Officially, Microsoft is not offering an ISO file for Windows 8.1, although there is at least one unofficial way users can create such an image. Now there's word that a major online retailer, Newegg, is taking pre-orders for what it calls a Windows 8.1 back-up media disc, but it's unclear if this is an official product from Microsoft.
The listing shows an image of the disc, and a price of $14.99 to pre-order the product before it officially launches on November 15th. It's possible that Newegg is simply selling the free Windows 8.1 upgrade for older Windows 8 PCs on a disc or it's a full recovery disc for those users who have Windows 8.1 installed but may need to reinstall the OS at a later time. We have emailed both Newegg and Microsoft to find out if this is an official product or if this is something that Newegg is doing on its own.
Microsoft is already selling two full retail versions of Windows 8.1 for people who want to upgrade their Windows XP, Vista or 7 PCs. The core Windows 8.1 OS is on sale for $119.99 while the Windows 8 Pro version can be bought for $199.99.
Update: A Microsoft spokesperson has contacted us, stating, "Microsoft has no plans to make ISO files available for consumers as an alternative installation method."