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Is It Possible To Build Your Own Windows 8.1 Pro+WMC ISO?

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FaiKee    282

Now that windows 8.1 has leaked, many people who had installed win8+WMC wanted to install win8.1 Pro+WMC, and have it activated. There are numerous posts on the web telling people how to do it, but it is clumsy and sometimes fail.

 

Actually you can build your own win8.1Pro+WMC installation ISO, using DISM in build 9600, but I guess the procedure might be considered warez in Neowin, so I better not elaborate, instead show some screen-shots: yes, it can be done. :)

 

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When the ISO is done, it is specific to your WMC key, and you can use it to install or re-install, notice that Net.3.5 was also added to install.wim :

 

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The WMC key is bundled to the machine it was first installed and activated, so, if win8.1Pro+WMC is installed on the same machine on-line, it will activate by itself, otherwise you will need to find out the possibilities of activating it if installed on another machine(like in my case, installed on VM).

 

 

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wrack    315

Where and how do you get the "Internal" name and source path for the features?

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FaiKee    282

Where and how do you get the "Internal" name and source path for the features?

You mean .Net 3.5?

 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh506443.aspx

 

Actually, if you make everything from your legit win8, win8.1, legit key, then it's not warez, that's why MS has DISM for people to work on, and the commands to apply.... but I'd rather be on the safe side and avoid the ban-hammer. :)

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littlecx    3

havent installed win8.1 yet. how to use 9600 dism in 9200?

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wrack    315

You mean .Net 3.5?

 

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh506443.aspx

 

Actually, if you make everything from your legit win8, win8.1, legit key, then it's not warez, that's why MS has DISM for people to work on, and the commands to apply.... but I'd rather be on the safe side and avoid the ban-hammer. :)

Thanks. I do have 3 legitimate copies of Windows 8 so I might try this.

 

What I was wondering after seeing the command

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:d:\sources\sxs

 

Is there a way to get the list of names for all the other features as well source path for each of them since D:\Sources\SXS may not contain the installers for each of those features.

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FaiKee    282

havent installed win8.1 yet. how to use 9600 dism in 9200?

LOL, out of my depths, hope some geek could answer you.

 

Thanks. I do have 3 legitimate copies of Windows 8 so I might try this.

 

What I was wondering after seeing the command

DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /FeatureName:NetFx3 /All /LimitAccess /Source:d:\sources\sxs

 

Is there a way to get the list of names for all the other features as well source path for each of them since D:\Sources\SXS may not contain the installers for each of those features.

Hope this helps : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/hh824822.aspx

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wrack    315

Thanks. That link you posted was the in article from the earlier link. Should have read it in depth. Apologies for over looking.

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Javik    3,949

I'd imagine so. Prepare your image as per usual, use something to capture it to a WIM, dump the source files to disk (and replace install.wim with your captured wim) and then use an app like wintoolkit to make a bootable ISO

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FaiKee    282

:) VLSC is out...

 

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FaiKee    282

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Jeston    390

If someone were to go through all this trouble, would they be able to upgrade their Windows 8 Pro with WMC to 8.1 Pro with Media Center with this ISO, or can it only be used for a clean install/a "Keep nothing" upgrade?

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FaiKee    282

If someone were to go through all this trouble, would they be able to upgrade their Windows 8 Pro with WMC to 8.1 Pro with Media Center with this ISO, or can it only be used for a clean install/a "Keep nothing" upgrade?

AFAIK, it's only good for clean installs. :)

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Joni_78    47

OT, can I do a clean install from retail 8.1 disc with my old w8 key?

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FaiKee    282

OT, can I do a clean install from retail 8.1 disc with my old w8 key?

Sure you can do that, but you need to enter the generic key on installation because it won't accept win8 keys, after installation enter your win8 key and activate - or - add a EI.cfg file to the ISO sources folder, then it won't ask for key on installation (I think it involves more work, unless you think of frequent re-installs).

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Javik    3,949

You can also allow it to accept an upgrade key during OOBE if you place an ei.cfg in the /sources folder with the following information:

 

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Joni_78    47

Sure you can do that, but you need to enter the generic key on installation because it won't accept win8 keys, after installation enter your win8 key and activate - or - add a EI.cfg file to the ISO sources folder, then it won't ask for key on installation (I think it involves more work, unless you think of frequent re-installs).

 

Why did they do that? Why not allow us to do a clean install?

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FaiKee    282

Why did they do that? Why not allow us to do a clean install?

LOL, beats me. :laugh:

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FaiKee    282

To-day's Neowin News has quoted a blog from ZDNet

 

http://www.neowin.net/news/some-microsoft-volume-licensees-will-have-to-wait-to-get-windows-81

 

But it seems MJF had not read deep enough in the MSDN blog, 

 

http://blogs.msdn.com/b/stevengu/archive/2013/09/09/download-windows-8-1-rtm-visual-studio-2013-rc-and-windows-server-2012-r2-rtm-today.aspx?PageIndex=4#comments

 

Because Steve Guggenheimer had made a reply in the comments section which I guess many people would be interested to know:

 

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Gotenks98    415

I never got this to work for me in 8.0. When I did the install it wouldnt take the key during the setup nor would it take the key post setup.

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Gotenks98    415

Sure you can do that, but you need to enter the generic key on installation because it won't accept win8 keys, after installation enter your win8 key and activate - or - add a EI.cfg file to the ISO sources folder, then it won't ask for key on installation (I think it involves more work, unless you think of frequent re-installs).

Has MS posted what the generic keys are for this yet?

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FaiKee    282

Has MS posted what the generic keys are for this yet?

I don't know, but if you google windows 8.1 generic key, it's all over the web, make sure you use the correct key "Pro" or "Core".

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