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How to upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 preview

The revamped, better equipped version of Windows 8, Windows 8.1 preview is finally here on the block! With new features including a ‘Start’ button, better browser and potent new apps, it certainly looks a notch above its previous version.In case you’re cracking your fingers already, to get a taste of it, you’ll need a bit of prep work beforehand.

1> SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS-

Before you go ahead with Windows 8.1, your system should conform with the following requirements:-

  • PROCESSOR- 1GHz or faster
  • RAM- 1GB or 2GB
  • HARD DISK ( Free space)- 16GB (32-bit) and 20GB (64-bit)
  • Graphics card- Microsoft DirectX9 graphics device with WDDM driver.

2> Backup you data-

The most crucial thing while upgrading your OS is backing up of your data. Though Windows provides its Recovery Drive feature, you can use other 3rd party tools.

3> Enable the update-

Go to  http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/preview-download

NOTE: On this site, you’ll find the ISO files as well.

Windows 8.1 update

  • Now, click on ‘Get the update’ as shown in the pic above.

windows 8.1 update pic 2

  • You’ll see a security warning, just click on ‘Open’.
  • After a while you’ll get the actual system updater, click ‘Yes’ to run it.
  • In a minute or so you’ll get the ‘Installation complete’ message along with a restart button.
  • Click on the restart button, once you boot up, you’ll get something like this:-

windows 8.1 update pic 3

  • Now, click on ‘Go to Store’ to install the upgrade.

So, go ahead and give Windows 8.1 preview a shot! We are eagerly awaiting your review!

3 thoughts on “How to upgrade from Windows 8 to 8.1 preview

  1. Hi
    I have tried to install this update multiple times, but it will not install. It says that it is not compatible with my system. Not sure if it is a language issue. I have however installed Windows 8.1 from ISO files and it looks like some great improvements.

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