I would like to download Windows 8 disk images, but the files I have for the download are
100189659562.sdx. How can I open these files on my computer running Ubuntu?
It worked for me the following way:
Could download the desired file from MSNDAA.
I downloaded a cost-free VirtualBox Windows XP VM from Microsoft's VM resource for web developers (modern.ie), and used the SDM inside of the VM to download the images into a VirtualBox "Shared Folder" on the host system. (Wine didn't work for me (tried Bernd's way, Ubuntu 13.10).)
Now you can use WINE to allow you to run this Window-only file. WINE is a software package that allows some windows applications to run on Linux. To install, just press Ctrl+Alt+T on your keyboard to open Terminal. When it opens, run the command(s) below:
Make sure that you use IE6 as the browser in WINE — the SDM just works with this and not with IE9. So, that' why you need to get the winetricks package
Then, setup wine.
Now, install the SDM.
Click through the installer. Change the install directory to C:\SDM\ or something similar
Now you need to get the .sdx file. Save it. The file is named something like 100001234.sdx.
Now, to put it all together:
Remember to change the name of the sdx file and the path to the executable, if necessary.
Source:Threads of Science
I had the same problem and finally after a few weeks of reverse engineering wrote a program that is able to unpack an SDC file. You can find step-by-step instruction on my page right here.
SDC unpacker can be downloaded from github.