[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:


  • 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