[Update] How to create Windows 8 AIO (All-In-One) ISO image

[Update] After getting feedbacks from the reader, author Ramesh Kumar found the solution for the problems faced by them.

Windows 8 RTM is available for download via MSDN and TechNet. But the ISO’s which are available includes only one edition in one ISO. Ramesh Kumar – WindowsValley.com owner is again here with a nice tutorial of creating Windows 8 AIO (All-In-One) bootable ISO. Same as he did for Windows 7 AIO, step-by-step procedure for creating Windows 8 AIO is as follows:

Prerequisites:

  • Windows 8 ISOs (both x86 and x64).
  • Windows 8 Enterprise ISOs (x86 & x64) – Windows 8 Enterprise is not available through retail channels. (Optional)
  • WinRAR / WinZip or other ISO extracting tool
  • Windows ADK (Windows Assessment and Deployment Kit)
  • Blank DVD (DVD5 – 4.7GB in size) compatible DVD Burner and CD/DVD burning software (like Nero, Roxio, ImgBurn, etc.)

Procedure: Download Windows 8 ISOs from MSDN / TechNet and extract them to separate folders. For example:

Windows 8 edition Files location
  Windows 8 x86   C:\WIN8AIO
  Windows 8 x64   C:\WIN8x64
  Windows 8 Enterprise x64   C:\WIN8Ex64
  Windows 8 Enterprise x86   C:\WIN8Ex86

Index references for install.wim file is needed to be known prior proceeding further. Here is the chart of each WIM files of Windows 8 editions:

Windows 8 (x86 & x64) Windows 8 Enterprise (x86 & x64)
  Pro – 1   Enterprise – 1
  Core – 2

Now run  Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment (Command Prompt) in elevated mode (i.e. as Administrator). Here is the syntax of the command used:

Imagex /compress maximum /export <path_of_source_wim_file> <index_no> <path_of_destination_wim_file> <description_of_edition>

Windows 8 Enterprise x86

Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\\WIN8Ex86\\sources\\install.wim 1 C:\\WIN8AIO\\sources\\install.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise (32-bit)”

Windows 8 Enterprise x64

Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\\WIN8Ex64\\sources\\install.wim 1 C:\\WIN8AIO\\sources\\install.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise”

Windows 8 Pro x64

Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\\WIN8x86\\sources\\install.wim 1 C:\\WIN8AIO\\sources\\install.wim “Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)”

Windows 8 Core x64

Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\\WIN8x86\\sources\\install.wim 2 C:\\WIN8AIO\\sources\\install.wim “Windows 8 (64-bit)”

Your universal WIM file of Windows 8 is ready consisting of all editions.Next step is to create bootable ISO from this source file. It’ll be done using Oscdimg.exe command line tool. Get it from Windows 8 ADK which can be downloaded from http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=30652 Syntax is:

oscdimg.exe –l -m -u2 –b<path_of_bootable_img_file> <path_of_installation_source> <path_with_filename_is_to_be_created>

  • -l is used to set volume label of DVD
  • -m is used to create bigger image file than 700MB
  • -u2 is used to create UDF file system for DVD
  • -b is used to locate boot image of DVD

Now type:

oscdimg.exe -lWIN8AIO -m -u2 -bC:\\WIN8AIO\\boot\\etfsboot.com C:\\WIN8AIO C:\\WIN8AIO.ISO

and press enter. This will create a bootable ISO file for Windows 8. Burn this ISO image on a DVD media or make its bootable USB for installation. DVD so created is only 4.11 GB which can be burn on a DVD5 easily.

Windows 8 AIO ISO

Source: WindowsValley

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Comments

  1. A couple of notes:
    If you copy/paste from the command lines above, make sure that your quotes are just a regular ” rather than the unicode begin and end quotes. Also, the backslashes are missing from the command lines.

    Once I got all of that squared away, I was able to create my master WIN8AIO.iso file, but none of my technet keys work on it, whether they be for Win8 Pro or Enterprise. I verified that my keys work just fine on the individual ISOs, including the Win8 x64 ISO that is the “base” for the AIO. Any ideas?

  2. Hi, I succesfully created Windows 8 AIO, but I cannot install any x86 version, in the middle of instalation error show up and is says: “Instalation cannon continue because instalation file is damaged”.
    All x64 versions can be installed OK. Any ideas?

  3. @ Math3s
    Because the AIO disc in the x64. Which is not compatible in a x32 environment. Do it again but make the AIO folder x32

  4. We have contacted the Author of this post. Soon we will get the solution for the problem occurring for x86.

    • No need to contact author. Just integrate all other versions in Win8x86, and not in Win8x64!
      You have to merge all x64 editions one by one into x86 DVD, because x64 DVD has 64-bit contents that can’t run under Win32 mode but Windows 8 x86 content can run under 64-bit environment easily under SYSWOW64 and x64.

  5. My disc is created of 3.88 GB is it ok??? or any fault in my commands in AIK??

  6. Any dea where could i find PL cab files for WinPE? It doesn’t seems to exist in my “C:\Program Files (x86)\Windows Kits\8.0\Assessment and Deployment Kit\Windows Preinstallation Environment\x86\WinPE_OCs” folder.

  7. Stuck here;
    Deployment Tools keep telling me, usage: OSCDIMG [options] sourceroot targetfile. I’m sure everything according to your instructions.

    • You’ll get that message when your usage of command is not as per syntax. Please read the syntax again in the article above and then use it correctly. You’ll get the right result. :)

  8. Anil Kumar says:

    Deear sir i have download window 8 ( size around 2.48 GB ) But i do not know how to creat a bootable DVD with them
    Because i have tried many time but no success Please help me and send solution on my mail

  9. THANKS a lot for this POST !!
    , but I wonder is there a WAY to create Windows 8 AIO (All-In-One) and (+) Windows 7 AIO – ISO image (merged) for USB stick ! ??

    I’m a NEWBEE and I apologize if I ask impossible !!?? :)

  10. Hi. I know I’m a bit late here. But I wonder if this AIO DVD Works with OEM keys (my Action Pack DVD reject OEM keys).
    Do I have to change

    [Channel]
    Retail

    by

    [Channel]
    OEM

    in file ‘ei.cfg’?

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