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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Windows 8.1 Preview available for download

Posted by Jim Bernstein

If you have been waiting for the first major update or service pack for Windows 8 to arrive well now is your chance to get it, well a preview of it at least. The Windows 8.1 (Blue) preview is out and ready for you to download and try out for yourself. Just keep in mind that it’s a beta version and you may end up having to redo your system if you don’t like it because you can’t uninstall it once you “upgrade”. If you have access to a virtualized environment then that would be your best bet for testing it out so you can snapshot your original configuration and roll it back if needed.

The Windows 8.1 preview can be installed right from Windows 8 as an update or you can download an ISO file and install it from the setup file within the ISO or boot to the ISO itself. Microsoft released a listing of all the enhancements and new features but most people were waiting for a Start button and Start menu. Well the Start button made it but it only toggles between the desktop and the Start Screen. As for the Start menu there is not one, at least for now. Maybe if we are lucky it will make it to the final 8.1 release.

You can download the Windows 8.1 preview and get a license key from the Microsoft website.

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