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#1 +LimeMaster

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:21

According to Paul Thurrott, Microsoft won't release the .iso to the general pubic.  :/

 

Quote: WaltC

1) releasing an "official" retail, full 8.1 iso for 8.0 upgraders (like the Technet/MSDN iso's that do not support full upgrades from Win7 but only from 8.0)

Quote: Paul T:

Microsoft told me that is not happening.

 

Kinda sucks for those who don't have access to a subscription. :(

 

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#2 Roger H.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 18:43

For people like you that want an ISO you'll get it anyways. Microsoft has never released a RTM ISO to the public (AFAIK). That has never stopped people from getting it though and installing just fine without TechNet/MSDN subscriptions.

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:04

I guess Wzor spared Microsoft blushes



#4 freak180

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:06

I dont think the majority of the public know what the hell is an iso



#5 Astra.Xtreme

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:10

It's pretty easy to find a torrent of the ISO.  As long as you don't download a cracked copy, it's perfectly legal.



#6 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:12

I dont think the majority of the public know what the hell is an iso

You say that yet one of the features added in Windows 8 was the ability to mount ISO files as drives. However, it doesn't matter whether the majority of the public will use it, just whether it will benefit end-users.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:34

This is meant to be a free update for Windows 8, so you would think they'd release the .iso to the public. :/



#8 freak180

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:37

You say that yet one of the features added in Windows 8 was the ability to mount ISO files as drives. However, it doesn't matter whether the majority of the public will use it, just whether it will benefit end-users.

Again It stand corrected. If they know what an iso is then its safe to assume they can torrent it.



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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:40

Again It stand corrected. If they know what an iso is then its safe to assume they can torrent it.

Not everyone will know how to make sure they download the untouched one, though.



#10 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:46

Again It stand corrected. If they know what an iso is then its safe to assume they can torrent it.

Microsoft has released ISOs for various other products, including Windows 8 and the Windows 8.1 Preview. Just because technically-minded people can download the ISO from non-reputable sources doesn't mean they should have to.



#11 arachnoid

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:46

 

It actually goes further than that, though. "Consumers" here really means any copies of Windows 8 that weren't purchased through Microsoft's Volume Licensing programs. So a small business with 20 PCs to upgrade, for example, will have to do them one at a time via the Windows Store – so that's 20 separate 3.5GB downloads.
The Windows Store is the only way for consumers (non-enterprise, non-IT Pro) to download and install Windows 8.1. No ISOs will be made available, so each device needs to be updated individually via the Windows Store.

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Way to go 3.5GB DOWNLOAD for every device you have!!!!



#12 freak180

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 19:55

Microsoft has released ISOs for various other products, including Windows 8 and the Windows 8.1 Preview. Just because technically-minded people can download the ISO from non-reputable sources doesn't mean they should have to.

I didnt said they shouldnt but its not really a lost..

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 20:09

No offline installer = FAIL  No reason to have to DL 3.5 GB x #_of_systems.  I keep a USB thumbdrive with all the Office/Windows SPs, video/audio/etc drivers from the major makers, it saves me a ton of time having to install that stuff on new boxes.  With the size of this update here, even more reason to have a offline installer I can put on a thumbdrive.



#14 theyarecomingforyou

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 20:10

 

I didnt said they shouldnt but its not really a lost..

Well, it's something that users could do before and can't now - I don't know what else to class that as other than a loss. You're right that it's not a big deal in the grand scheme of things but it is an inconvenience.

 

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Posted 17 October 2013 - 20:16

For information 8.1 Pro ISO is now also available to download for Action Pack subscribers.