Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/166397/windows-8.1-preview-released-what-it-means-and-how-to-get-it/
Microsoft released a preview of their update to Windows 8 today, and we’ve got all the details, starting with how to get your hands on it.
Why can't we update to the final version if we install this Preview?
Although that's the same thing they did with the Windows 8 beta and the final version. Guessing they don't want to support the preview as an upgrade source.
So will we need to uninstall the Preview once the actual 8.1 appears?
And when will the actual 8.1 appear?
The actual 8.1 will be later this year at some point. Probably October.
Not available to users in the UK, from the looks of things.
The standalone updater throws a "this update is not applicable to your computer" error message when attempting to install on an en-gb version of Windows 8.
I updated and rebooted but I don't get the pop up message to download 8.1 does anyone know why?
It might take a little bit... or not show up for a while. You can try just opening the Store and see if the update is there.
I've had a lot of issues getting this going, my desktop just refuses to install, and the tablet was flaking out but is finally installing.
Guessing this is a buggy release cycle
Those of us with the Enterprise Evaluation will need to wait for the ISO to be released, maybe tomorrow...
Can someone tell me what is changed in 8.1 other than cosmetics and the search. A start button is nothing. You can always click the lower left corner. As for where it boots to, who cares? It is simple to switch.
I'm checking this out now but it seems as though if you're an MSDN subscriber, the .iso for the 8.1 Preview is available? It's downloading as I speak...it says nothing about "upgrade" so I'm thinking it's the full thing?
Unfortunately I'll be upgrading through VirtualBox, so we'll see how that goes! I'm interested in how much better the start menu will be...the biggest issue for me was that I worked mainly on the desktop and having to pop up the entire start menu with some of my tiles (and not all of them) was quite annoying.
Sure enough! Thanks for letting me know.... it's downloading right now. I'm hoping that it works in VirtualBox, because trying to upgrade did not.
Well done EU! Their stupid rulings ruin something else!
Is there some political reasoning behind this exclusion, then? I'm not one to follow politics, so your comment has gone over my head, I'm sorry to say!
Well my version didn't work. Threw an error message upon booting...this is on a clean install of a new VM though, so maybe it could be used when an existing Windows 8 VM is available. I, unfortunately, left my Windows 8 .iso at home.
Was it able to work for you?
Bit of history here, still applies with 8
Massive mistake by the EU. If a user is savvy enough to want a media player other than Windows Media Player they'll download it. If they're not that clued up, they'll probably be more than happy with the default and be confused why it's missing or download a 10 year old version by mistake etc. It's the same with the browser ballot (although as a web developer I wish everyone used modern browsers and Microsoft force updated) - non-techie users often don't even know what the browser is.... same for the cookie law, etc, etc....
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You can try this: http://answers.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/forum/windows8_1_pr-windows_install/error-the-update-is-not-applicable-to-your/342136ba-1f64-42c4-a344-d7e7e33ea868
Didn't work for me - i think the server is busy, and the 'funny' text scared me a bit so I uninstalled the KB update. Do this with add/remove software and press the show updates option.
FYI, the 64-bit just doesn't work in a VM, but the 32-bit works great.
Works great on my Surface Pro. I guess I can defer re-imaging until October if need be. This is my mobile / secondary machine so it doesn't get a lot of stuff on it.
Loving the IE11 changes though, seems much snappier in Discourse too.
I was able to actually install VMWare Player (instead of Virtualbox) and I have the x64 version working! I haven't used it much but I definitely have to say the small improvements that they've done I already like!
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