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 & Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a không tính tiền tăng cấp lớn Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its upgrade 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 lớn Windows 10 has several advantages. First, Windows 11 may not tư vấn your hardware if it’s old enough to still be running Windows 8 or Windows 8.1. Windows 10, on the other h&, 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 to lớn figure out an alternative solution.

If you are somehow still stuông chồng on Windows 8.0 and bởi 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 to you by mặc định. If you want to lớn tải về just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can vì chưng so here.

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Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading to lớn Windows 8.1 is both easy and không lấy phí. If you’re using another operating system (Windows 7, Windows XPhường, 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 phí methods listed below. To tải về và install Windows 8.1 for không tính phí, follow the guide below.

How to download Windows 8.1 for free

If you don’t want lớn wait for October 17 or 18, there are two options for downloading Windows 8.1: You can obtain a copy (và 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 trang web (The Pirate Bay, Mega, etc.)

While we’re not going lớn write a guide on how to lớn obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you to lớn 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, and then cliông chồng 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 and download another. (But bởi vì make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDoanh Nghiệp website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

The other easier, and completely legal, option is khổng lồ download the Windows 8.1 Pđánh giá 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 to a real version of Windows 8.1 will require a few more steps (discussed in the next section).

How khổng lồ install Windows 8.1 for free

Once you have the Windows 8.1 ISO on your hard drive sầu, 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 miễn phí hard drive sầu 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-các buổi tiệc nhỏ virtual drive sầu 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 and downloading the free update.

In both these cases, the nâng cấp process should be very smooth, with your apps & settings fully preserved. If you nâng cấp from Windows 8.1 PĐánh Giá, however, you will thảm bại your installed apps, unless you first run a cversion.ini removal utility.

Once you’ve sầu installed Windows 8.1, you should check out our extensive sầu collection of Windows 8.1 tips and tricks, và be sure to lớn kiểm tra our Windows 8.1 nhận xét và 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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