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If you are still using Microsoft Windows 8.1, we recommover you at least begin considering what OS you will use in the future. It’s mid-2021 and Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a free tăng cấp lớn Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its nâng cấp program five sầu 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 lớn Windows 10 has several advantages. First, Windows 11 may not support your hardware if it’s old enough khổng lồ 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 support before needing lớn figure out an alternative sầu solution.

If you are somehow still stuông chồng on Windows 8.0 và vì not want khổng lồ go to lớn the hassle of a full OS swap, we recommover running Windows Update immediately and 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 lớn download just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can vì so here.

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Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading khổng lồ Windows 8.1 is both easy & không tính phí. If you’re using another operating system (Windows 7, Windows XP, OS X), you can either buy a boxed version ($1đôi mươi for normal, $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro), or opt for one of the không tính tiền methods listed below. To tải về và install Windows 8.1 for không tính phí, follow the guide below.

How khổng lồ tải về 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 MSDoanh Nghiệp, TechNet, or DreamSpark (student) subscription, or you can download a Windows 8.1 RTM ISO from your favorite file-sharing trang web (The Pirate Bay, Mega, etc.)

While we’re not going to write a guide on how khổng lồ obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you khổng lồ check the SHA-1 hash of the ISO that you tải về lớn make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDoanh Nghiệp Subscriber Downloads page, & then click Details under the version that you’ve sầu 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 và download another. (But vì chưng make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDoanh Nghiệp website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

The other easier, & completely legal, option is khổng lồ download the Windows 8.1 Preview from Microsoft. It’s not as snappy as the final (RTM/GA) build, though, and has quite a few bugs/missing features. Bear in mind that if you go down this road, upgrading khổng lồ a real version of Windows 8.1 will require a few more steps (discussed in the next section).

How to 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 and 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 & 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, XPhường, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need lớn burn the ISO to lớn a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-buổi tiệc ngọt virtual drive tool, lượt thích Magic ISO.

If you already have sầu Windows 8, and you waited for the official release date, installing Windows 8.1 is as simple as visiting the Windows Store and downloading the không lấy phí update.

In both these cases, the upgrade process should be very smooth, with your apps và settings fully preserved. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 Pnhận xét, however, you will thua thảm your installed apps, unless you first run a cversion.ini removal utility.

Once you’ve installed Windows 8.1, you should check out our extensive collection of Windows 8.1 tips và tricks, và be sure lớn check our Windows 8.1 Đánh Giá 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.

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