Earlier today, Microsoft released Windows 8.1 Preview to the masses. For those of you who have been following our site or Microsoft news in general, this update is a big deal to Windows 8 users. Unfortunately, when the preview was released today, it wasnt as simple as clicking and installing.
First of all, in order to snag the Windows 8.1 Preview, Windows 8 users need to download a small update (see download link below), install that update, and then reboot. After rebooting, Windows 8.1 will be available for download and installation via the Windows Store. This update may even install automatically via Windows Update depending on your settings.
Secondly, those who run Windows RT and have installed an language pack, you won’t be able to install the Windows 8.1 Preview. “Please note: If you are on Windows RT and have installed a language pack, please don’t install the Windows RT 8.1 Preview at this time. A fix is coming so check back soon,” Microsoft explains. Looks like you will have to be a bit patient. If you do not have a language pack installed, you should be good.
Another issue revolves around computers running 32bit Atom processors. “Some tablets and PCs running newer 32-bit Atom processors require updates to their graphics drivers before they can run the Windows 8.1 Preview. Those tablets and PCs include the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, ASUS VivoTab TF810C, HP Envy X2, HP ElitePad 900, Samsung ATIV Smart PC, and Fujitsu ARROWS Tab. We are working closely with Intel and OEM partners to deliver updated drivers that will allow you to install the Windows 8.1 Preview as soon as possible,” Microsoft explains. Again, you will just have to be patient.
For those of you who have been able to install Windows 8.1 Preview successfully, congratulations! For those who are having issues, sound off in the comments below and perhaps someone can assist you!Microsoft, Windows 8.1