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Official Microsoft ISO/Media Creation Tool

  1. #11

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    save to your hard drive
    it downloads temp files then creates the iso file

    if you unhide your system file you will notice an ESD folder - rename it before clicking finish on the tool - now you will an iso and media

    you'll need about 6.5 GB of hard drive space for download files and iso
    Last edited by KYHI; 11 Nov 2014 at 13:52.

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  2. #12

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    Windows 10 Pro 64 bit

    Do any of you know if this is 8.1 or 8.1.1 ISO. I downloaded the ISO file and saved it. At the end the only choice I had was finish.It did not burn it to a DVD. Do you have to burn it with another program.
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  3. #13

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    it took 34 updates after install - 9600.17238.amd64fre.winblue_gdr.140723-2018 - The tool release date Oct, 28 2014
    if you unhide your system file you will notice an ESD folder -"" rename it before clicking finish on the tool "" - now you will have iso and media

    Double clicking the iso file appears to mount it as a virtual dvd drive (using windows 8) you should be able to right click on the iso and burn the iso to dvd (using windows 8)
    Last edited by KYHI; 12 Nov 2014 at 04:07.
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  4. #14

    Posts : 148
    Windows 8.1 Update 1

    "Sarcasm on" Wow, am I dreaming? It took MS almost a year to realize that it's customers might want to do a clean install of Windows 8.1 instead of upgrading from Windows 8. That's customer service at it's best "sarcasm off".
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  5. #15

    VA USA
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    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center

    Well this is weird, I D/Led the files, that created the ESD folder, and the contents, the program automatically created the ISO, which emptied the ESD folder.

    OK so I have the ISO that it said was good, I burned it to DVD with WinISO, and it was a dud, the thing wouldn't verify, and gave me an error, OK, so did it again with Nero, this time it wouldn't verify after creating either, tried to read both DVD's in my DVD but they wouldn't read at all, it just said dvd was without media. ???

    So now I can't even re make the ISO from the ESD folder since the files were removed after it made the ISO. I'm not sure what the deal is, cause if the ISO was deemed corrupt, you'd think the program would have said so.

    I now have 2 DVD's that are hosed, what could be the problem?

    btw both programs said the burn process had completed successfully after the burning process ???


    edit 1

    Just tried it again using yet another burning program, same thing, I can't belive 3 DVD's are bad. this time i took a couple screen shots, one shows the thing as completing, and the other shows it again as not showing up to be verified.

    I'm now trying one more (4th) DVD, but I'm using my old Vista machine and an older version of Nero. I'll edit when its done and see if that works.

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    edit 2

    man OK, well unbelievably, the burned ISO I did on my old Vista machine works, now I'm not sure if the first 3 DVD's were bad, or what, cause the burner on my laptop works fine. I tested the disk to make sure it would even boot being it was made on the 32bit Vista machine, and it does.

    I assume even though it shows the Windows 8 logo on the opening screen its the latest version 8.1.1 right??? I clicked next just to see what it does, and it gave me a screen to repair windows, I assume that's because I already have 8.1.1 installed, and if not it would go into the install screen.

    Anyway I have this one now, one of W8 the first version, and another install DVD of the ISO I downloaded from one of the torrent sites of W8.1, back when MS was acting crazy, and the normal update of 8.1 didn't want to work, so I assume i have it pretty much covered lol. Since I make several Image backups as it is I may never really need a "clean" installer anyway, only reason I can see for it is if i buy a used machine with some OEM OS like XP or 7.

    Now wonder how W10 will deal with it?
    Last edited by HOODY; 12 Nov 2014 at 01:13.
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  6. #16

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    Windows 3.1 > Windows 10

    Actually it is rumored that windows 10 will also be a free update.. And using your old media means you will have to play tricks again, just trash the disks.. You now have a reliable install method... Yeah and it only took a year to conceive.. Because as soon as 8.1 update came out, 8 was trash and old news.. MS did not do so good on the windows 8 platform as far as sales.. windows 10 is more geared for big companies with a familiar user interface - that is their target market with 10..
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  7. #17

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    Windows 10

    Quote Originally Posted by HOODY View Post
    I clicked next just to see what it does, and it gave me a screen to repair windows, I assume that's because I already have 8.1.1 installed, and if not it would go into the install screen.
    Repair Install Windows 8

    How to Do a Clean Install

    Boot the computer from your Windows 8.1 installation DVD or USB flash drive.

    Clean Install - Windows 8


    UEFI (Unified Extensible Firmware Interface) - Install Windows 8 with
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  8. #18

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    windows 7

    Yay about time! Finally MS seen sense.

    First thing I'll be doing when I get home will be downloading this 😁
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  9. #19

    Quote Originally Posted by genet View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Baidukun View Post
    Have anyone tested it with windows 8 upgrade version?
    I have tested it with "Windows 8 $15 Upgrade Offer" product key. The installation is easy to do.
    hi.. this means that the ISO created will accept the upgrade offer key and at the end Windows 8.1 will result ACTIVATED (non OEM or UEFI pc) ?
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  10. #20

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    Windows 10


    This Windows 8.1 installation media accepts Windows 8/8.1 product keys. For example, if you are using "Windows 8 Pro $15 Upgrade Offer" product key, the activation should succeed in all Windows computers (OEM, non OEM, UEFI, non UEFI).
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