Official Tool to Download Windows 8.1 Setup ISO and Create Installation Media
We know that Microsoft didn't provide offline ISO files of Windows 8.1 operating system for public download. If you use Windows 8 and want to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you'll need to download and install Windows 8.1 using Windows Store.
Some people want to perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1 operating system in their computers, but they can't because there is no official place to download Windows 8.1 setup ISO files. So first they'll need to install Windows 8 and then upgrade it to Windows 8.1 which would not be a clean installation of Windows 8.1.
Although there are a few workarounds to grab offline ISO files of Windows 8.1 as mentioned in following tutorial:
But now there is no need to use any workaround as Microsoft has released a free official tool to download Windows 8.1 setup ISO and create its installation media. You can use this tool to save Windows 8.1 ISO file to your computer and then create bootable USB flash drive or bootable DVD to install Windows 8.1 in any computer.
You can download and run this tool in any Windows version but you'll require Internet connection as it downloads full ISO file of Windows 8.1 operating system.
It allows you to select your desired language, Windows 8.1 edition and system architecture (32-bit or 64-bit).
It can be used to download following editions of Windows 8.1 OS:
- Windows 8.1
- Windows 8.1 Pro
- Windows 8.1 N
- Windows 8.1 Pro N
- Windows 8.1 Single Language
You can download 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64) version of any Windows 8.1 edition according to your requirements.
Once you select the required details, it asks you whether you want to create a bootable USB flash drive of Windows 8.1 or want to save the setup ISO file of Windows 8.1 for later use.
You should select the 2nd option to save ISO file and then after downloading and saving the ISO file, you can create a bootable flash drive or burn it to a DVD using built-in Disc Burner program of Windows or any 3rd party disc burning utility.
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In this way, you'll always have a backup of Windows 8.1 setup ISO file for future use.
You can download this free tool using following link:
When you'll try to install Windows 8.1 using bootable USB drive or DVD created with the help of this tool, you can use either Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 product key at the time of installation. Both are accepted.
PS: It seems the downloaded ISO file includes Windows 8.1 Update 1 i.e. its a slipstreamed Windows 8.1 ISO file with Update 1. That's a good news for people who were planning to install Windows 8.1 operating system.
Thanks to gHacks for sharing this tool...
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