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Official Microsoft ISO/Media Creation Tool

  1. #61


    I'm very happy to see that MS released a pretty straight-forward process for obtaining this media and installing. Having to use the generic key and then reapply your original key was a bit cumbersome.

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  2. #62


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    I'm very happy to see that MS released a pretty straight-forward process for obtaining this media and installing. Having to use the generic key and then reapply your original key was a bit cumbersome.
    Add to that ,not having to enter a key to actually do the download, and its a win win, for those with OEM keys. They were shut out with the other download.
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  3. #63


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


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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.
    Sounds good. I will have a go at this straight onto the thumb drive, and maybe burn onto a dvd as well, just in case.

    I guess that means I can consider re-using the 16gb thumb drive that currently has my OEM recovery media on it too. No way do I want to recover back to W8 if I have a workable option for 8.1.

    I was beginning to regret the OEM laptop decision, given the hassles MS had created, but my faith has been somewhat restored .

    Now all we need is a free upgrade to Windows 10.
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  4. #64


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


    @alpha: I wanted to give you some rep, but the isn't showing for some reason.
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  5. #65


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    You can't give rep in the News section, thanks anyway.
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  6. #66


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by SaggyMaggyPoo View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    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.
    Sounds good. I will have a go at this straight onto the thumb drive, and maybe burn onto a dvd as well, just in case.

    I guess that means I can consider re-using the 16gb thumb drive that currently has my OEM recovery media on it too. No way do I want to recover back to W8 if I have a workable option for 8.1.

    I was beginning to regret the OEM laptop decision, given the hassles MS had created, but my faith has been somewhat restored .

    Now all we need is a free upgrade to Windows 10.
    It's a bit of a catch22. When you buy a PC with Windows preinstalled your supposed to go to the PC manufacturer for support, even with OS related problems. One reason for this is the OEM's do a custom install with the recovery partition etc. Microsoft doesn't want to have to deal with that stuff. You call the OEM and all they want to do sell you a set of recovery media, not a full install DVD.

    I have no idea why Microsoft blocked OEM keys from the other download. This new download thankfully bypasses all that by not requiring any key to download it. That and it using 8.0 keys for install and activation with no work arounds is a win win for everybody.
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  7. #67


    India
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    Win 8.1 Update x64


    MS has really upped the ante with this powerful tool, love it
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  8. #68

    Microsoft allowing ISO Downloads for 8.1


    Finally, Microsoft has made it easy for anyone to quire the Windows 8.1 ISO for creation of either a bootable USB Flash Disk installation media or a DVD to install Windows 8.1. this is a Microsoft Page
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  9. #69


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    Windows 8.1.1 Pro with Media Center


    Good information.
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  10. #70


    Yep, we have been discussing it here for a few weeks
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