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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.

    3 Where's the USB.PNG

    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.

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    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 07:58. Reason: spelling, corrections
    Create a fresh drive image before making system changes, in case you need to start over!

    "The problem is not the problem. The problem is your attitude about the problem. Savvy?"—Captain Jack Sparrow "When you're troubleshooting, start with the simple and proceed to the complex."—M.O. Johns "Experience is what you get when you're looking for something else."—Sir Thomas Robert Deware.
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