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2015-01-24, 18:24 #1
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Legitimate Microsoft Windows 8.1 ISO Media Creation Tool
—>There is no Product Key requirement for using this tool and downloading the ISO/USB file.<—
In this thread, ces1948 asked how to get an 8.1 ISO for upgrading a Windows 7 PC. I found a link that looked promising, and posted it. And then I had an epiphany; would Windows 8.1 take a Repair/Reinstall similar to the tried and true method that works so well with Windows 7, without going through Refresh or Reset and the extra baggage they bring.
I decided to try that idea, but first, I needed a Windows 8.1 ISO. Here are the results of ces1948's quest, without all the extra posts (which is not to say that they aren't interesting posts, but I kinda hijacked that thread).
Make sure you're logged on as a member of the Administrators group, and go to Microsoft's Installation Media Creation Tool page.
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Click the "Create" button on the bottom left, then click Run when you're given the option to run or save. You'll be asked for your preference of Windows 8.1.
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After you've selected your criteria, you'll be asked for your preference of media. I prefer USB—it's much quicker than DVD.
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When you've made your choice and clicked Next, if you choose USB, you'll need at least a 4GB stick plugged in.
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The tool spends a bit of time getting the appropriate files together for your selection.
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Once it's gathered the files, the download begins. It's over 3GB, so it will take a little time, depending on your internet connection speed.
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Once the download is complete, the tool prepares your USB drive.
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When the flash drive is finished, you get a reminder that you'll need your Product Key for installation.
At the bottom left of the above screen is a link, "What's next?" Click that link, and you'll get this synopsis of installation instructions.
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Of course, if your intention is to upgrade a Windows 7 PC, you'll need a legitimate Product Key, and you'll also need to make sure that PC is ready for upgrade.
If you want to use your USB/DVD for a Repair/Reinstall, that get's a little interesting. It does work, and I'll follow up with another thread on my results.
Last edited by bbearren; 2015-02-17 at 08:58. Reason: spelling, correctionsCreate a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!
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