How to download an ISO image of Windows 8.1 Pro from Microsoft without product key
Still, if one wanted to legally download the installation image of Windows 8.1, the only way to do that was to use the special installation file that has too many restrictions.
First, download the Windows 8.1 ISO, users had to pre-enter a valid product key.
Another limitation was that the setup wizard will not allow you to select the edition of the operating system and language. In other words, when the setup file was run on a PC running 32-bit Windows 8.1 Pro, the installer automatically download the same 32-bit edition, and not even offered the opportunity to choose a different architecture.
Fortunately, Microsoft has finally realized all the flaws of your setup file, releasing a free tool called Windows Installation Media Creation Tool.
With it, you can download the ISO of any edition Windows 8.1 without product key. This means that users who do not have a license key for Windows 8.1, you can use this tool to legally download the operating system image.
The tool allows you to download various editions of Windows 8.1. In particular, for Russian-speaking users is Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows 8.1 Single Language. If you decide to download the image, for example, in English, you will also be available edition of N and Pro N
In addition, you can choose between 32-bit and 64-bit architecture.
As in the case with the original setup, Windows Installation Media Creation Tool allows you to prepare a bootable USB drive with Windows 8.1 without actually downloading the ISO image. Ie, you don’t even need to pre-download the disk image, and then to prepare the bootable media. Just choose the option «USB flash drive» and the tool will automatically download the necessary files and create a bootable USB.
For those who are not sure how to use the tool, we have prepared this guide.
Step 1: Go to this link and click on the «Create Media» button to download Windows Installation Media Creation Tool. This is a small executable file size less than 2 MB.
Step 2: Run the downloaded file to see the following window:
Step 3: Select the language, edition and architecture of the operating system. Then click «Next».
Step 4: On the next screen you can either choose the option «USB flash drive» (enabled by default) if you want to create a bootable USB-drive or the option «ISO file» if you just want to download a disk image.
If you are going to choose the first option, before you proceed, don’t forget to plug in a USB drive and create a backup of all the data that can be stored on it.
When you are prompted to select USB, select your USB drive and then click «Next». If you choose the second option, you are prompted to specify a location where to save the disk image.
Step 5: depending on the speed of your Internet connection, the time required to download the installation files can vary from several minutes to several hours. If at step 4 you selected «USB flash drive» Windows Installation Media Creation Tool will automatically prepare the bootable USB after downloading all the necessary files.