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Windows 8.1 iso won't be available to the public

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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. :(

 

Source: http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/windows-81-upgrade-step-step 

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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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I guess Wzor spared Microsoft blushes

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

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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.

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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!!!!

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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..

PS: who is that in your sig?

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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.

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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.

 

PS: who is that in your sig?

Bailey Jay

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

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http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

How about that then create a Windows 8.1 ISO USB key and go from there? That's the only Legal place I see where you can do that. Dunno about this Windows 8 being available for download as an ISO as well either?

Unless you are talking about the digitalriver links which are official but not an "easy" upgrade in the least either.

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Does anybody know if after you install Windows 8.1, you make a recovery USB will it be all setup for Win8.1 or will that still be the original 8.0 version?

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I'm normally a big MS fan, but the release of Windows8.1 is just silly.

How can they think it's acceptable for people who have more then one device to have to download this massive upgrade more then once.

Why can't they just release an ISO so we can upgrade all our devices with only one download.

 

This is just silly, Why can't they do the right thing for once, there is always something wrong when they release new stuff, but this I really don't get

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Unless you are talking about the digitalriver links which are official but not an "easy" upgrade in the least either.

I forgot about those links. This will help people get the .iso files legally. :)

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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.

 
 

Bailey Jay

 

thats a first, I dont come across anyone who's into TS girls.  :rofl:  But back to topic

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http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only

How about that then create a Windows 8.1 ISO USB key and go from there? That's the only Legal place I see where you can do that. Dunno about this Windows 8 being available for download as an ISO as well either?

Unless you are talking about the digitalriver links which are official but not an "easy" upgrade in the least either.

I was able to do this and it worked, but I had to run the windows 8 setup from that page first, have it accept my windows 8 key and start downloading windows 8, and then cancel it and run the windows 8.1 setup from that page, which then skipped right past asking for a key and downloaded windows 8.1 for me :) (if you just run the windows 8.1 one first it asks for a key but doesn't accept a legit win 8 key, only a "windows 8.1 key".) It may be possible to use one of the generic keys when you run the 8.1 setup first, but I haven't tried that myself yet, I was able to use a generic key during the windows 8.1 install though (once again, the windows 8.1 installer wouldn't accept my legit win8 key at that point), which let me proceed with clean install from the usb I made from the windows 8.1 setup application, and then was able to activate with my real win8 key post-install.

 

I don't know why microsoft makes this such a pain. If its a free upgrade, then why the hell can't they just let us use our existing windows 8 keys for the clean install process? Seems really arbitrary and stupid...

 

The clean install was also a lot faster than the windows store upgrade. The upgrade method took forever and rebooted like 50 times lol.

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

PS: who is that in your sig?

Bailey Jay.  No, not a female by traditional sense of the word.

 

I made the mistake of googling it once.

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Of course they wont.  How about they let us put our product key into the "Get windows 8 without media"  

 

 

I hunted down my product key since my PC came with it they dont have a COA sticker, and you have to hunt down the key using software.  

 

Got it, downloaded the thing from microsoft.  "Key is not valid" 

 

Go ###### yourself.  Although other people have the exact same issue.  

 

I was downloading it from the store for THREE HOURS and it didn't go.  

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I'm normally a big MS fan, but the release of Windows8.1 is just silly.

How can they think it's acceptable for people who have more then one device to have to download this massive upgrade more then once.

Why can't they just release an ISO so we can upgrade all our devices with only one download.

 

This is just silly, Why can't they do the right thing for once, there is always something wrong when they release new stuff, but this I really don't get

 

+1

 

Another small but irritating result of upgrading - the language is reset to EN-US. I fail to understand why the hell can't it detect which language pack you're using and retain that!!

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Bailey Jay.  No, not a female by traditional sense of the word.

 

I made the mistake of googling it once.

Yeah I just did the same..She's a power top XD

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