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Windows 8.1 Media Creation Tool for Easy Installation

If Windows 8.1 come pre-installed on a computer you recently purchased, it was difficult to get the proper installation disc to reinstall the OS. But Microsoft is making it easier with the release of 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.

Media Creation Tool for Windows 8.1

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.

Create media

Launch the Media Creation Tool and select your language and version of Windows 8.1.

Which Windows 8.1

Next select the type of media you want to create it on – either DVD or USB flash drive.

type of install

If you do 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 with format the drive and delete everything on it anyway.

empty flash drive

The nice thing about this utility is you don’t need to find and download an ISO image of Windows 8.1 first like I covered in this article.

Now wait while the tool downloads the Windows 8.1 installation file. The amount of time it takes will vary depending on your internet speed.


When it’s finished, you’ll see the following screen.


Click on your flash drive which is listed on the message, or click finish and browse to your flash drive and double-click Setup.exe and start the install process.


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 Window 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.

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4 Responses to Windows 8.1 Media Creation Tool for Easy Installation

  1. desperate and stuck August 12, 2015 at 1:01 pm #

    I just wanted to know if I can create the windows 8.1 recovery media for my now unbootable windows 8.1 using my windows 7?! I never created the recovery media (DUMB!!!) and only have my windows 7 working. I bought an 8 GB usb flash drive but How do I make sure that it is creating media for my windows 8.1 and not the windows 7 I am using to create it on. I really need a detailed “for dummies” type of tutorial on how to do this. Just to be clear, my windows 8.1 is legit! Thanks for any help you can offer!

  2. ibrahim March 25, 2016 at 3:28 am #


    ive done all these steps but mine been stuck on 0% for the last 2 hrs and where urs says time left it says please wait… could you please help me.


  3. Raul June 19, 2016 at 4:18 pm #

    Do u solve your problem?
    Im trying to download the 8.1 but my download is paused on 92% (!#$^@**)
    What do u do one year ago?

  4. Rohan January 27, 2017 at 12:21 am #

    Does this iso file of usb file need product key to install

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