When Microsoft launched Windows 8.1 in the Windows Store, it made it a point in saying that it would not be releasing ISO files for those looking for a clean install of the new operating system.
A company employee even confirmed this much in a recent statement.
But all is not lost for users that want to download a Windows 8.1 ISO straight from Microsoft — the company’s very own upgrade assistant can actually help with the deployment of the new OS this way. And the whole deal is as simple as it gets.
Oh, by the way, this little trick was first reported here.
The Windows 8 upgrade assistant saves the legitimate key in the Windows Registry, and users can use the Windows 8.1 install assistant to download an ISO of the latest operating system from Redmond.
All you need to do is head over to this link and then scroll down to the bottom of the page. Then click on ‘Install Windows 8’ and the upgrade assistant will be downloaded. Next, fire up the upgrade assistant and put in your legitimate Windows 8 key.
Now hit Next and the application will start the downloading process. Once it does, close it completely.
Go back to Microsoft’s page, and now download the ‘Install Windows 8.1’ application. Then launch the Windows 8.1 upgrade assistant tool and let it complete the download.
Once the downloading process is complete you will get multiple installation options to choose from, including whether you want to install Windows 8.1 right away, install by creating media or start the installation process at a later time from your desktop.
Select ‘Install by creating media’, hit Next and then the ‘ISO file’ option.
Do keep in mind that the upgrade assistant downloads the Windows 8.1 flavor that it finds most appropriate for your system — meaning you will not be able to get both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions of the new operating system, only one of it.