How to Get Windows 8.1 for Free

Earlier today, Microsoft announced that Windows 8.1 will be available for users to download and try as a customer preview. If you want to download Windows 8.1 for free, you can do it right now with next to no effort and witness for yourself all the new upgrades that were released.

If you don’t know what new features Window 8.1 has brought, check out our cover post, where we explained all the new features that would come along with this update. Also, if you are interested in seeing the Microsoft //build/ conference for yourself, you can check it out here.
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If you already own Windows 8, then you can download the 8.1 update for free and upgrade your existing operating system. However, the ISO file is not available yet, but only the Windows 8.1 upgrade file. The Windows 8.1 ISO file will be available for download in the following days.

Even so, current users of Windows 8 will be able to download for free the upgrade package for Windows 8.1 right now. If you wish to know how you can do this, read this short guide and in a matter of minutes, you will have Windows 8.1 on your computer.

Download Windows 8.1 Customer Preview for free

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As mentioned, in order to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you must have an original copy of Windows 8 installed on your computer. At this point, Microsoft has released the upgrade package for x86 based computers. If your Windows 8 is a x64 version, then this upgrade will not work sadly.

The first step for downloading the Windows 8.1 upgrade for free is to follow this link and save the upgrade file named “Windows8-RT-KB2849636-x86.msu” to your drive.

After the download has finished, open the installer and follow the wizard that will guide you through the installation. After the installation is complete, you will have Windows 8.1 installed on your computer. Now, you can check out all the new features that Microsoft has brought in this update.

Also, for those who want to wait 1 or 2 days for the ISO file, they will be able to download it from here. I hope everyone will like the new features that were introduced in Windows 8.1, and if you plan on installing it, the only thing I can say is : “Enjoy your free Windows 8.1 upgrade“.

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