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Surface RT - clean install of Windows 8.1 update 1

  1. #11


    You cannot do this.

    Windows RT runs on an ARM based processor. Windows 8 does NOT.

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    As pparks1 said, you need Windows RT not Windows 8.1. I haven't seen a Windows RT download on TechNet or MSDN. As far as I know Microsoft is not providing Windows RT as a separate Software package and it is ONLY available pre-installed on certified hardware.
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  3. #13


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    As pparks1 said, you need Windows RT not Windows 8.1. I haven't seen a Windows RT download on TechNet or MSDN. As far as I know Microsoft is not providing Windows RT as a separate Software package and it is ONLY available pre-installed on certified hardware.
    I obvously assumed that all knows Surface runs Windows RT, but of course, newly updated version of Windows RT (with 8.1.1 update) was what I meant.
    Anyways, seems like they don't do this for that specific version and closing thread as solved.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by kaieivindm View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    As pparks1 said, you need Windows RT not Windows 8.1. I haven't seen a Windows RT download on TechNet or MSDN. As far as I know Microsoft is not providing Windows RT as a separate Software package and it is ONLY available pre-installed on certified hardware.
    I obvously assumed that all knows Surface runs Windows RT, but of course, newly updated version of Windows RT (with 8.1.1 update) was what I meant.
    Anyways, seems like they don't do this for that specific version and closing thread as solved.
    The Surface Pro runs Windows 8.1 and the Surface RT runs Windows RT. Most know that but not everybody does. When in doubt I try to clarify with what I say. Microsoft calls it Windows RT so when someone says Windows 8.1 I take that to mean they aren't talking about Windows RT. It wasn't clear to me that you knew the difference but obviously you did. Anyway, as you've found out, Windows RT is not available for download. It's not even up on MSDN or TechNet.
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  5. #15


    It has a secured partition and you cannot install anything on it. Microsoft does not even offer to the public any copies of Windows RT.
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  6. #16


    Hafnarfjörđur IS
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    Hi there

    Maybe I've mis-understood this thread but I don't think you can install standard Windows on an RT device -- that's why I'm 100% glad that the surface pro 3 is a WINDOWS and NOT an RT device.

    I like many think that RT doesn't have anywhere to go except to an early grave.

    Cheers
    jimbo
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  7. #17


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    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Maybe I've mis-understood this thread but I don't think you can install standard Windows on an RT device -- that's why I'm 100% glad that the surface pro 3 is a WINDOWS and NOT an RT device.

    I like many think that RT doesn't have anywhere to go except to an early grave.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    You are correct, you cannot install Windows 8.x on a device with an ARM based processor architecture. That's what Windows RT is for. Similarly, you can't install Windows RT on a device with an x86/AMD64 processor. The confusion in this thread (the way I read it) was using term Windows 8.1 when it should have been referred to as Windows RT. Some thought the OP was looking for a Windows 8.1 image but they were looking for a Windows RT (8.1 equivalent) image. I'm not even sure I can explain it without it being confusing. There is 8.0 and 8.1 and then there is Windows RT and Windows RT ? What do you call the Windows RT equivalent to 8.1? Anyway, the OP has moved on so we should likely just let this thread fade away.
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  8. #18


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    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
    Hi there

    Maybe I've mis-understood this thread but I don't think you can install standard Windows on an RT device -- that's why I'm 100% glad that the surface pro 3 is a WINDOWS and NOT an RT device.

    I like many think that RT doesn't have anywhere to go except to an early grave.

    Cheers
    jimbo
    You are correct, you cannot install Windows 8.x on a device with an ARM based processor architecture. That's what Windows RT is for. Similarly, you can't install Windows RT on a device with an x86/AMD64 processor. The confusion in this thread (the way I read it) was using term Windows 8.1 when it should have been referred to as Windows RT. Some thought the OP was looking for a Windows 8.1 image but they were looking for a Windows RT (8.1 equivalent) image. I'm not even sure I can explain it without it being confusing. There is 8.0 and 8.1 and then there is Windows RT and Windows RT ? What do you call the Windows RT equivalent to 8.1? Anyway, the OP has moved on so we should likely just let this thread fade away.
    Moved on months ago as this is already marked as solved
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