What You Need to Know Before Installing Windows 8.1 (Preview)

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Windows 8.1 Preview is out for little over a week, if you have not had a chance to try it out you can do so by downloading the free Windows 8.1 preview ISO image here. But before you go ahead and install Windows 8.1 on your machine there are few things you must know (myth busted):

Yes Windows 8.1 is a Standalone Windows Operating System No Windows 8 is required

You don’t need to have Windows 8 previously installed in order to install or upgrade to Windows 8.1. It is a standalone OS just like Windows 7, Vista and XP. It comes with three different versions Windows 8.1 RT 64 bit, 32 bit and Windows 8.1 RT for Windows 8 tablets, majority of the Windows 8 tablets runs on Surface.

You Can Go Back to Windows 8 if that’s the Computer’s original OS

In Windows 8, Microsoft introduced a feature to allow user restore, refresh and reset your PC. This allows user to go back in time with an fresh new state. If you are installing Windows 8.1 as an upgrade to the existing Windows 8 machine, you can use reset to go back to the original state where you have Windows 8 initially installed with.

Yes You can upgrade to the final Windows 8.1 Release

A special note to Windows RT users, because installing and upgrading to Windows 8.1 is different than the conventional Windows machine, there is no ISO available for Windows RT. The way you update your machine is totally depended on Microsoft’s release of new versions. Hence, if you are wondering you might not be able to continue upgrade to the final release of Windows 8.1, no need to worry. As of this preview Microsoft is promising any user who have upgraded to Windows 8.1 preview will be able to upgrade to the final release of Windows 8.1 which should be expecting around October this year.

Windows 8.1 Preview Expires on January 15, 2014

Your Windows 8.1 preview will expire in less than 7 month. Because we are expecting a final release of Windows 8.1 releasing later this year, it makes sense to set the expiration date a little after, which leaves you plenty of time to upgrade to the final release. You will be still able to use the Windows 8.1 preview, but will be restricted just like Windows 7 does.

Jonathan Hu

Programming by day, Web Development, Canucks & Movies for spare time!
Co-founder of Next of Windows and a cool geek 🙂

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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