Windows 8 $40 Upgrade Offer - How to download and create a bootable installation DVD
October 31th, 2012
Step by Step series of screen shots on what you need to do in order to insure you obtain the windows 8 ISO file.
When the download process has completed, you can then use the "windows.iso" file to create your own installation DVD and upgrade to Windows 8.
One word of caution: If you are running a 32Bit version of Windows (XP, Vista or Windows 7) you will download the 32Bit version of the .ISO file as there is no means of selecting the 64Bit version of the iso when using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant.
Once the actual upgrade process starts (as shown below) you will be given the chance to select one of three choices:
1) Install now 2) Install by creating media 3) Install later from your desktop
Select the "Install by creating media" option. In reality this does not prevent you from upgrading from your desktop after you have created the bootable DVD from the .ISO file that is downloaded to your computer as the setup.exe is located inside the C:\ESD folder and there will be a shortcut created on your desktop to this folder.
However best practice suggest that you upgrade using the DVD as upgrading to Windows 8 while your current OS (XP, Vista or Windows 7) is still running is asking for trouble, sort of like trying to change the engine in your car while the old engine is still running.
The screenshots below were taken from a computer running Windows 7 Professional 64Bit. Note that before starting I created an Image Backup of the entire disk drive and also disconnected the second drive in the computer. The upgrade advisor did flag Norton's Ghost 15 Image Backup software as being an issue (Ghost 15 does not support Windows 8) but that issue will not stop you at this point, since all I am doing is downloading the .ISO file and not attempting to install Windows 8. For the actual install I will use the bootable DVD created from the .ISO file.
At the end of the article I'll include the instructions for creating a bootable DVD.
Note: As shown in the screenshot below, you will be choosing the "ISO file" option, click the 'Save' button located in the lower right corner and then select a location / folder for where you want the ISO file (windows.iso) saved to.
Note: When the "Burn the ISO file to a DVD" window is displayed, click the 'Finish' button. The Upgrade process is now complete and your next step is to create a bootable DVD or USB Flash drive.
After downloading the .iso file use ImgBurn or Gear ISO to create a bootable DVD.
ImgBurn - In addition to supporting the creation of Cds/DVDs from .ISO files, it supports a wide range of other image file formats, and it's free. (BIN, CUE, DI, DVD, GI, IMG, MDS, NRG, PDI and ISO) http://www.imgburn.com/