Want to take a look at the next version of Windows 8? Microsoft has made available as a free download, a preview version of Windows 8.1. The best features of the upgrade include enhancements to the start screen, built in tethering, and better SkyDrive integration. Owners of Windows 8 compatible computers, laptops, and tablets can install Windows 8.1 preview on to their device(s). After the break, I will show you how to download Windows 8.1 Preview.
Before You Install Windows 8.1 Preview
Before you install Windows 8.1 Preview, or any operation system upgrade, be certain to back up your computer first! Depending on the options you select, the upgrade may remove your existing files. Install Windows 8.1 Preview at your own risk!
Please note that some of your current applications may not work with Windows 8.1. You may also experience issues with connecting to some services such as corporate networks. You may also run into some compatibility issues with the newest version of Internet Explorer 11.
One more thing to consider before installing Windows 8.1 Preview… At some point you will need to upgrade the preview install with the full and final version of Windows 8.1, whenever it is released. During this upgrade, you may lose some or all of your apps and files.
How to Download Windows 8.1 Preview
To download Windows 8.1 Preview, you have two options:
Option 1: Windows Store Installer
To use the Windows Store Installer, visit the Windows 8.1 Preview site and follow the steps. This option is the easiest of the two. It’s also the only option if you are using a Windows RT tablet.
Option 2: Windows 8 ISO Install
If you want to install Windows 8.1 Preview offline via a bootable disc or USB drive, you will need the Windows 8.1 installation ISO. This option will allow you to perform a clean upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1. To get the ISO, visit the Windows 8.1 Preview Download Site.
What’s the Windows 8.1 Preview Product Key?
To install Windows 8.1 you will need a product key (i.e. serial number). The product key below has been provided by Microsoft and is free to use.
Did you download Windows 8.1 Preview? If so, what do you think?
If you have questions about the Windows 8.1 Preview, or if you want to share your experiences with the upgrade, use the comments section below.