How to Download Windows 8.1 ISO File Compressed for PC
If you need to install or reinstall Windows 8.1 on your PC, you can use the tools provided by Microsoft to create your own installation media using either a USB flash drive or a DVD. In this article, we will show you how to download Windows 8.1 ISO file compressed for PC.
Head to the official page to download Windows 8.1 ISO file[^1^]. You will need an internet connection and sufficient data storage available on a computer, USB or external drive for the download.
Step 2: Select an edition and a language
Scroll down to Select an edition section and choose the Windows 8.1 edition that you want to download. You can select either Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 Professional. These editions are valid for both 32-bit and 64-bit systems. Click Confirm after selecting an edition.
Then, a new section to Select a language will appear below. Choose the language that you want for your Windows 8.1 ISO file and click Confirm.
Step 3: Download the ISO file
After confirming your edition and language, you will see two links to download the ISO file for either 32-bit or 64-bit systems. Choose the one that matches your PC's architecture and click on it. The download will start automatically.
The ISO file size is about 3.5 GB for 32-bit and 4 GB for 64-bit systems. Depending on your internet speed and data storage, it may take some time to complete the download.
Step 4: Compress the ISO file (optional)
If you want to reduce the size of the ISO file, you can use a compression tool like WinRAR or 7-Zip to compress it. This may help you save some space on your USB or external drive.
To compress the ISO file, right-click on it and choose Add to archive. Then, select the compression method and level that you prefer and click OK. The compressed ISO file will be created in the same folder as the original one.
Step 5: Create installation media
Once you have downloaded and compressed (if needed) the ISO file, you can use it to create installation media for your PC. You will need a blank USB flash drive or DVD (and DVD burner) with at least 4 GB of space.
You can use the Windows USB/DVD Download Tool provided by Microsoft[^1^] [^2^] to create installation media from the ISO file. This tool will format your USB or DVD and copy the files from the ISO file to it.
To use this tool, download it from the link above and run it on your computer. Then, follow these steps:
Select Browse and locate the ISO file that you downloaded.
Select USB device or DVD, depending on what type of media you want to create.
Select Begin copying. If you are using a USB flash drive, you may need to erase its contents before copying.
Wait for the process to finish.
Congratulations! You have successfully created installation media for Windows 8.1 using a compressed ISO file.
Step 6: Install Windows 8.1 on your PC
To install Windows 8.1 on your PC using the installation media that you created, follow these steps: