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Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create

  1. #360

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    Win8.1 Pro | Win10TP Pro - boot to VHD

    New option One or Option Four

    Source: Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create Option One Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
    Use the MediaCreationTool to download an ISO for Windows 8.1 editions

    1. Download the Media Creation Tool


    Tip   Tip
    You do not need to specify a license key to download the ISO. You might need the license key at install time.
    If you are re-installing the same edition that was previously installed on your machine, the Key will be read from memory.

    2. Launch mediacreationtool.exe from the download save location
    Note: The default location is your Downloads folder.

    3. Select your preferred language, the edition of your License Key, and the bit depth architecture of your machine.

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    4. Select the location where you want to save the ISO
    Note: The default location is your Downloads folder.

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    warning   Warning
    Quote Originally Posted by MS
    Boot from the media you created to install on a partition Applies to Windows 8.1
    To install Windows 8.1 on another partition:
    • You must have a version of Windows already running in the partition.
    • You must create a DVD or USB flash drive that you can boot from.
    • If you're using an ISO file to install Windows, you must burn the ISO file to a DVD. You can't use a USB flash drive for this.
    • Write down your Windows 8.1 product key. You won't be able to install Windows 8.1 without it.

    After you create the DVD or USB flash drive, you’ll boot from it, and then choose a partition to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
    Source: Boot from the media you created to install on a partition - Windows Help

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    5. Download the install media

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    6. Burn to the ISO to a blank writable DVD

    Select Open DVD Burner

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    Verify the information on the burn screen is correct and press the Burn button.

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    Label the DVD, Windows 8.1 edition bit-depth, when the burn process completes
    For example: Windows 8.1 Core x64

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  2. #361

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Thank you Bill. I added this as a new Option One.
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  3. #362

    When it says Downloading installation file, what is it actually downloading and from where?

    Is this how we can now get a valid, legal Windows 8.1 ISO?

    I'm in the process of running it now but was curious as to what it was actually doing.

    Edit: I read the first post just now and it answers my question as to what but not where it's getting the files from to create the iso.

    Edit#2: Might want to add a link to the MS web stie that describes it: Create installation media for Windows 8.1 - Windows Help

    Never mind, see it's already there! I need to read more before reacting!!!!

    Really great to have this. Should solve many Win 8/8.1 problems.
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  4. #363

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Hey Rich,

    The ISO comes directly from Microsoft.
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  5. #364

    I figured it did since the tool is from MS.

    I noticed it created a C:\ESD\Windows folder on my Win 7 system just like when doing a store upgrade. That's where the ISO must be generated from.
    What's neat (I think ) is I'm running Win 7 Pro X64 and the tool allows me to download a 32 bit version, not something you can do via the store.
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  6. #365

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    64-bit Windows 10

    Yeah, I like that you can choose 32 or 64 bit instead of only being able to get what you are currently running.
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  7. #366

    Took about 45 minutes start to finish for me. If you exit without creating a DVD or flash, it leaves the ISO so it can be used later.

    Very, very nice to have this finally.

    Kudos to SlattyBart.
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  8. #367

    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10

    I noticed it created a hidden C:\ESD\Windows folder on my system as well, but it was empty after clicking on Finish at the end.
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  9. #368

    Posts : 879
    Windows 10

    "Downloading installation file"


    For example:

    But the folder "WindowsInstallationMediaCreationTool" is empty when you click Finish.
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  10. #369

    So what happens to the "Hidden" C:\ESD folder on the C: drive if it's already there from a store upgrade to 8.1? Does the tool rename it, overlay it, use it or not run?

    Time to find out I guess.
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