Windows 8

If you are still using Microsoft Windows 8.1, we recommover you at least begin considering what OS you will use in the future. It’s mid-20trăng tròn and Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a miễn phí upgrade khổng lồ Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its nâng cấp program five years ago. Additionally, Windows 10 has the same system requirements as Windows 8.1, so if you can run the latter, you can also run the former.

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If you are somehow still stuông xã on Windows 8.0 và bởi not want khổng lồ go lớn the hassle of a full OS swap, we recommend running Windows Update immediately và downloading all available patches for your system, including the Windows 8.1 update, which will likely be offered to lớn you by mặc định. If you want khổng lồ tải về just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can vì so here.

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Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading to lớn Windows 8.1 is both easy và không tính phí. If you’re using another operating system (Windows 7, Windows XP, OS X), you can either buy a boxed version ($120 for normal, $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro), or opt for one of the free methods listed below. To tải về & install Windows 8.1 for free, follow the guide below.


How lớn download Windows 8.1 for free

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If you don’t want to wait for October 17 or 18, there are two options for downloading Windows 8.1: You can obtain a copy (và a license key) from a friend/colleague with an MSDN, TechNet, or DreamSpark (student) subscription, or you can download a Windows 8.1 RTM ISO from your favorite file-sharing trang web (The Pirate Bay, Mega, etc.)

While we’re not going to lớn write a guide on how khổng lồ obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you lớn kiểm tra the SHA-1 hash of the ISO that you tải về lớn make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page, & then click Details under the version that you’ve sầu obtained from elsewhere, you’ll find the SHA-1 hash. If you then use File Checksum Integrity Verifier (FCIV) on the ISO, the hash should match. If it doesn’t, assume the ISO has been compromised and tải về another. (But bởi vì make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDoanh Nghiệp website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

The other easier, and completely legal, option is lớn tải về the Windows 8.1 PĐánh Giá from Microsoft. It’s not as snappy as the final (RTM/GA) build, though, and has quite a few bugs/missing features. Bear in mind that if you go down this road, upgrading to lớn a real version of Windows 8.1 will require a few more steps (discussed in the next section).


How khổng lồ install Windows 8.1 for free

Once you have sầu the Windows 8.1 ISO on your hard drive sầu, the installation process is painless. Before you begin, you should consider backing up your important files and documents, but it’s not really necessary. You should also ensure that you have plenty of free hard drive sầu space (20GB+).

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If you’re already running Windows 8 và you downloaded the RTM ISO from somewhere other than the Windows Store, you can install Windows 8.1 by mounting the downloaded ISO in Explorer by double-clicking it, và then running the installer. If you’re on Windows 7, XPhường, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need lớn burn the ISO to a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-các buổi tiệc nhỏ virtual drive tool, lượt thích Magic ISO.

If you already have sầu Windows 8, & you waited for the official release date, installing Windows 8.1 is as simple as visiting the Windows Store & downloading the không tính tiền update.


In both these cases, the tăng cấp process should be very smooth, with your apps and settings fully preserved. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 PReviews, however, you will chiến bại your installed apps, unless you first run a cversion.ini removal utility.

Once you’ve sầu installed Windows 8.1, you should kiểm tra out our extensive collection of Windows 8.1 tips và tricks, & be sure to check our Windows 8.1 đánh giá and hands-on impressions to lớn ensure that you’re making the most of all the new features.

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Sebastian Anthony wrote the original version of this article. It has since been updated with new information.

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