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Official Microsoft ISO/Media Creation Tool

  1. #51


    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    May be Kerry or genet could help you with that question. I dont know. It worked for me with USB. Anyway I still have the ISO stored in my machine.

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  2. #52


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I don't think it matters what OS your running on the PC you download it on. I downloaded on 8.1 and Windows 10. There is a "Burn ISO File to DVD" option. I haven't actually burned a DVD myself, I do all my installs from USB thumb drives.
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  3. #53


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by Jody Thornton View Post
    Yeah but do I have to be on a Win7x or 8x PC? It appears I must be on those OSs and have a USB drive. Whereas, I have a Vista PC and I just want to plain download the ISO and keep it for down the road.

    I appreciate the help and clarification.
    You can download an ISO and store it away for latter, I've done it. I've downloaded a couple actually from that link. They talk about 7 and 8.x but its in reference to actually upgrading or installing from and whether you need a product code or not. That's the way I read it anyway. For example if your running 8.0 Core and want to go to 8.1 Pro you need a Pro key. Or if your running 7 you need a key for whatever version of 8.x you want to install.
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  4. #54


    VA USA
    Posts : 349
    W8.1up1 Pro x64 w/media center


    They're both right, all U need is the ISO, burned to a install disk, and your key if your installing pro and any keys for stuff like Windows Media. Its why I said its good to have that for just the reason you stated, so you CAN install your OS on a "used" machine. with or without the OEM number, as long as you have your retail key. Hell the machine doesn't have to have any OS loaded at all, either, you might just want to format a used drive.

    Burned to USB or DVD it doesn't much matter, as long as you have either available to run the installer.
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  5. #55


    I was able to get all of the ISOs I needed. But I ran it from my Windows 10 TP VM. Vista was not supported.
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  6. #56


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    OK, well now we know, won't work from Vista. The web site doesn't tell you much other than a PC with an Internet connection is required. I do believe there is no upgrade path from Vista, you'd have to clean install. That may have something to do with it. At least you got your ISO's, so it wasn't a total lose.
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  7. #57


    Absolutely. I wish they had done something like this years ago, but better late than never.
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  8. #58


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    to that.
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  9. #59


    Greece
    Posts : 341
    Win8.1 64bit, Windows 10 TP on VMWare Player


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    For those that may not know, this tool will let you download a Windows 8.1 ISO to do a clean install with. No Product Code is needed for the download. Core, Pro , N and the elusive Single Language versions are available in 32 bit and 64 bit. You can also use it to create a bootable thumb drive to install Windows with.
    @alpha: Did you download straight onto a usb thumb drive or download the iso and then create the thumb drive?

    I really want this iso - had MS released it a little earlier it could have saved me 2 refreshes back down to W8 and several hours of updating back to where I wanted to be. And I want it on a thumb drive as I have 2 laptops I could need to use it on. But I don't want to mess it up .
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  10. #60


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,489
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    For those that may not know, this tool will let you download a Windows 8.1 ISO to do a clean install with. No Product Code is needed for the download. Core, Pro , N and the elusive Single Language versions are available in 32 bit and 64 bit. You can also use it to create a bootable thumb drive to install Windows with.
    @alpha: Did you download straight onto a usb thumb drive or download the iso and then create the thumb drive?

    I really want this iso - had MS released it a little earlier it could have saved me 2 refreshes back down to W8 and several hours of updating back to where I wanted to be. And I want it on a thumb drive as I have 2 laptops I could need to use it on. But I don't want to mess it up .
    I did both. I created a thumb drive with this tool and did a clean install of 8.1 Core on my Laptop. It came with Windows 8.0 Core, that embedded code was used to install and activate 8.1 Core automatically. I also downloaded the ISO's and made a couple of bootable thumb drives manually using diskpart. Doing it that way I was able to use 4 GB thumb drives. Using the tool it wouldn't let me use 4 gig drives I had to use an 8 gig or bigger drive. I have no idea why? The tool creates FAT 32 formatted drives which are compatible with UEFI installs.
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