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How to download a Windows 8.1 .iso file

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I want to have a DVD so I can install Windows 8.1 on multiple computers.
a)  Where can I go to get the .iso file? and
b)  Who can I call at Microsoft to purchase the appropriate product keys?

Thanks!
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Hi.

That depends on what edition your are going to use. Win8/8 pro/enterprise?
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If you already have a Windows 8 Product Key, you can download an ISO file by following instructions at the following page:

< http://tipsandtricksforum.com/thread-158.html >
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Windows 8.1, sorry for my delayed response.
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Yes. You can download Windows 8.1 ISO with a Windows 8 Key (previous post).

For Windows 8.1 ISO, if you have a Windows 8.1 Product Key, follow the instructions at the following page:

< http://tipsandtricksforum.com/thread-157.html >
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Upgrade Windows with only a product key

If you bought Windows 8.1 or Windows 8, you can download and install Windows from this page using just your product key. You'll have the option to install Windows now, later, or using media with an ISO file.

Before you begin:

Make sure you’re on the PC you want to upgrade. If you're updating to Windows 8.1, this PC must be running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 Preview. If you already have the latest version of Windows 8 installed on your PC, you can update to Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store for free.

If you're upgrading to Windows 8, this PC must be running Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP with Service Pack 3 (SP3), Windows 8 Release Preview, Windows 8 Consumer Preview, or Windows Developer Preview.

Windows Setup checks that your PC meets all system requirements before it installs Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.

Have your product key handy. You can find it in your online order info, in the confirmation email for your purchase, or on the DVD packaging. The product key is a 25-character code that looks something like this:
XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX- XXXXX.

Make a backup of everything you want to keep. Save it somewhere you can get to it later, like an external drive or a DVD

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/upgrade-product-key-only
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I see that I can download Windows 8.1 Enterprise ...
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-US/evalcenter/hh699156.aspx?ocid=wc-tn-wctc

Question:  Assuming that this download results in a .iso file that I can burn to a DVD ... If I install using that DVD, and input a legal Windows 8.1 product key, is this the prescribed way to install Windows 8.1?
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Yeah. Or you can install from the ISO file directly. Mount it using Windows Explorer.

(You can burn it to a DVD or store it on a USB also).
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I think I found the answers to my questions:
a) To purchase and download Windows 8.1 -
http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/productID.288438900

b) To create installation media,  AFTER I've installed it once using the "normal" means:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/create-reset-refresh-media

I had been hoping to purchase a product key ... download the .iso file ... Create my DVD ... and then I could for future installs just purchase a new product key.  I guess it isn't that easy.

Comments anyone?
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Great. If you found the answer to what you were looking for. No comments required.

Enjoy Windows 8.1. :-)
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Yuck.  
I'm looking at http://www.microsoftstore.com/store/msca/en_CA/pdp/productID.288438900
to purchase Windows 8.1, and it says "Important: Windows 8.1 full version is for Windows 7 users only."

So there's no way around it ... I have to purchase and install Windows 8 ... upgrade to Windows 8.1 for free ... and only then will I be able to create the reinstallation media.

Once I have the reinstallation media, I assume that I could "clean install" Windows 8.1 on another machine, and then change the product key?
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Allright, now I think I'm good.

I found the Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant:
http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-8/upgrade-to-windows-8

By clicking "Windows 8.1 Upgrade Assistant" in the middle of the above page, it downloads a tool that tells me some things about what's currently on my machine, and then it gives me a link to download Windows 8.1 ... and it promises that I can create the installation media as well.
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Great. You found it. :-)
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I think I'll close this thread and open a new one about "Windows 8.1 Enterprise" download.
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Thank you very much!
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