If you want to install or reinstall Windows 8.1 on your PC, you might be looking for a way to download the Windows 8.1 ISO file for free. An ISO file is a disk image that contains all the files and folders of a CD or DVD, and it can be used to create a bootable USB drive or DVD.
In this article, we will show you how to download the Windows 8.1 ISO file for free from Microsoft's official website, and how to use it to create a bootable media for installation.
To download the Windows 8.1 ISO file for free, you need to have a valid product key for Windows 8.1. If you don't have one, you can purchase one from Microsoft or a third-party retailer.
Once you have the product key, follow these steps:
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/software-download/windows8ISO on your web browser.
Select the edition of Windows 8.1 that matches your product key, and click Confirm.
Select the language of your choice, and click Confirm.
Select the architecture of your PC (32-bit or 64-bit), and click on the link to download the ISO file.
Save the ISO file to your preferred location on your PC.
Step 2: Create a Bootable USB Drive or DVD
After downloading the Windows 8.1 ISO file, you need to create a bootable USB drive or DVD to use it for installation. You can use any tool that supports creating bootable media from ISO files, such as Rufus, UNetbootin, or Windows USB/DVD Download Tool.
For example, if you want to use Rufus, follow these steps:
Download Rufus from https://rufus.ie/ and run it on your PC.
Insert a blank USB drive with at least 4 GB of space into your PC.
Select the USB drive from the Device dropdown menu in Rufus.
Click on the Select button next to the Boot selection option and browse to the location of the Windows 8.1 ISO file.
Make sure the Partition scheme, Target system, File system, and Cluster size options are compatible with your PC and the ISO file.
Click on the Start button to begin creating the bootable USB drive.
Wait for the process to finish and close Rufus.
If you want to use a DVD instead of a USB drive, you can use any tool that supports burning ISO files to DVDs, such as ImgBurn, CDBurnerXP, or Windows Disc Image Burner.
Step 3: Install Windows 8.1 from the Bootable Media
After creating the bootable USB drive or DVD, you can use it to install Windows 8.1 on your PC. Follow these steps:
Insert the bootable USB drive or DVD into your PC and restart it.
Press the appropriate key (such as F12, F10, or Esc) to enter the boot menu and select the bootable media as the first boot option.
Follow the on-screen instructions to install Windows 8.1 on your PC.
Enter your product key when prompted and accept the license terms.
Select the type of installation (upgrade or custom) and choose the partition where you want to install Windows 8.1.
Wait for the installation to complete and restart your PC if required.
Set up your preferences and enjoy your new Windows 8.1 system.