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  1. tmpusr889's Avatar
    Is there an ISO available for Windows 8.1? I have four machines and limited bandwidth, so I'd love to just be able to download the update once. I know this has been done for service packs in the past, but I haven't heard anything about it for the new 8.1 version.
    10-17-2013 01:49 PM
  2. iboypx's Avatar
    Is there an ISO available for Windows 8.1? I have four machines and limited bandwidth, so I'd love to just be able to download the update once. I know this has been done for service packs in the past, but I haven't heard anything about it for the new 8.1 version.
    same quetion.. where can i download new ISO?
    10-17-2013 01:56 PM
  3. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    I'm searching for the iso too...where can i find It?
    10-17-2013 02:06 PM
  4. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    There is an ISO which was made available last month but only to MSDN and TechNet subscribers. I am not sure if Microsoft will make it available to public tomorrow.
    10-17-2013 02:32 PM
  5. freshairr's Avatar
    The rumbling around the web is that it'll be available tomorrow.

    And if not, you should able to make one yourself once the 8.1 update assistant comes out (like how it work'd for 8 - Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant - Download and Run steps 16+)

    Otherwise you'll have to acquire it through......other means.
    10-17-2013 04:45 PM
  6. Selfie13's Avatar
    Go to winsupersite.com, Paul Thurrott has a post about how to do this, he's also working on a more descriptive article about the process and is looking to post it very soon. From Windows Weekly Podcast today.
    10-17-2013 04:57 PM
  7. Dragunov2's Avatar
    U can find it, but just search well :)

    In every possible language, I have downloaded the Dutch ISO in the past of the Windows 8.1 Pro RTM
    10-17-2013 06:39 PM
  8. Guzzler3's Avatar
    I tried what Paul Thurrott talked about, going to Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help and selecting "Install Windows 8.1" but when I had to enter my key it was not valid. The key was an online purchase for Windows Pro 8 upgrade back when it was only $40.


    This sucks, because now if I want to rebuild my system, I have to install Windows Pro 8, then do the 8.1 update. (Yep, I already went through the process. After I already did the update. Just experimenting).

    Now, I also tried to create a recovery disk after the update to a USB drive. It's only 282 MB of files. WTF?!?!?!?!?!?
    10-17-2013 08:06 PM
  9. prettyconfusd's Avatar
    Apparently they're not going to release the ISO publicly. Microsoft won't deliver Windows 8.1 ISO file for download to the public • Pureinfotech

    Seems crazy to me, I have four machines to update. Did one earlier before I realised I couldn't turn it into a bootable USB key but am holding off on the rest. Thankfully my ISP doesn't count bandwidth used between 1-6am so am just downloading on my other machine now.

    It's a really stupid decision though, most enthusiasts will have multiple machines so having to go the slow, clunky store route is madness. I really do despair with Microsoft sometimes, it's like for every good thing they do (this week's Windows Phone update available now for everyone) they have to do something to screw it up to balance things out...
    10-17-2013 08:15 PM
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    10-17-2013 10:01 PM
  11. diktea's Avatar
    tried and that blessed particular link after it directed me to windows website is '403 forbidden'. I have been trying to install the Windows 8.1 by upgrading from Preview but ever since last night the progress bar is 'Downloading - 0%' cancelled this morning tried it again and its already more than 1 hour and is still 0%
    10-18-2013 12:38 AM
  12. drjekel_mrhyde's Avatar
    Apparently they're not going to release the ISO publicly. Microsoft won't deliver Windows 8.1 ISO file for download to the public € Pureinfotech

    Seems crazy to me, I have four machines to update. Did one earlier before I realised I couldn't turn it into a bootable USB key but am holding off on the rest. Thankfully my ISP doesn't count bandwidth used between 1-6am so am just downloading on my other machine now.

    It's a really stupid decision though, most enthusiasts will have multiple machines so having to go the slow, clunky store route is madness. I really do despair with Microsoft sometimes, it's like for every good thing they do (this week's Windows Phone update available now for everyone) they have to do something to screw it up to balance things out...
    If Microsoft was a human, I would put it on suicide watch
    10-18-2013 10:40 AM
  13. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    I realize these are not official. Please delete if you believe this post is inappropriate. Isos are available at the My Digital Life forum in the Windows 8 section. Note that these are identical to MSDN releases and they will allow upgrades to a running Windows 8 system. Bing this: The Windows 8.1 (& related) Repository , click the top link and head to the first post.
    Last edited by Derausgewanderte; 10-18-2013 at 09:02 PM.
    10-18-2013 08:40 PM
  14. Cleavitt76's Avatar
    I tried what Paul Thurrott talked about, going to Upgrade Windows with only a product key - Microsoft Windows Help and selecting "Install Windows 8.1" but when I had to enter my key it was not valid. The key was an online purchase for Windows Pro 8 upgrade back when it was only $40.


    This sucks, because now if I want to rebuild my system, I have to install Windows Pro 8, then do the 8.1 update. (Yep, I already went through the process. After I already did the update. Just experimenting).

    Now, I also tried to create a recovery disk after the update to a USB drive. It's only 282 MB of files. WTF?!?!?!?!?!?
    I think it might be worse than that. The $40 deal was for an Windows 8 *upgrade* key. For that key to work, you have to start from an activated copy of Windows 7 (and maybe Vista, but not sure). I know this because I recently had to reinstall Windows 8 and I used a retail Windows 8 install DVD to do a fresh install. I used my $40 upgrade key and it said it was invalid and for upgrades only. Previous versions of Windows would just ask you to enter your key or disk for the previous version as proof that you are upgrading, but not Windows 8. I called MS support and they told me I had to install Windows 7 and go through the online upgrade process in order to us that key. Anyway, I don't think that the 8 to 8.1 is the problem with your key. I think it's the fact that you are trying to start with 8.x instead of 7.

    Also, the recovery disk is just a boot disk with the same recovery options as the Windows 8 install DVD would have. It has a tool to restore a system image, but you have to create and save a Windows system image separately. You can find that option under "Windows 7 Restore" in the control panel.
    10-18-2013 09:11 PM
  15. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    Cleavitt76, what you mentioned is not entirely true. I purchased Win8 upgrade and was able to use its ISO for doing a clean installation. If I remember correctly, I had to enter my Vista key during the installation process, and my Win8 upgrade key after the setup is done (with a little registry tweak) to fully activate Windows 8. Been using it for 9 months now without any issues.

    I managed to get a copy of Win8.1 RTM ISO last month, and from what I've been reading I can use it to do a clean installation as well. A temporary key should be used during the setup process and then my regular Win8 key to fully activate it after installation is done. I will try it and let you know how it goes.
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    10-18-2013 11:35 PM
  16. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    I managed to get a copy of Win8.1 RTM ISO last month, and from what I've been reading I can use it to do a clean installation as well. A temporary key should be used during the setup process and then my regular Win8 key to fully activate it after installation is done. I will try it and let you know how it goes.
    that is correct. I've done exactly that on two of my PCs. Clean installation or upgrade will work. And if you don't have the key of your currently activated OS you can easily get it with Magical Jelly Bean key finder (or this batch file if you are on RT).
    Last edited by Derausgewanderte; 10-19-2013 at 12:18 AM.
    10-19-2013 12:02 AM
  17. Guzzler3's Avatar
    I think it might be worse than that. The $40 deal was for an Windows 8 *upgrade* key.
    ...
    I found a work around in the beginning. Instead of updating the Win7 machine in place I had the updater download an ISO. From there I have been able to use that ISO to do fresh installs without any issues with just the "upgrade key" I purchased. I've never had to go digging around for an old W7 key.

    I've actually used the ISO to rebuild other peoples W8 systems, with their W8 key, when their drives died without an issue. From what I've seen, it's just like any other W8 ISO.
    10-19-2013 10:54 AM
  18. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    It worked for me :D
    I used the Windows 8.1 RTM ISO to do a clean installation, used a temporary key during the setup process (you can find this key if you google it) then after Windows was installed I successfully activated it with my original Windows 8 Upgrade key (which I purchased for $15 last year during a promotional offer). I didn't even need the registry tweak this time.
    10-19-2013 11:57 AM
  19. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    I successfully activated it with my original Windows 8 Upgrade key (which I purchased for $15 last year during a promotional offer).
    btw. it will work if you used your key within the promotional period to activate. If you never used the key it won't work.
    10-19-2013 12:21 PM
  20. MrGoodSmith's Avatar
    btw. it will work if you used your key within the promotional period to activate. If you never used the key it won't work.
    Didn't know that!! I'm glad I moved to Windows 8 early then.
    10-19-2013 12:32 PM
  21. Derausgewanderte's Avatar
    btw. somebody has figured out how to get the 8.1 is to download using Windows 8.0 Product key:
    Hazzaaa! Download Windows 8.1 ISO Using Windows 8.0 Product Key - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums
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    10-19-2013 10:33 PM
  22. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    btw. somebody has figured out how to get the 8.1 is to download using Windows 8.0 Product key:
    Hazzaaa! Download Windows 8.1 ISO Using Windows 8.0 Product Key - Microsoft (Windows) Discussion & Support - Neowin Forums
    thx 😊
    11-22-2013 06:27 AM
  23. S Vaibhav's Avatar
    Still no official iso from Microsoft :'(
    01-07-2014 02:31 AM
  24. AngryNil's Avatar
    You can get the ISO and make a bootable USB drive if you have a key for 8.1, did it for a new PC just a couple of weeks ago.

    No idea why they made 8.0 and 8.1 keys separate, though.
    Last edited by AngryNil; 01-07-2014 at 03:48 AM.
    01-07-2014 03:26 AM

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