If you are still using Microsoft Windows 8.1, we recommend you at least begin considering what OS you will use in the future. It’s mid-2021 and Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a không tính phí upgrade to lớn Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its upgrade 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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Even though Windows 11 has been announced, upgrading to Windows 10 has several advantages. First, Windows 11 may not support your hardware if it’s old enough khổng lồ still be running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows 10, on the other hand, was compatible with virtually everything Windows 8.1 would run on. Windows 10 will also be supported through 2025, which gives you an extra two full years of support before needing to lớn figure out an alternative solution.
If you are somehow still stuck on Windows 8.0 and do not want khổng lồ go to the hassle of a full OS swap, we recommend running Windows Update immediately and downloading all available patches for your system, including the Windows 8.1 update, which will likely be offered khổng lồ you by default. If you want to download just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can vày 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 and free. 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 không tính phí methods listed below. To download and install Windows 8.1 for free, follow the guide below.
How to download Windows 8.1 for free
While we’re not going to write a guide on how lớn obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you to check the SHA-1 hash of the ISO that you tải về to make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page, & then click Details under the version that you’ve 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 download another. (But bởi vì make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDN website; your ISO might be mislabeled).
The other easier, & completely legal, option is to download the Windows 8.1 Preview 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 lớn a real version of Windows 8.1 will require a few more steps (discussed in the next section).
How to lớn install Windows 8.1 for free
Once you have the Windows 8.1 ISO on your hard drive, the installation process is painless. Before you begin, you should consider backing up your important files và documents, but it’s not really necessary. You should also ensure that you have plenty of free hard drive space (20GB+).
If you’re already running Windows 8 & 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, & then running the installer. If you’re on Windows 7, XP, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need lớn burn the ISO lớn a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-party virtual drive tool, like Magic ISO.
If you already have Windows 8, & you waited for the official release date, installing Windows 8.1 is as simple as visiting the Windows Store & downloading the không lấy phí update.
In both these cases, the upgrade process should be very smooth, with your apps & settings fully preserved. If you tăng cấp from Windows 8.1 Preview, however, you will thua trận your installed apps, unless you first run a cversion.ini removal utility.
Once you’ve installed Windows 8.1, you should kiểm tra out our extensive collection of Windows 8.1 tips & tricks, and be sure to check our Windows 8.1 nhận xét and hands-on impressions khổng lồ ensure that you’re making the most of all the new features.
Sebastian Anthony wrote the original version of this article. It has since been updated with new information.
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