Think before installing Windows 8.1 Preview


Yesterday in BUILD 2013 conference, Microsoft announced the availability of Windows 8.1 Preview which is now available for download as ISO image as well as an update from Windows Store. Windows RT devices have to update it from Windows Store only.

 

But before downloading and installing the latest preview build, you must know the pitfalls about it. In this post I am going to share some points for you. So, think before installing it now.

 

Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview are pre-release versions of Windows 8.1 which is scheduled to release later this year. Windows 8.1 Preview and Windows RT 8.1 Preview are not new operating system but just an update with enhancements in personalization, search, apps, Windows Store and cloud connectivity with the security and reliability features that you expect from Windows.

 

Yesterday in this blog post, I already mentioned the point “Is Windows 8.1 for me?” If you are an experienced professional and like to try out the latest OS and want to do some experiments with it, then go with the installation as an update to your existing Windows 8 or Windows RT installation. Be sure to take a backup of the current installation to a recovery media before proceeding with it.

 

Windows 8.1 Preview is a pre-release software, that means, it is still in the development stage. Though it is a stable build and Microsoft engineers have thoroughly tested it before this first release, but it is still an unfinished product and hence there could be bugs in it. Microsoft will not guarantee you for any loss or damage due to this installation.

 

It’s also important to note that the computers running Windows 8.1 Preview can be updated to the final release of the OS, but this update process will only migrate the data on the device. All desktop applications and metro applications (downloaded from Windows Store) will need to be reinstalled as part of this process. If you're running Windows RT in a tablet, you won't be able to restore Windows RT after you install the Windows RT 8.1 Preview. But once the final version comes up, you'll be able to upgrade to that RTM version of Windows RT 8.1.

 

Here is a table shared by Microsoft, which says about the things that will migrate to the later:

 

Currently installed OS Upgrading to OS What will Migrate as part of the Process?
Windows 8 Windows 8.1 Preview All data, settings, and applications
Windows 8 Windows 8.1 final release All data, settings, and applications
Windows 8.1 Preview Windows 8.1 final release Only data

 

If you don’t want to loose your settings and applications later but want to try out the Windows 8.1 Preview right at this moment, better try it out in a Virtual Machine installed in your local machine or Azure server. If you have the Azure license and MSDN license both, you will easily get a Virtual Machine hosted there with Windows 8.1.

 

In case you want to download the Windows 8.1 Preview, you can get the ISO image from here: Download Windows 8.1 Preview released during BUILD Conference.

 

The free Product Key shared by Microsoft to install Windows 8.1 from an ISO is: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F


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  1. "Microsoft will not guarantee you for any loss or damage due to this installation." ... or any other installation, ever. When was the last time MS guaranteed any Windows user of any version for loss or damage?

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    1. Agree with you. No one guarantees but as this is a pre-release software, something might happen wrong (like: loopholes, crashes etc.)

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  2. True. I have seen people were upgrading to PReview without sensing it is a prerelease software and we have future upgradation limitation once we are on Preview.

    Thanks for putting it together.

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    1. Yes, but as a techie I love doing that. I am going to install it soon and try out the new OS though I know that I have to reformat it again once the RTM comes up.

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  3. I made the leap and upgraded thinking I have everything I need backed up in the cloud or elsewhere anyway. I had a pretty big problem with DropBox though since during the upgrade DropBox seems to have decided that I wanted to delete all my files from DropBox and so it deleted all of them from DropBox in the cloud and all my other machines as well, so - back up your DropBox/SkyDrive/GDrive!

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    1. Ah, that's bad. Sorry to hear that you lost your data of DropBox.

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    2. I upgraded my laptop which has dropbox, skydrive configured, and for me upgrade went seamlessly and I didn't loose any files.

      Probably you mistakenly tried to delete the files from DropBox folder and it immediately sync with server, hence you lost the files from cloud as well. Whatever files you delete from local DropBox folder will be synced and deleted from server as well.

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    3. Yes, the same happened with me too. Once upgraded, I DIDN'T LOOSE anything in my dropbox or skydrive folder. You might have mistakenly removed that folder.

      As I mentioned in the post, you will loose your data when you upgrade to RTM from Preview but in that case also, you will NEVER loose your cloud data, for sure.

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  4. how to activate windows-8.1 preview..

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  5. how to activate windows 8.1 preview .

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    1. The free Product Key shared by Microsoft to install Windows 8.1 from an ISO is: NTTX3-RV7VB-T7X7F-WQYYY-9Y92F

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  6. You must have licensed key .you can use it easily

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  7. I experienced several errors and hassle with installing software under Windows 8.1 - Dropbox for example can't be installed! I hope Microsoft get's crushed soon — they produce malware and get paid for that s**t.

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