How to create Windows 8 AIO (All-In-One) ISO DVD

As I have shared the process of creating Windows 7 AIO – An ISO Image, comprising all editions in one bootable media earlier, now I am sharing the way of creating Windows 8 AIO (All-In-One) bootable ISO.

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In this blog post, you will walk through the step by step instructions to create Windows 8 AIO (All-in-One) ISO USB/DVD.

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.)

How To:

  1. Download Windows 8 ISOs from MSDN / TechNet sites and extract  to different folders. For instance, I extracted all ISO at following locations (folders):
Windows 8 edition Files location
Windows 8 x64 C:\WIN8x64
Windows 8 x86 C:\WIN8AIO
Windows 8 Enterprise x64 C:\WIN8Ex64
Windows 8 Enterprise x86 C:\WIN8Ex86

You can give any name to the folders.

  1. As I previously blogged, Windows 8 ISO image contains all editions and Windows 8 Product Key defines which edition to be installed. I have unlocked Windows 8 x86 ISO and copied within C:\WIN8AIO which already has two editions i.e. 32-bit versions of Core and Pro in it.
  2. Here’s the chart of Windows 8 different WIM files and their INDEX references which will be required, when we export one edition from a WIM file to another one.

    Windows 8 (x86 & x64)  Windows 8 Enterprise (x86 & x64)
     Pro – 1  Enterprise – 1
    Core – 2
  3. Now run Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment (Command Prompt) as Administrator and then type the following commands:
  4. Imagex /compress maximum /export <path_of_source_wim_file> <index_no> <path_of_destination_wim_file> <description_of_edition>

    For instance,

    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 Pro x64

    Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\WIN8x64\sources\install.wim 1 C:\WIN8AIO\sources\install.wim “Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)”

    Windows 8 Core x64

    Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\WIN8x64\sources\install.wim 2 C:\WIN8AIO\sources\install.wim “Windows 8 (64-bit)”

    Windows 8 Enterprise x64

    Imagex /compress maximum /export C:\WIN8Ex64\sources\install.wim 1 C:\WIN8AIO\sources\install.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise (64-bit)”

    imagex exporting images

    Imagex.exe – Exporting Windows image from one WIM to another one.

    When it is done, you’ll have a universal WIM file of Windows 8 containing all editions.

  5. Now, just create a new bootable Windows 8 ISO image or bootable Windows 8 USB stick and burn on a DVD media using any third party software like NERO, ROXIO, and ImageBurn etc.
  6. Windows 8 AIO is now ready to go! And interestingly it weighs 4.11GB only and fits on DVD5 type disc.
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Windows 8 AIO ISO – comprising all editions including Enterprise.

If you will find any problem in creating Windows 8 AIO, contact me anytime.

– UPDATED 08/27/2012

  • Peter

    Is it also possible to be able to install OEM and retail keys form the same medium?
    I understand that I can turn a retail ISO into an OEM ISO by adding the ei.cfg into the /sources folder.
    But is there a way that one can install with both keys, without any adjustments?

  • jay

    i have aio dvd of windows 8 and a 64 bit laptop.but the setup opens a dialog box to insert the other dvd.what to do?

  • imanauditore

    Greetings, thanks for info, please help me about bypassing add to snap ability in win8metroapps side by side using requirements [my com doesn support 1366 res for covering this ability but i just wanna to use it, please guide me.]

  • Draza

    I have couple questions :
    1. How to add Win8 PRO with Media Center ?
    2. Is it possible to manage Win7/8 AIO ISO to Install Windows on external-USB drive ?
    3. Is it possible to merge Win7 and Win8 AIOs ?
    THANKS for the POST !!
    Draza :)

  • Matt

    I Tried this but once i go to windows 8 core 64 it didnt work until i changed the number 2 to 1 is that ok?

  • Cloud500

    Its possible to merge a Win 7 AIO and a Win 8 AIO??

  • LeBaux

    I know that you have discussed the multilingual option, but I am still lost in it. It would be great to make a new tutorial on how to integrate x86, x64 and any number of languages. I am quite sure that this tutorial would drive mad traffic to this site, because it does not seems to exist yet! In my case, I need to make ENG/SLOVAK/CZECH iso. Many people would benefit from extended version of this tutorial! :)

  • SpecialFighter

    is it possible to get the result of this tutorial -> Windows 8 AIO as an ISO? (german language please)

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Yup… I have created 8 in 1 ISO/DVD weighing 3.94GB including two version of an unofficial edition Windows 8 Pro with Media Center.

  • http://www.facebook.com/gh.bogdan Bogdan Gheorghe

    OK.
    First things first: for those complaining they can’t upgrade x64 systems – this is caused by the fact that the AIO DVD has only 1 setup.exe from the original x86 DVD.
    You have to combine this guide with this: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/156965-a-plea-for-help-windows-7-3264-bit-aio-iso/page__st__20
    And the second thing: any other way to force compression? It does not fit on a 4.5 DVD.

    • Tzitziloni

      True, the resulting iso size is larger than 4.7gb… For example, Greek Core and Pro x86 and x64 (4 total) do not fit. What are you guys burn to? Dual layer?

  • Renosa

    i read the post about the licence file for the enterprise.
    the disk images i have is from msdn.
    it will work to intergrade the enterprise ver to pro/core?
    sould i have to do any more steps exept from the guidleine from your main post?

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      The answer is “YES”. It will work and you can integrate Enterprise edition to PRO/CORE sources.

  • Renosa

    Hi
    i want to intergrate Greek Versions in to English version so i have AIO Disk with
    Greek & English both X32&X64!
    is it posible?
    if not, the folowing command are good for two diferent language versions disks?
    ENGLISH
    Windows 8 Enterprise x86
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:ENWIN8Ex86sourcesinstall.wim 1 G:ENWIN8AIOsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise (32-bit)”
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:ENWIN8x64sourcesinstall.wim 1 G:ENWIN8AIOsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)”
    Windows 8 Core x64
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:ENWIN8x64sourcesinstall.wim 2 G:ENWIN8AIOsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 (64-bit)”
    Windows 8 Enterprise x64
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:ENWIN8Ex64sourcesinstall.wim 1 G:ENWIN8AIOsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise (64-bit)”

    oscdimg.exe -lWIN8AIO -m -u2 -bG:ENWIN8AIObootetfsboot.com G:ENWIN8AIO G:FinENWIN8AIO.ISO

    GREEK
    Windows 8 Enterprise x86
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:GRWIN8Ex86grsourcesinstall.wim 1 G:GRWIN8AIOgrsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise (32-bit)”
    Windows 8 Pro x64
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:GRWIN8x64grsourcesinstall.wim 1 G:GRWIN8AIOgrsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 Pro (64-bit)”
    Windows 8 Core x64
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:GRWIN8x64grsourcesinstall.wim 2 G:GRWIN8AIOgrsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 (64-bit)”
    Windows 8 Enterprise x64
    Imagex /compress maximum /export G:GRWIN8Ex64grsourcesinstall.wim 1 G:GRWIN8AIOgrsourcesinstall.wim “Windows 8 Enterprise (64-bit)”

    oscdimg.exe -lWIN8AIOGR -m -u2 -bG:GRWIN8AIOgrbootetfsboot.com G:GRWIN8AIOgr G:FinGRWIN8AIO.ISO

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Yes! you can have one AIO source for all Greek & English including both 32bit and 64bit versions.

    • Nahuel

      Im’ sorry, but example form Renosa was about creating individual discs for english and for greek language. If we continue to execute “Imagex /compress maximum /export [...]” to any DVD disc that we want to integrate, but if that image is in another language ¿how would it be displayed on installation setup screen?, since language is ussually selected prior to version list appear. ¿Should we change any argument to our commands for install.wim compilation to fit multiple languages?. Thanks in advance!

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      The setup process will be in language of setup sources. for instance- in above example its English.

  • http://www.facebook.com/elliot.mason Elliot Mason

    What about Windows 8 Pro-N version?

    If I want to integrate the x86 & x64 versions of Pro-N + x86 & x64 versions of Pro is it a similar procedure?

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Yup! the procedure would be same and you can add ‘N’ editions too.

  • www

    tuto.(on windows 7)
    when you install windows 8 enterprise,eula shows a version rc,even if you have the correct version rtm.
    1 before creating your bootable iso image, create a folder “test” eg at the root of c: test.

    2 Now run Deployment and Imaging Tools Environment (Command Prompt) as Administrator and then type the following commands(without quote)to identify enterprise index versions x86 and x64:”dism /Get-WimInfo /WimFile:C:WIN8AIOsourcesinstall.wim” (C:WIN8AIOsourcesinstall.wim is )

    3 Now mount the x86 or x64 enterprise index,type the following commands(without quote):” Dism /Mount-Image /ImageFile:C:win8aiosourcesinstall.wim /index:X /MountDir:C:test” (C:win8aiosourcesinstall.wim /index:X is and X is , is .
    repeat all the tutorial for each index X86, X64.

    4 now copy the License text file(license.rtf) from windows>system32>en-gb>Licenses>volume>enterprise and place it in _Default>enterprise folder eg: en-gb>Licenses>_Default>enterprise.
    note en-gb is where my Licenses are yours will be in what ever language you are using.
    you can browse the folder test to identify the correct file rtf.
    before they must file permissions.type the following command(without quote):”takeown /f path_of_licence.rtf_folder /r /d o” (eg:c:testwindows…volume.)repeat the command for each folder “volume” and “_default”.
    now type the following command(without quote):”icacls path_of_license.rtf_folder /grant administrateurs:f /t” (like the previous command,same path and repeat the command for each folder “volume” and “_default”).
    Now you can delete(without command line.browse folder test) the file in the folder “_default” and copy the file in the folder “volume” in the folder “_default”.

    5 now unmount Image and save change
    type this command without quote: “Dism /Unmount-Image /MountDir:C:test /commit” ( is )
    Now, you can create a new bootable Windows 8 ISO image.

  • www

    EULA show is rc preview enterprise(i have correct sha-1 rtm).the problem is the ei.cfg file. I can correct my aio.iso or I must begin again the tutorial?

    “I have make all in one windows 8 Core, Pro, ProWMC, Enterprise both x86 and x64 but when install enterprise EULA show is RC version, before I add EI.cfg with this parameters
    [Channel]
    Retail

    How to fix this problem?”
    ——————————————————————————————————————
    “You will need to mount enterprise index and copy the License text file from windows>system32>en-gb>Licenses>volume>enterprise and place it in _Default>enterprise folder eg: en-gb>Licenses>_Default>enterprise
    note en-gb is where my Licenses are yours will be in what ever language you are using

    then keeping ei.cfg channel as retail, enterprise eula will show vl instead of prerelease”

  • Lello Vigliotti

    i cannot extract the wim files, this is the screen from the prompt: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/214/schermata092456179alle1.png/
    can you help me?
    thx

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      try without /Compress flag.

  • www

    without quote and space->Windows8Enterprise32bit

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      As of now Not Possible! you have to quote the description if you want to spaces.

  • WWW

    I have windows 7-netfx4 v4.0.30319- and i cant installing adk! “mscorpehost.dll:is not designed to run on Windows or it contains an error”.what is the problem?
    I can create a aio8 with WAIK 3.0?

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Yes! You can create Windows 8 AIO ISO with WAIK 3.0 and older.

  • LIon

    Hi when doing a upgrade, I can’t upgrade a 64 bit system using this AIO disc

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      To do this, you’ll need to start, or boot, your computer using the Windows 8 installation disc or USB flash drive.

    • Lion

      You miss understand, you can’t do an upgrade on a 64bit system with this disc but it works fine on a 32bit system

  • Craig Carter

    My problem is when I boot the disc and before I can install Windows 8 it asks for a product key.

  • ltb76

    This works fine for the 64 editions – but it does not work for the 32bit edition. Any ideas?
    BTW, if you need EFI boot support you can use this:

    oscdimg.exe -lWIN8AIO -m -o -u2 -bootdata:2,e,bC:tmpISOPro_8_64BITbootetfsboot.com,e,bC:tmpISOefisys.bin C:tmpisoPro_8_64BIT .Win8AIO.iso

    (adjust paths)
    efisys.bin is found in: C:Program Files (x86)Windows Kits8.0Assessment and Deployment KitDeployment Toolsamd64Oscdimg
    after you install ADK.

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Okay! We have the solution now. After checking few settings… It is found that we need to integrate 64bit editions into 32bit version of ISO. (POST UPDATED)

  • Isaac Vázquez

    only remains to know, how to make the installer works on Windows
    To install from the hard drive, when I don’t have a USB Disk at hand, and the computer has no DVD reader
    http://i49.tinypic.com/a1pzlz.png

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      Your issue has been resolved now. instead of exporting 32bit editions to 64bit ISO, export 64bit editions into 32bit version of ISO.

    • Chiisa

      Do we need to copy the content of 64-bit ISO on top of 32-bit ISO or do we need to just exporting the 64-bit install.wim to 32-bit without overriding the ISO?
      Because i found out the size of the ISO’s are different (3.17GB for 64 bit, and 2.50 for 32 bit)
      cheers

    • http://www.windowsvalley.com Ramesh Kumar

      you just need to export the 64-bit install.wim to 32-bit without overriding the ISO content.

  • http://www.freshnewsarea.com/ Harkunwar Singh Kochar

    Thanks