Newegg taking pre-orders for Windows 8.1 back-up disc; on sale Nov. 15th for $14.99

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."

Source: Newegg via WinBeta.org | Image via Newegg

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I need one of these to reload Windows 8.1 PCs when replacing a hard drive after a hard drive failure, if that is what it is designed for. What bothers me, at this time, is the lack of a downloadable 8.1 DVD .iso that can be used on OEM systems where the OS is tied to the BIOS. Using the current TechNet 8.1 .iso won't work as it asks for a product key which is not available on a laptop with a dead hard drive. Tell me if I'm wrong people.

Paying $15 for something that's free, like Linux distros are? Sad day when people don't realize this and can't download the ISO and burn it on a $.15 (that's 15 cents) blank DVD on their own.

But then again, we are talking about average Joe and Mary computer owners...

Lord Method Man said,
Even for $0.00 Linux is still a ripoff.

Go give MS your bank account number then. You earned it.

Windows 8 is a white Elephant.

I am happy to stay with Windows 7 Professional till maybe windows 11.

I will stick to odd numbers from now on.

leesmithg said,
Windows 8 is a white Elephant.

I am happy to stay with Windows 7 Professional till maybe windows 11.

I will stick to odd numbers from now on.

Im sticking to Windows 7 also. However, Windows 8.1 is a decent upgrade over Windows 8. I am hoping by Windows 9, Microsoft has made enough improvements for me to switch.

leesmithg said,
Windows 8 is a white Elephant.

I am happy to stay with Windows 7 Professional till maybe windows 11.

I will stick to odd numbers from now on.

I got Win 8 basically for only 3 main reasons. Dual monitor support, explorer tile bar and $15 price. I use it only with startisback to make it look like win 7. I hate metro crap. I recently got in to Hackintosh and installed Maverick on 6 year old computer and it's working awesome except Wifi, which I ordered new for $20 for compatibilty with Mac. I am going to reduce my dependence on windows as I don't like the direction it is going. I am not going to bother to downgrade my current Win 8 to Win 8.1.

It's an article about recovery discs for people to restore their pc's if the install or hard disk gets screwed. Why do we have to bring like or dislike of Windows into it? Good for those that need it everyone else move on.

Incredible. And why cant you download this update from Microsoft without an account outside of the store yet?

I believe Microsoft is trying to push people to Store by forcing them to download upgrade from there. They are just making people mad, nothing else.

Try to obtain ISO of full install from technet.

Edited by zoharzenica, Nov 5 2013, 2:34pm :

Probably because there are still some problems with some device drivers in Windows 8.1 so Microsoft uses Store to filter out users of such devices.

I no longer have a TechNet account... Either way it's just odd that its not available outside of the store yet. Poor decision to do it this way IMO.