It was difficult to get the proper installation disc to reinstall Windows 8.1.
But Microsoft is making it easier with the release of Media Creation Tool.
If Windows 8.1 comes pre-installed on a computer you recently purchased, it wasn’t easy to get the proper installation disc to reinstall the OS.
But Microsoft is making it easier by releasing its Media Creation Tool that helps you create Windows 8.1 installation media the easy way.
Using this tool, you can easily create media to reinstall or do a clean installation of either the 32 or 64-bit version.
Update: Windows 8.1 is nearing its end of support from Microsoft:.
Windows 8.1 reached the end of Mainstream Support on January 9, 2018, and will reach end of Extended Support on January 10, 2023.
With the general availability of Windows 8.1, customers on Windows 8 had until January 12, 2016, to move to Windows 8.1 to remain supported.
To create the installation media, you will need either a blank DVD or USB drive with at least 4 GB of space.
You can get the creation tool from this page and click the Create Media button to download it.
Launch the Media Creation Tool and select your language and version of Windows 8.1. Next, select the type of media you want to create on – either DVD or USB flash drive.
If you use a USB flash drive, make sure to use one you can dedicate to the Windows 8.1 installation.
Back up any important data on it and delete everything, as the tool will format the drive and delete everything on it anyway.
The nice thing about this utility is you don’t need to find and download an ISO image of Windows 8.1 first, as I covered in this article.
Now, wait while the tool downloads the Windows 8.1 installation file.
If you need to get a copy of Windows 8.1 to install on one computer, I recommend using the Media Creation Tool because it’s so easy to use.
In fact, it’s easier to use than this method which we previously covered on updating Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 with just a product key. If you want to create other several, you can download the 8.1 ISO and create installation media on USB flash drives using these other tools we’ve covered, like the Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool or the free utility Rufus, which I used to create a Windows 10 USB bootable flash drive.
Of course, if you’re troubleshooting your unstable computer running Windows 8.x, you might want to try a PC Refresh first and then PC Reset if the refresh doesn’t work.
You can use installation media (a USB flash drive or DVD) to install a new copy of Windows, perform a clean installation, or reinstall Windows.
To create installation media, go to the software download website, where you'll find step-by-step instructions.
On that website, you can select a version of Windows and create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD.
To go directly to one of the versions, select one of these links:.
Windows 10 (Then select Download tool now.).
Windows 11 (Then select Download tool now.). Important: Back up your files before you install or reinstall Windows on your PC.
Learn how for Windows 10 and Windows 11 or for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
To create the installation media, here's what you'll need:. A PC with a reliable internet connection. The download time will vary, depending on your internet connection. A USB flash drive, external hard drive, or DVD. A blank USB flash drive or external hard drive with at least 8 GB of space, or a blank DVD (and DVD burner). We recommend using a blank USB or blank DVD because any content on it will be deleted.
When burning a DVD from an ISO file, if you're told the disc image file is too large, you'll need to use dual layer (DL) DVD media.