Create Installation Media For Windows 8.1

Aug 19, 2014

I want to create a bootable flash drive after upgrading from Windows 8 to 8.1.

Instructions say you need a Windows 8.1 product key. I downloaded 8.1 from the MS Store. Will using my original Windows 8 product key work?

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All software updated

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I have an ISO from MSDN - Windows 8.1 Pro VL (x64) - DVD (Danish)
File Name:da_windows_8_1_pro_vl_x64_dvd_2971937.iso
[URL] .....

The SHA1 for the ISO matches the one on MSDN

SHA1: 3142B1DCBDFFC7E46ACE0E89BDB858D2C9B1F233

I used Hashtab v.5.1.23 to verify [URL] .....

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But if I change the ei.cfg file to one of these:

[EditionID]
[EditionID]
Core
(Blank) to have the choice to install Core or Pro
[Channel]
[Channel]
OEM
Retail
[VL]
[VL]
0
0

It will not boot in UEFI Bios, it work just fine in Legacy Bios. I can use the program Rufus [URL] .... to create a bootable USB drive, this works perfect. But I would really like to know how to make this work on a DVD. Or/and what I am missing.

This is the original ei.cfg file from the ISO.

[EditionID]
Professional
[Channel]
Volume
[VL]
1

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now the screen,
attached

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