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Screenshots: Create your own Windows 8.1 DVD

Get the ISO you need to create your own Windows 8.1 DVD

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8 comments
calemay
calemay

I tried this today and I don't get prompted for a product key.  I already have 8.1 loaded on my systems with the free upgrade I got from the store.  I tried this from 2 different computers while running Windows 7 on each and had the same results.  I haven't tried "reinstalling" to see if I get prompted for a key or not.


Has the process changed that anyone knows of?

lrtedesco
lrtedesco

I have three computers  running Windows 8.0 that i purchased from Microsoft using the same product key. After uploading windows 8.1 successully from the store app on the first computer, I then created an iso file both on a CD and a USB stick as per your instructions. When I tried this on my other computers, none of them worked. I keep getting the message to use a different key code from the one  I used to install windows 8.0. Is there a way around this or do I have to spend another 10 hours upgrading each from the windows store?

joseph.r.piazza
joseph.r.piazza

A few comments- Can you buy a 8.1 upgrade DVD?   Procedure is almost useless chances are you having a WIN 7 system with same OS version ( 64 bit/32 bit) I would say is minimal.  But interesting procedure.

alonewillow
alonewillow

Why do they have to make it so difficult for us to back up our legitimately obtained Windows 8.1??? I'm really getting tired of jumping through hoops to do it...*sigh*

DWAnderson
DWAnderson

One you go through all this, however, you still need at Windows 8.1 product key to activate Windows 8.1. It is my understanding that your Windows 8 product key will NOT work for this purpose.

Do you know of any way to activate the install of Windows 8.1 from this ISO with an Win 8 product key?

usmcretd
usmcretd

@DWAnderson If you are updating an installed Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 you do not need a product key.  It asks for one during this process because you are downloading from Windows 7.

remmeler
remmeler

@DWAnderson I don't think it said that, because it said: "You'll then see the first screen in the Windows 8 Setup wizard, which prompts you for a Product Key. At this point, enter your Windows 8 product key and wait for it to be verified"

So if you need an 8.1 product key it will give it to you at the download where the author says: "After specifying a location on your hard disk to create the ISO file, the Windows 8.1 Setup wizard will create the ISO file, remind you of the Product key," but I think it is saying that it will remind you of the 8.0 product key.

Brian Bevan
Brian Bevan

@usmcretd @DWAnderson With my new laptop (ACER V5) a Xmas present from my Daughter It came bundled with Windows 8 basic. I was told I could update free within a certain time. IT DID NOT work and I tried all ways. In the end I bought Windows 8 Pro,

Then I got an email and an onscreen flash telling me I could have FREE an update to 8.1 ( just had to go to the Windows store where I would see the "provided link" Of course when I went there, low and behold nowhere to be seen. I then went to Acer who have tried to help. I went to MS who did not even bother to reply.

So I am really pissed off with MS All they want is money money money, and as a pensioner I cant afford to keep paying to keep my stuff up to date.

So! do I stay with what I have now or do I still chase the wind?