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Official Microsoft ISO/Media Creation Tool

  1. #71


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Yep, we have been discussing it here for a few weeks
    Official Microsoft ISO/Media Creation Tool
    I've been on an offshore project, I guess I just missed this. Internet is so bad on this project I can barely do e-mail a long as no one sends me a picture attachment

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  2. #72


    Quote Originally Posted by David Bailey View Post
    Good information.
    Yes it really is, to think back at all the frustrated people that needed a clean install and were not able to get there hands on a legal ISO. Probably some one should sticky this information in the Install section.
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  3. #73


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    It's now the new option one here, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 ISO - Download or Create
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  4. #74


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    An operation to partition the C drive on my brother's new Toshiba UEFI-equipped laptop, while it all appeared to have worked OK, then refused to allow the machine to re-boot. None of the repair, reset, refresh, system restore operations would run. And no, he hadn't created any recovery media.

    So to allow him to retrieve his files etc, I did a rough, non-activated install yesterday, using my Win 8 Pro disk (original introductory reduced-price version) which got his files etc back but was obviously never going to activate and be legal. Subsequently, last night I downloaded this as an ISO, created a USB install media, and used it today to re-install Windows (8.1 Core) for him. It virtually fell onto his system, picked up the embedded product key out of the UEFI BIOS with no problem, and activated immediately upon connecting to the internet.

    And as a side benefit, the install routine did pick the re-partitioned drive (2 x 350GB partitions), allowed me to blitz his original factory recovery partitions, and allowed the installation to proceed on the 350GB C: partition while the second partition remained unallocated. Once installed, I used Disk Management to successfully allocate and format the D: partition. A re-boot proved successful, so he did get his two partitions after all, with the added bonus of a clean install with no factory carp-ware or bloatware.

    So my brother is very happy. As am I, because I grabbed the 8.1 Pro ISO for myself as my current setup is Windows 8 Pro (with WMC) upgraded to the 8.1 RTM, which subsequently upgraded itself to Win 8.1.1, making for a very involved and convoluted setup indeed. At least now I know that I won't have to go through it all again should I ever need to do a re-install (between now and the release of a usable W10 beta - the current build is nice, but nowhere near ready for prime-time). I will still have to use a product key though as my BIOS is not UEFI.

    All is good.


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  5. #75


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Add a PID.txt file with your product code in it, to the sources folder, and you won't have to enter a product code during setup. Just don't use that now custom install media on more than that one PC. I have dedicated install thumb drives for each PC I own. Each with its own PID.txt file and some other custom info added.
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  6. #76


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Add a PID.txt file with your product code in it, to the sources folder, and you won't have to enter a product code during setup. Just don't use that now custom install media on more than that one PC. I have dedicated install thumb drives for each PC I own. Each with its own PID.txt file and some other custom info added.

    Thanks for the tip, Alpha! I'll bear that in mind for future installations.

    Cheers...

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  7. #77


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I've noticed something interesting. If I install Windows 8.1 Pro with Media created with this tool I get a "Embedded Lockdown Manager" installed. If I install 8.1 Pro using my MSDN ISO its not there? Makes me wonder what other differences there are, and why? The Embedded Lockdown Manager appears to be an MMC Snap In. It's not something I've ever heard of or used. It was mentioned in a thread on 10 Forums. Then I noticed I had it on my laptop but not my desktop PC. I just did a clean install on my desktop PC with Media Creation Tool Media and now its listed in the Start Screen under Administrative Tools. On the previous MSDN install it was MIA? Both were 8.1 Pro 64 bit.
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  8. #78


    UK
    Posts : 74
    Windows 8.1 Pro, 64 bit


    Hi All

    Have just noticed that same program `Embedded Lockdown Manager` after my clean install and have read the Microsoft explanation and YES I don't understand a word of it can any one explain in simple terms.

    Thanks
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  9. #79


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,487
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by vidanova View Post
    Hi All

    Have just noticed that same program `Embedded Lockdown Manager` after my clean install and have read the Microsoft explanation and YES I don't understand a word of it can any one explain in simple terms.

    Thanks
    Have a look at this post in this thread, Hope I didn't 'Brick' my PC! - Page 5
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  10. #80


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    Windows 8.1


    Quote Originally Posted by Burgurne View Post
    I can't download the media!
    And then the error come allmost instant.

    "Download did not complete successfully"
    The download task did not complete.
    The file or the folder is not a NTFS reparse-point.
    The TMP environment must point to a location with at least 8 GB of usable storage.

    Open Command prompt and change them to at location with enough space (e.g. set tmp=c:\temp) and run the tool from the prompt.
    Last edited by jorgensen; 11 Apr 2015 at 00:40.
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