Moving forward from Windows 8.1 Preview

Moving forward from Windows 8.1 Preview

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Did you know that Windows 8.1 preview and Windows RT 8.1 preview expire on January 15th?

Now that Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have been generally available for a while, it’s time to get all your remaining devices that are still running Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview to the final GA release before the Preview release expires, here’s how:

  • If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here, or by clicking here to initiate the process. Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this.
  • If you installed a volume license version of Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes, we would recommend that you install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise for ongoing use. If you have to upgrade an existing machine, you can do so using volume license media. This can be done by manually running SETUP.EXE from the media, or can be automated by running “setup.exe /auto:data”. As with any Preview update, only data and accounts will be migrated; all apps will need to be reinstalled.

For more information about upgrading to Windows 8.1 please refer to the blog post - Windows 8.1 General Availability: The IT Pro Perspective.

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  • pity there is no easy way of doing a clean install of 8.1 using .iso files using windows 8.0 keys. Having to install 8.0 first is not an "easy" way when you are upgrading multiple PCs.

  • I agree. I like the new direction that Windows is moving in. It feels more personal, and less cluttered. Though I do wish to see more development on the Metro apps, Windows 8.1 is a highly operational OS. I like the dynamic feel of the new UI. It makes my devices seem "alive," and not "bland" anymore. I also like being able to move between devices, and not loose functionality.

    I really hope you don't abandon this road, and continue to push forward, despite the vocal minority. A few more years worth of development, and the Metro UI can be as productive as the Win32 UI is now. I really can't wait to see what is down the road.

  • Dear Microsoft,

    I believe you have heard enough bad feedback, it's about time to hear something else. I have watched the W8 products from the first second they were released and up till now. I am a huge MS fan, for me there is no Apple, Linux etc. And I want to say - THANK YOU. It was about time that Windows interface changed to something MORE personal. It's wonderful, man. Wonderful. I cannot express in words how I feel about it because no word would do it justice. I love the tiles, the colours, the big pics. Due to my photographic memory, I find working so much easier by just fast browsing through the tile pics and selecting the one I want instead of spending seconds to read the app names which I could be using to work instead! I am a lil disappointed that you allowed to others to influence you and bring back the start button/menu because I'd really like for it to be optional. It was great without it. But that is my only complaint. I love the lock-screen slideshow idea, I LOVE the picture password because imho, there's nothing more secure than that and I just love how easy it is to switch between apps and desktop software. Really man, I cannot thank you guys enough. And I also looooove the full view of things, makes them look so clean and nice. IE still needs a lil more work, but the everything else is ok. Speaking of fullview, I enjoy the page layouts and the way things look now via the tile apps. So, yeah, as a conclusion, way to go. I am proud of you guys and while there are a lot of people who may not be as open to change as they prefer for things to stay traditional, just know that there are those of us who love the OS and support you.