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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 & 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 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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Even though Windows 11 has been announced, upgrading to lớn Windows 10 has several advantages. First, Windows 11 may not support your hardware if it’s old enough to 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 tư vấn before needing lớn figure out an alternative solution.

If you are somehow still stuck on Windows 8.0 & do not want khổng lồ go to 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 khổng lồ you by default. If you want to tải về just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can bởi vì so here.

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Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading lớn Windows 8.1 is both easy và 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 lấy 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

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

While we’re not going lớn write a guide on how to obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you to kiểm tra 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, and 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 tải về another. (But vì chưng make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDN website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

The other easier, and completely legal, option is to tải về the Windows 8.1 Preview from Microsoft. It’s not as snappy as the final (RTM/GA) build, though, & 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 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 không lấy phí hard drive 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, XP, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need to burn the ISO to lớn a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-party virtual drive tool, lượt thích 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 tính tiền update.

In both these cases, the nâng cấp process should be very smooth, with your apps và settings fully preserved. If you nâng cấp from Windows 8.1 Preview, however, you will thua kém 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, và be sure to kiểm tra our Windows 8.1 review 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. Newsletter

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