Microsoft has been providing windows users with downloadable iso images of its operating system which come with a 30 days trial period. Once the trial period is over, the user can use a genuine product key to activate their operating systems. This has been very useful for people who have either lost or damaged their original windows OS disks.
Unfortunately, beginning with windows 8, the software giant has stopped providing iso images of its new os’s via direct downloads. This new measure to counter piracy has left genuine windows 8.1 users with no official sources to download a new copy of the os when their os disks get damaged or lost.
Fortunately Microsoft has now released a new tool which allows genuine Windows 8.1 users to download Windows 8.1 ISO Images or create a Bootable Windows 8.1 USB Drive. The new tool can be run from any windows operating system and it allows the users to select the language of the OS too. With this new tool, windows 8.1 users no longer need to install windows 8 and then upgrade to windows 8.1.
For those who need to download Windows 8.1 ISO images, here’s how you can do so.
Download Windows 8.1 ISO Images using the Windows 8.1 installation media creation tool
- Step 1: Download the Windows 8.1 installation media creation tool from the below link and run it on your PC.
- Step 2: If you’re on windows 7 or 8, you will be prompted to enter your genuine windows 8.1 key. However if you are on Windows 8.1, you can directly choose the Language, Edition and Architecture and click on the Next button.
- Step 3: Next you will have to choose whether you need to download a iso image of windows 8.1 or create a bootable usb drive for windows 8.1.
- Step 4: Finally click on next and select a folder where you want to save the windows 8.1 ISO image.
That’s it and now you just need to wait for some time until the download finishes.