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Windows 8 Install Disk


TheGrantFitz

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#1
I would like to find a method for creating a Windows 8 Install Disk after the upgrade. I had a Windows 7 bootable installation disk on a USB flash drive. Is there anyway to get a Windows 8 installation ISO or DVD cheap? (or free? :))
 

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theog

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#2
You have a option when you download to Install, make ISO, or make USB pendrive.
 

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Ztruker

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#3
Download Win 8 again (use the link in the Email you got) as theog said and have it create a .iso file.
Download and run Universal USB Installer – Easy as 1 2 3 | USB Pen Drive Linux.
Select Windows 8 from the dropdown box, point to the .iso and your flash drive (4+GB), press Start and in 10-20 minutes you have Win 8 installable from a flash drive.
 

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SIW2

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#4
I tried the upgrade - had a few issues.

Leaving that aside - I did still have the hidden ESD directory on my partition.

Everything you need is in there.

No point in downloading it again.
 

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Ztruker

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#5
The hidden ESD directory is created by the upgrade process when you don't create an iso, right? Gues that's why I don't have one as I created the .iso then put it on a flash drive to install from.
 

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Ztruker

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SIW2

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The files should still be there, I created an iso first - to have look at it. Then did the upgrade - the ESD directory is still there. - just make an iso.

Use oscdimg or cdimage or mkisofs or I believe imgburn will do it , etc.

Should be very easy for forum regulars.

The drawback to the iso - whichever way you make - there is no install.wim . Instead there is an install.esd.

It is heavily compressed so the download is smaller - problem is you can't do much with it except install. I haven't figured out how to customise that.

If you want a proper install.wim - either get hold of the msdn .iso, or make your own install.wim
 

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TheGrantFitz

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#8
I tried the upgrade - had a few issues.

Leaving that aside - I did still have the hidden ESD directory on my partition.

Everything you need is in there.

No point in downloading it again.
How to access? :)
 

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TheGrantFitz

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#9
The files should still be there, I created an iso first - to have look at it. Then did the upgrade - the ESD directory is still there. - just make an iso.

Use oscdimg or cdimage or mkisofs or I believe imgburn will do it , etc.

Should be very easy for forum regulars.

The drawback to the iso - whichever way you make - there is no install.wim . Instead there is an install.esd.

It is heavily compressed so the download is smaller - problem is you can't do much with it except install. I haven't figured out how to customise that.

If you want a proper install.wim - either get hold of the msdn .iso, or make your own install.wim
How do I make the install.wim
 

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Sorry for the basic question but...after following the guide from the quoted link, do i now have to identify and/or convert something from its contents into an "iso file" in order to reset and install? Or is the USB as it now essentially the same thing?
It is essentially the same thing and you should be able to use DVD burn program to create iso from it

My preference is to create the ISO file from the download then create a bootable USB from that, having the ISO allows me to make DVD or USB at anytime
 

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TheGrantFitz

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#13
The files should still be there, I created an iso first - to have look at it. Then did the upgrade - the ESD directory is still there. - just make an iso.

Use oscdimg or cdimage or mkisofs or I believe imgburn will do it , etc.

Should be very easy for forum regulars.

The drawback to the iso - whichever way you make - there is no install.wim . Instead there is an install.esd.

It is heavily compressed so the download is smaller - problem is you can't do much with it except install. I haven't figured out how to customise that.

If you want a proper install.wim - either get hold of the msdn .iso, or make your own install.wim
Could I use my Windows 8 Enterprise install.wim? :confused:
 

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