Getting Windows 8.1 RTM bits

Getting Windows 8.1 RTM bits

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Based on the feedback from you and our partners, we’re pleased to announce that we will be making available our current Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro RTM builds (as well as Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds) to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The current Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM build will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. For developers, we are also making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate, which you can download here. For more on building and testing apps for Windows 8.1, head on over to today’s blog post from Steve Guggenheimer.

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  • Thank you very much..

  • thanks~gona download it~

  • For those of you who commented about issues regarding product keys: If you downloaded and installed the Windows 8.1 RTM bits from MSDN or TechNet, you will need to request a Windows 8.1 product key as part of your subscription and use that product key to activate the product.

  • Hi.

    I'm trying to test Windows 8.1, but Windows Update can't find any language packs... When it will be abailable?

  • Why RTM of 8.1 do not accept product key of Windows 8 ?

  • Necroman
    18 Posts

    I still cannot see Windows 8.1 RTM in our "Microsoft Action Pack Development and Design" list of available software. When can we expect the availability there? Thanks.

  • iand
    170 Posts

    Good to see the backtracking, devs need the release bits to get apps ready.

  • sreesiv
    0 Posts

    Good move.

    Please reduce the number of subscriptions and channels associated with distribution. The channels should be simple and easy of devs and pros to understand, and will reduce the overhead to a large extent.

    What I meant to say in short is "The corporatism and enterprisism in releasing products should be reduced gradually"... It'll take time, but you've got to act now. For the next major release I expect/hope to see a list something like this...

    RTM (All SKUs) + Tools (All SKUs) + Services (Test/Preparation Availability) -- XX/XX/2014

    RTM (All SKUs) + Tools (All SKUs) + Services (General Availability) -- YY/YY/2014

  • How about surface pro? It's able to update for surface?

  • cadê a opção de fazer o download do windows 8.1 versão final? Anuncia umas coisas quando vamos ver não esta disponível.

  • I am having the same issue. Have 8.1, but none of my 8.0 Pro keys (4 x different keys) will work with 8.1

  • SergeiB
    0 Posts

    @Brandon, following your instruction to @Nathan tried to install "Windows 8.1 (multiply editions) English" on the top of Preview with my valid license key for Win8Pro. No way, installation says "This key doesn't work with this edition of Windows". What could be wrong?

  • Hi Brandon, do you know if Dreamspark (for academic institutions) users will get Windows 8.1 in the next few days?

    We used to get the other windows versions just likeTechNet and MSDN users...

  • danielgr
    73 Posts

    What can I say ... thanks for listening !!!

    This is truly great news for me and so many of us.

    That said, I wonder if you do it on purpose, if that's part of a new company policy where you take decisions knowing you'll set the place on fire just to revert them a little afterwards. Kind of artificially building up your image of "a company that actually listens to its customer base".

    Either that or it's hard to believe you can be so blind, as if you didn't thought the uproar would happen...

  • Quppa
    12 Posts

    This is a sensible decision - thank you.

  • Thanks for the change! Will we see the 8.1 Enterprise RTM bits on the volume licensing site at some point before GA?

  • Thank you for listening to your customers!

  • Nathan
    63 Posts

    @Brandon LeBlanc, thank you so much for enlightening me. Can you please just give me a hunch if that's where MSFT is heading:

    WinRT is packaged in Windows 8/8.1 and independently for ARM based tables. Now, according to Mary Jo Foley, XRT is for Xbox One will be released this November and WinPhoRT will be released next year.

    1. To my understanding XRT is the crafted version of WinRT and has much in common. Does the commnality is with WinRT for 8 or 8.1 (with all new improved infrastructure)?

    2. If the previous assumption is true, and I build an app for WinRT, will it run on XRT and show in Xbox One's Store as well? Or Xbox One has totally a different Store?

    @Florin Neamtu, way to go bro! I am sooo thrilled by project. The only thing keeping us consume this library is the lack of non-rectangular geometry in WinRT. But I am pretty sure, when Microsoft teams will implement it, it won't only run smoothly on brand new devices, but also for legacy computers too.. Imagine P4 wpfbookcontrol.

  • @Nathan - voted already, and I still have hopes.

  • SvenC
    1 Posts

    Great that you took another look at your decision and support your MSDN subscribers!

    Thank you!

  • Score one for us devs and IT Pros I guess.  Would have loved to be a fly on the wall in the meetings that took place to withold the bits and the subsequent meeting to realize that was a dumb idea.

  • Nathan
    63 Posts

    Florin Neamtu, Silverlight is not supported in RT yet. At the basic level, if you haven't observed, the key feature of Silverlight, the non-rectangular geometry, is not supported by modern desktop. Everything is flat and very limited types of transitions are supported. This might be because they are trying to keep the RT system performant (60fps) for low energy devices.

    Nonetheless, you can vote for this suggestion and hope for the best.

  • Brandon
    20 Posts

    Thanks guys. Right choice. I am loving the new "we listen" Microsoft.

  • - thank you for your comment but we are addressing the specific feedback we heard from people about being able to get the RTM bits of Windows 8.1 via their MSDN and TechNet subscriptions.

    @Nathan - in your situation and since you have a valid Windows 8 license, you do not need to uninstall the Windows 8.1 Preview to move to Windows 8.1 RTM. As mentioned in our FAQ on, when you install subsequent editions of Windows 8.1 you'll be able to keep your personal files, but you'll need to reinstall your apps.

  • Nathan
    63 Posts

    For people owning Windows 8 license and currently running 8.1 preview, just ask them their dam product number and let them get it at the time of general availability. This is utter nonsense to make them uninstall 8.1 preview, install 8 and then install 8.1 GA. Its just one hidden value in some file and its already published on internet how to get 8.1 final from 8.1 preview, without going backwards! So please review this decision too!

  • Hallelujah! Thank you! :)

  • "Based on the feedback from you and our partners"? actually a lot of feedback is ignored ... loads of requests to continue development of Silverlight (even only in bug-fixing/maintenance mode would be acceptable) and allow it to run in Win8 Modern UI are constantly ignored. Do you really think anyone who's developed a serious LOB app will ever port it to Win8.1/2/3/n? It's almost impossible technically and cost prohibitive given the almost non-existent adoption of Win8 in enterprises. Having Silverlight running in Win8 (in whatever way, through winstore or just IE) would give you instant productivity apps that would help tremendously adoption of Surface tablets in enterprises.

  • controlz
    145 Posts

    Thanks! Great decision, I'm glad Microsoft is listening to the community. Now if only the decision to cancel TechNet was reversed...