Upgrading Windows 8 from ISO file is quite easy considering the free tools that are available and is also a great way to backup vital DVDs or CDs to the hard drive. Creating and storing important software via ISO backups could prove a smart move. ISO images offer great potential when upgrading to Windows 8 because the images are self-contained. Being a single file, ISO image enabling data representation, storing, and organizing files on any disc would be easy. Windows 8 do not come with an in-built method to create ISO files, users will have to download a specific program to do it.
Creating ISO images are easy and to create one from a DVD or CD could take from few minutes to maximum an hour; depend on the disc size and computer speed. The first step involves downloading a BurnAware free. This program creates an ISO image file from any type of CD, BD, or DVD. BurnAware free works well on Windows 8, Windows 7, XP, and Vista. It supports both the 32-bit and 64-bit versions. In the second step, users can install the BurnAware free on the system. After installing the BurnAware free, run it.
Once the BurnAware free is run open it and click on the copy to image option. Then from the source, users can choose the optical disc drive option. The click or touch the browse option. Save the ISO image file on a preferred location and can name it as per convenience. Click or touch on the save button to move on to the next step. Optical discs, particularly BDs and DVDs, will create ISO files of several gigabytes. The drive that is chosen should be sufficient space to save the ISO image file. The desktop would prove an ideal location to create an ISO image file.
As a part of next step insert the CD or DVD that will create the ISO image file on the chosen optical drive. Depending on the AutoRun configuration on the Windows system, the inserted disc will start. Next, users can click the copy option. If by any chance, “no disc” message shows up, users can click or touch on the OK option and then try again. Be patient till the ISO image file is created from the disc. The progress can be tracked by closely keeping a watch on the Image Process bar. The process of ISO creation is complete once the “copy process successful completion box” appears on the screen.
Name the ISO image file and navigate it to the preferred location. Users can click OK to the appearing message and then close both the copy to image option and the BurnAware free window. The disc can be removed from the optical drive. The disc will now have all the ISO image files required for upgrading Windows 8. Disc should be formatted before files are copied. The final step, the ISO image files can be booted from the disc to begin the Windows 8 upgrading process.