.. I cannot get my PC to boot AT ALL. I can see that it's all there when I connect the SSD as a slave drive, that is the only way into it. I even bought a new SSD & used my recovery media to install the OS on it. But now it is the same as the original drive, neither drive will boot. When I put a preinstalled os win 7 drive in my PC shell(the hard drive being the ONLY different item) it boots to the win7 lock screen no problem & everything works like new.

My trouble only happens with the 8.0 OS Recovery Stick. I even tried formatting the old & the new drive to try installing win 7 first then use the 8.0 stick to install over that, just the unbootable win8.0 from the recovery usb stick.
Nothing works except for the recovery media, thumb drive on these two hard drives now. I've tried to install the 8.1 OS (image disk)on the new hard drive but it won't install, just like the win 7 OS.

Do you understand my dilemma? I had hopes that Brinks would help me. but even he points me to the 8.1 OS.

PLEASE can/will you help me? Or am I the last person alive that know there was a win 8 before 8.1 or 10? I am truly sorry if I upset anyone, I used no foul language, never called anyone names, it like no one acknowledged the words I typed. I'd say win8 (not 8.1) & they hear/read win8.1. Period.
I'll post 100 apologies If I can get a single working answer to win 8 (it never really had the point or zero behind it. Or the 1)
 

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It's the wrong version. I need the windows 8 ISO, The one Prior to 8.1.

I'm not sure there's any official download available for a "Windows 8" ISO file anymore. :(
 

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    Custom self built
    CPU
    Intel i7-8700K OC'd to 5 GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus XI Formula Z390
    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated Digital Audio (S/PDIF)
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    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
    Screen Resolution
    1920x1080
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
    8TB WD MyCloudEX2Ultra NAS
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    OCZ Series Gold OCZZ1000M 1000W
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    Thermaltake Core P3
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    Logitech wireless K800
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    Logitech MX Master
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    1 Gb/s Download and 35 Mb/s Upload
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    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 SB8200 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL - SURT1000XLI,
    Lumia 1520 phone

Barman58

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As windows 8.1 is classed as a Service pack for Windows 8, it completely replaced Windows 8 - the last windows 8 update took place in January 2016 and thus windows 8 was withdrawn after two years in January 2018 the windows 8.1 ISO is now considered by Microsoft as the current supported version of Windows 8 Call it Windows 8 SP1 if you prefer, but the ISO and all support was withdrawn in January 2018

Microsoft ends support for Windows 8, asks users to upgrade to Windows 8.1 or 10
 

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endeavor

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I'll post 100 apologies If I can get a single working answer to win 8 (it never really had the point or zero behind it. Or the 1)
I think you should just post the 100 apologies now :)
These are one of the best, nicest, politest, above board forums I know of, and the Moderators are of excellent character and work very hard.

Anyway, I don't know what your issue is with not using the 8.1 booter instead of 8
I can't remember if the 8.1 update blocked any borderline older hardware setups from being able to install or not. No matter, I don't know what the big deal is about finding the first 8 is either.
I have both the original x86 and x64 iso for Windows 8 release.
I just checked the hash on them, and search Google for the MD5 , and I came up with maaaany hits for that hash, and within minutes, I had it downloading. Why can't you do that?
ps: (I don't care about any crap that may come alongside of it, but it's just the iso with the proper hash is what you want)

Windows 8 x64 hash:
CRC32: A5889F86
MD5: 0E8F2199FAE18FE510C23426E68F675A
SHA-1: 1CE53AD5F60419CF04A715CF3233F247E48BEEC4

Windows 8 x86
CRC32: 049795D9
MD5: 4252407333706DF89A0C654924DD3F06
SHA-1: 22D680EC53336BEE8A5B276A972CEBA104787F62
 

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