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As promised by Microsoft yesterday at the //build/conference, the ISO file containing Windows 8.1 customer preview has been released. Those of you who haven’t gotten the free Windows Store upgrade can now download the ISO file and install it on your computers.
Although some users have reasons not to install Windows 8.1 due to the fact that it is still in beta testing and it might have some leftover bugs, there are many that can hardly wait to get their hands on the new update. If yo were waiting for the Windows 8.1 ISO files to burn to a DVD or USB memory stick, now you can. Just follow this guide and see how to do it.
On the download page, users can now find a number of ISO files, both in 64 bit and 32 bit architecture, as well as in different languages. Also, Microsoft released a serial number that will work with this customer preview of Windows 8.1
Download Windows 8.1 ISO
We will provide you with the download links and serial number for Windows 8.1, and also with some other information about it. First off, because this is a ISO file, you will be able to burn it to a bootable DVD or create a bootable USB drive with Windows 8.1 and install it anywhere you want.
For creating a Windows 8.1 bootable USB drive, Microsoft has published a page showing how simple it can be done on Windows 8. Also, for those that do not have Windows 8, know that it still works with the old “DISKPART” tool in CMD.
If you want to install it on the computer you are currently using, then all you need to do is open the Windows 8.1 ISO file and double click the “setup.exe” and follow the wizard.
If you want to download the ISO file with Windows 8.1, head over to the download page and select the version you want from the list at the bottom. Also there, you can find the serial number for this version. For those of you who are impatient, here you have both the Windows 8.1 serial number and the ISO files:
Windows 8.1 Serial Number: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F
Download ISO: Windows 8.1 x64 – English (3.3 GB)
Download ISO: Windows 8.1 x86 – Engligh (2.5 GB)
If you want to see the other versions of Windows 8.1 that were released, follow this link to the official Microsoft Windows 8.1 download page and scroll to the bottom of the page. You will see a list of all the languages that Windows 8.1 comes in.
Known Issues and Incompatibility
Microsoft also announced that Windows 8.1 is incompatible with some devices that have Intel’s Atom processors. Here’s what they said:
Important: Windows 8.1 Preview isn’t currently supported on some tablets and PCs with newer 32-bit Atom processors
Here is a list of devices that will not run Windows 8.1 for the moment:
- Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2
- ASUS VivoTab TF810C
- Samsung ATIV Smart PC
- HP ElitePad 900
- HP ENVY x2
- Fujitsu ARROWS Tab