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Windows Installation Media Creation Tool Help

Myfler

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I am trying to create installation media for Windows 8.1 by using the Windows Installation Media Creation Tool found on the Windows website, but every time the download is complete, I get the same message:


"Preparation did not complete successfully
The download did not complete.

There is not enough space on the disk."


Now, on the website and before you begin the download, it states that the USB you're using should have at least 4 GB of free space, but the USB I am using is a 16 GB USB with absolutely nothing on it. Can someone please tell me what is wrong? Am I doing something wrong, or could there be something wrong with my USB, or just my computer in general?

Thank you for any help.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1

Cliff S

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Try just downloading the ISO then just extract(unzip) it to the USB, no media creation tool needed. It'll even be UEFI bootable. I've been using this technique while testing Win10 Tech Preview and it works just fine.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1 Update Pro in Hyper-V/Windows 10 Pro 64 bit
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    PC/Desktop
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    Cliff's Black & Blue Wonder
    Gender
    Male
    CPU
    Intel Core i9-9900K
    Motherboard
    ASUS ROG Maximus X Hero
    Memory
    32 GB Quad Kit, G.Skill Trident Z RGB Series schwarz, DDR4-3866, 18-19-19-39-2T
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    ZOTAC GAMING GeForce RTX 2080 Ti AMP! Extreme Edition
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    (1) HD Webcam C270 (2) NVIDIA High Definition Audio (3) Realtek High Definition Audio
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    BenQ BL2711U(4K) and a hp 27vx(1080p)
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 x 32 bits (4294967296 colors) @ 60 Hz
    Hard Drives
    C: Samsung 960 EVO NVMe M.2 SSD
    E: & O: Libraries & OneDrive-> Samsung 850 EVO 1TB
    D: Hyper-V VM's -> Samsung PM951 Client M.2 512Gb SSD
    G: System Images -> HDD Seagate Barracuda 2TB
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KYHI

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Pro User
What size is your HDD, as you will need at least 12 to download, extract and create the media

Unlike Windows 10 Preview - Windows 8.1 is not available for download in ISO format..
You need to use the media creation tool to download the multi-index ESD media..
Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Name
    Jimmy
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
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    USA
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    us kentucky

alphanumeric

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What size is your HDD, as you will need at least 12 to download, extract and create the media

Unlike Windows 10 Preview - Windows 8.1 is not available for download in ISO format..
You need to use the media creation tool to download the multi-index ESD media..
Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

The Media Creation Tool will let you create an ISO? I've done it several times.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Name
    Kerry Waterfield
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Occupation
    Retired
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
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    Windows Defender
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    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
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Unlike Windows 10 Preview - Windows 8.1 is not available for download in ISO format..

I made an ISO---
{I extracted it too so I could just run it from the setup.exe it contains}

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Right now it is in a folder on the Desktop.
If I wanted to use it I would transfer the extracted files to a USB & click the setup.exe like I did when I installed Windows 10 TP.
 

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System One

  • OS
    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center
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    David A. Bailey
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    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Gateway
    CPU
    AMD K140 Cores 2 Threads 2 Name AMD K140 Package Socket FT1 BGA Technology 40nm
    Motherboard
    Manufacturer Gateway Model SX2110G (P0)
    Memory
    Type DDR3 Size 8192 MBytes DRAM Frequency 532.3 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ATI AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics
    Sound Card
    AMD High Definition Audio Device Realtek High Definition Audio USB Audio Device
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Name 1950W on AMD Radeon HD 7310 Graphics Current Resolution 1366x768 pixels Work Resolution 1366x76
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    Hard Drives
    AMD K140
    Cores 2
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    Name AMD K140
    Package Socket FT1 BGA
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    Specification AMD E1-1200 APU with Radeon HD Graphics
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alphanumeric

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In Windows 8, I just mount it. Then do a send to "removable media", or what ever the thumb drive is labeled. I downloaded 8.1, 8.1 Pro and 8.1 SL in 32 bit and 64 bit, all ISO files.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Name
    Kerry Waterfield
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Occupation
    Retired
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
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KYHI

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Try just downloading the ISO then just extract(unzip) it to the USB, no media creation tool needed.

You need the media tool to download windows 8.1 and create an ISO
Unlike windows 10 where you download the ISO

You'll missed my response... You Create the ISO - you do not download it.. You actually download an encrypted multi-index install.esd, for which the indexes are exported, and then captured into an ISO format
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Name
    Jimmy
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
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    USA
    State/Region Flag
    us kentucky

alphanumeric

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Try just downloading the ISO then just extract(unzip) it to the USB, no media creation tool needed.

You need the media tool to download windows 8.1 and create an ISO
Unlike windows 10 where you download the ISO

You'll missed my response... You Create the ISO - you do not download it.. You actually download an encrypted multi-index install.esd, for which the indexes are exported, and then captured into an ISO format

OK, now I've got you. Misunderstood what you said. Yes, files are downloaded by the MCT and then the ISO is created on your PC from those files. A two step process, versus just downloading an ISO file.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Name
    Kerry Waterfield
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Occupation
    Retired
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
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    Canada
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KYHI

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That is why I asked the size of the OP HDD. As you need 3 times the download size as HDD free space (approx. 12GB HDD free space)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10
    Name
    Jimmy
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Dell XPS 8700
    CPU
    I7
    Memory
    24 GB
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    USA
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    us kentucky

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:thumb: Clear as mud now. ;)
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit
    Name
    Kerry Waterfield
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    System Manufacturer/Model
    Asus
    CPU
    AMD Phenom II X4 980 Black Edition Deneb 3.7GHz
    Motherboard
    ASUS M4N68T-M V2 µATX Motherboard
    Memory
    8GB 4GBx2 Kingston PC10600 DDR3 1333 Memory
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA Geforce GT640 2 Gig DDR3 PCIe
    Sound Card
    VIA VT1708s High Definition Audio 8-channel Onboard
    Monitor(s) Displays
    22" LG E2242 1080p and 2 19" I-INC AG191D
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024 - 1920x1080 - 1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    Crucial MX100 256 GB SSD and 500 GB WD Blue SATA
    PSU
    Thermaltake TR 620
    Occupation
    Retired
    Case
    Power Up Black ATX Mid-Tower Case
    Cooling
    Stock heatsink fan
    Keyboard
    Logitech Wireless K350 Wave
    Mouse
    Logitech M570 Trackball and T650 TouchPad
    Internet Speed
    80 Mbps Down 30 Mbps Up
    Browser
    Internet Explorer 11
    Antivirus
    Windows Defender
    Other Info
    HP DVD1040e Lightscribe - External USB2
    Country Flag
    Canada
    State/Region Flag
    ca novia scotia

joz

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I noticed, that during the verification phase, the space on my disk C is quickly consumed. So the "There is not enough space on the disk" message can actualy relate to your c disk, if you have less than, say 10gb of free space
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    win8.1

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