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Where is the .iso file for Windows 8?

    Question

  • I bought the ugprade for windows 8, and ran "Windows8-UpgradeAssistant"

    It scanned my computer, all was good to go. I finished downloading something... (I assumed it was windows8)

    But once I finished everything, it gave me a shortcut on my desktop called "Install Windows"

    When I run that shortcut, it gives me 2 options:

    -Install now

    -Install later from your desktop

    This is what I see everytime I run that shortcut file.

    Where can I find my .iso file??

    (Note, my current computer is not the computer I want to install Win8. I'm upgrading now so that I can get the ISO file and save it for later use when I get my new computer)




    • Edited by AzNightmare Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:43 AM
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 1:41 AM

Answers

  • Your ISO is not an ISO this time around.

    To make a ISO backup of Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro:

    1) Locate this path: C:\ESD\Windows

    * To confirm your downloaded files. If that path does not exist, run your Upgrade Assistant or Windows Setup and make sure the setup downloads the files needed.

    2) Confirm the location path.

    3) Download MagicISO (The Trial will suffice)

    * Install & Run the Program.

    4) Navigate to that path: (C:\ESD\Windows) on the navigation window (lower window) and drag the contents to the pending folder (top window)

    5) Press "Save As" and save the ISO. 

    6) Presto! You've made a backup of your Windows 8 Purchase! :)



    Friday, November 02, 2012 10:05 PM

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  • Tuesday, October 30, 2012 2:38 AM
  • Just go with Install now and then select 'Install and save media' or the second option. It will ask you to save the iso file.
    • Proposed as answer by sfshil Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:26 AM
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:26 AM
  • "Important: This tool provides valuable information about your computer's compatibility with Windows 8, facilitates the purchase of the Windows 8 download, and then downloads the correct version (32-bit or 64-bit) based on information about your computer - all important reasons to run this tool from the PC you're going to clean install Windows 8 on."

    ... I didn't know this, and I bought windows 8 on my current PC which is 5 years old.
    I'm planning to get a new computer next month which will be 64-bit. Is there a way to re-download or am I out of luck?



    On the Install Windows 8 screen, choose Install by creating media and then click Next.

    This step never showed up for me.

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 3:46 AM
  • I took a bunch of screenshots from my setup procedure.

    http://i50.tinypic.com/6ntd3t.jpg

    • Edited by AzNightmare Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:49 AM
    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 5:48 AM
  • On the Install Windows 8 screen, choose Install by creating media and then click Next.


    This step never showed up for me.

    You must to complete the download process to see the option

    Tuesday, October 30, 2012 11:43 AM
  • Refer to my link above your post.

    I've already completed the download process.

    I took a screenshot step by step of everything.

    After reading around other threads, seems like this problem is only happening to those upgrading from XP.

    Thursday, November 01, 2012 3:12 AM
  • Your ISO is not an ISO this time around.

    To make a ISO backup of Windows 8 / Windows 8 Pro:

    1) Locate this path: C:\ESD\Windows

    * To confirm your downloaded files. If that path does not exist, run your Upgrade Assistant or Windows Setup and make sure the setup downloads the files needed.

    2) Confirm the location path.

    3) Download MagicISO (The Trial will suffice)

    * Install & Run the Program.

    4) Navigate to that path: (C:\ESD\Windows) on the navigation window (lower window) and drag the contents to the pending folder (top window)

    5) Press "Save As" and save the ISO. 

    6) Presto! You've made a backup of your Windows 8 Purchase! :)



    Friday, November 02, 2012 10:05 PM
  • If you use windows 8 + , use compatibility mode (windows vista, windows 7) and you will see it!
    Friday, April 18, 2014 7:29 PM