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How to download and create a bootable Windows 8 Upgrade DVD

By on November 27, 2012 | Last Updated: December 11, 2012 | Read 89,867 times.
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If you had upgraded Windows 8 using the Windows8-Setup.exe executable, rather than through a DVD, it can be difficult to troubleshoot your computer in the event that it is not starting properly or you cannot access the Advanced Startup Options menu. This tutorial will walk you through creating a Windows 8 DVD on another computer that can be used to troubleshoot problems starting or using Windows 8. Please note that in order to create this DVD you will need to have your Windows 8 product key and access to a working computer.

Note: It is not necessary to perform these steps on a Windows 8 Computer. These steps can also be performed on a  Windows Vista, Windows 7, or Windows 8 computer.

When performing these steps, if you wish to create a Windows 8 64-bit (X64) DVD then you need to perform these steps on a 64-bit version of Windows. If you wish to create a Windows 8 32-bit (X86) DVD then you must perform these steps on a 32-bit version of Windows. To determine if your computer is running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows, you can consult this tutorial:

How to check if you running a 32-bit or 64-bit version of Windows

Once you have decided what version of Windows 8 you need, download the Windows8-Setup.exe file from the following Microsoft URL and save it to your computer:


When the file has finished downloading, double-click on the Windows8-Setup.exe icon. This will start the Windows 8 Upgrade, which we will use to create a Windows 8 DVD. When the program starts you will be at a screen asking you to enter your Windows 8 product Key.


Windows 8 Setup


Enter the product key for your upgrade of Windows 8 and then click on the Next button. You will now be shown a screen where you will be shown the version of Windows 8 associated with your product key.


Windows 8 Version


If this is the correct version of Windows 8 that you have purchased, please click on the Next button. The upgrade program will now start to download the files necessary to create the Windows 8 DVD. This could take quite a bit of time, so please be patient.

Note: If you receive the error message The per-block repair retry limit has been exceeded. The file is corrupt. while the files are being downloaded, you should close the program and restart it as an Administrator.


Download files


When the files have finished downloading, the setup program will then verify that all the programs have been downloaded correctly. This too can take quite a while, so please be patient.

When it is done you will be presented with a screen asking what you would like to do next.


Install Windows 8 Prompt


As we want to create a DVD and not install Windows 8, please select the Install by creating media option and then click on the Next button. You will now be at a screen asking if you wish to copy the files to a USB drive or create an ISO image that can be burned to a DVD.


Select Media screen


You should select the ISO file option and then click on the Save button. You will now be presented with a window asking where you would like to create and save the ISO file. Type in the name of the folder you wish to save the file to and then click on the Save button. The Windows 8 Setup program will now create the ISO image and save it as Windows.iso. When it has finished it will display a screen that shows where the ISO is located.


ISO Finished screen


On this screen click on Open DVD burner option as indicated by the arrow in the image above. When you click on this option, Windows will open your default DVD burner where you can then burn the Windows.iso image that was created to a blank DVD media. If a DVD burner is not automatically opened when you click on the link, you can use the following guide to learn how to burn an ISO image to a DVD:

How to burn or write a CD/DVD image or ISO

Once the ISO has finished being burned, you can then use it to boot and troubleshoot your computer, perform a clean install, or upgrade an existing version of Windows.

If you have any questions about this process, please ask in the Windows 8 Forum.



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