Today Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has announced the first preview build of Windows 8.1 at Build conference, San Francisco. Windows 8.1 Preview is a free pre-release update pack of Windows 8.1 (Windows Blue) which will be releasing later this year.
What’s new in Windows 8.1?
- New Enhanced search page, that brings you results from your PC, your apps and the web
- Windows Store with New look which makes it easier to discover and download new apps
- Setup slid-show on your lock screen by picking your favourite pictures.
- Built-in Cloud Storage
- Internet Explorer 11 Preview
- More flexible. You can open up four apps on the screen at once and change the size of each window.
- And many more. Read a complete product guide
Windows 8.1 Preview is available in Arabic, English (US), Chinese (Simplified), Chinese (Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, and Turkish.
This preview update pack is only for experienced PC users. We recommend that before installing any re-release software you should know the both pros and cons. And these are, if you install the preview release, you’ll get to try out the many new features, but you might also encounter errors that you wouldn’t encounter using a released version of Windows.
Few things to note, before Installing Windows 8.1 on your PC
- If you download the ISO, you’ll need to enter this product key: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F.
- In order to use Windows 8.1 Preview you must sign in to your PC with a Microsoft account. The option to create a local account will be made available at the final release of Windows 8.1.
- If you’re running Windows RT you won’t be able to restore Windows RT after you install Windows RT 8.1 Preview. You’ll be able to upgrade to the final version of Windows RT 8.1
- If you’re running Windows 8 Enterprise, you’ll need to install the preview using the ISO.
- If you’re running Windows 8 and you don’t use any of the 13 languages the preview is available in, you’ll need to install using the ISO.
- You can use your Windows 8’s product key for Fresh installation of Windows 8.1 preview from ISO
- If you install Windows 8.1 Preview through the Windows Store, you don’t need a product key.