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How to Correctly Install Windows 8.1 Preview

  1. #11


    I'm ready for a fresh install ! Will be dual-booting along with Windows 8 until the RTM comes out !

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  2. #12


    Posts : 154
    Windows 8.1 Professional 64-bit


    Meh, might as well "upgrade". Aka apply a much needed update... I must admit, I'm curious about the changes.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 203
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    The preview is still considered a beta so maybe an upgrade/update option to your main OS might not be the best idea.

    I'm going to installing the preview on a separate SSD come tomorrow for preview/testing purposes to see if I'm going to keep it and upgrade from my current main OS Windows 7.
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  4. #14


    The preview is still considered a beta so maybe an upgrade/update option to your main OS might not be the best idea.


    I'm going to upgrade my main OS only when RTM comes out ! Maybe I install Windows 8 on a VM just to see how the upgrade operation behaves.
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  5. #15


    It's coming !

    Windows 8.1 Preview



    ~edit~

    The Server flavor is out !

    Get now: http://care.dlservice.microsoft.com/..._EN-US_DV5.ISO

    Size: 3.84GB
    SHA1: DF8396B8EA3EB74E0D678E098D050CB51D2FCC36

    Getting now !

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  6. #16


    South Coast NSW, Australia
    Posts : 615
    Windows 8.1 'Ultimate' RTM 64 bit (Pro/WMC).


    Quote Originally Posted by Nemix View Post
    The preview is still considered a beta so maybe an upgrade/update option to your main OS might not be the best idea.

    I'm going to installing the preview on a separate SSD come tomorrow for preview/testing purposes to see if I'm going to keep it and upgrade from my current main OS Windows 7.
    I'm just going to bung it on over W8.

    But, I'll be taking an image of my current setup first.

    That way, I can go back if I don't like it.

    If I do like it, I'll then have the option of either a backup over 8 or a fresh install when the 'final' is released.


    Wenda.
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  7. #17


    you have posted a real help in form of the suggestions about how to go right with the installation of the latest arrived OS .. though many are intended to replace its predecessor win 8 coz being fed up with the blunt performance coming out of it
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  8. #18


    Orbiting the Moon
    Posts : 2,975
    Windows 10 x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Hopachi View Post
    Anyone some clarification please:
    Keep in mind that, if you decide to install Windows 8.1 Preview from a dedicated ISO, you’ll need to input a product key, which is the one you got when you purchased Windows 8. Updating from the Store doesn’t require a key.
    So that means the same key that our 8.0 has still applies here? Not like the previous previews... It's the first time I see this or 8.1 can also be called a service pack then.
    Also, So what happens if you have an embedded key? I don't have a COA sticker as Windows 8 was preinstalled on my ASUS laptop.
    Exactly the situation here. Good question.
    I'll give it a try anyway, and in that case we'll see.
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  9. #19


    india
    Posts : 101
    Windows 8 pro with WMC x86 & windows Blue preview x86 with Windows 7 Ultimate SP1


    ok..... what if i wanted to get back to just windows 8.0 ..? help please I'm gonna uninstall it after a use & will wait for a full release
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  10. #20


    Posts : 22,565
    64-bit Windows 10


    Quote Originally Posted by salim96 View Post
    ok..... what if i wanted to get back to just windows 8.0 ..? help please I'm gonna uninstall it after a use & will wait for a full release
    Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ - Microsoft Windows


    Can I uninstall Windows 8.1 Preview?

    Uninstalling the preview isn't supported. However, it may be possible to restore your entire system to its factory condition.

    If your PC came with Windows 8 you may be able to restore it back to Windows 8 by using PC refresh. Your personal files won't be affected, but apps that did not come with the PC will need to be reinstalled and apps that you installed while using the preview may not be available through the Windows 8 Store.

    If you're running Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7, you can't uninstall the preview. To go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it from the recovery or installation media that came with your PC (typically DVD media). If you don't have recovery media you might be able to create it before you update from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer's website for more info. After you install Windows 8.1 Preview you won't be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

    Warning

    • If you're currently using Windows RT, you won't be able to uninstall Windows RT 8.1 Preview. You'll be able to upgrade to the final edition of Windows RT 8.1 when it becomes available.


    If you're running Windows 8 and you install the preview using the ISO, you won't be able to uninstall it. You'll need to reinstall Windows 8 using recovery or installation media that came with your PC. If you don't have recovery media, you might be able to create a USB recovery drive. For more info, see Create a USB recovery drive.
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