If you are still using Microsoft Windows 8.1, we recommkết thúc 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 không tính phí nâng cấp lớn Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its tăng cấp 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 to Windows 10 has several advantages. First, Windows 11 may not support your hardware if it’s old enough to lớn 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 tư vấn before needing lớn figure out an alternative solution.

If you are somehow still stuck on Windows 8.0 & bởi not want khổng lồ go khổng lồ the hassle of a full OS swap, we recommover running Windows Update immediately & 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 to tải về just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can bởi so here.

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Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading to Windows 8.1 is both easy & miễn phí. If you’re using another operating system (Windows 7, Windows XP, OS X), you can either buy a boxed version ($1trăng tròn for normal, $200 for Windows 8.1 Pro), or opt for one of the miễn phí methods listed below. To download và install Windows 8.1 for không lấy phí, follow the guide below.

How lớn tải về Windows 8.1 for free

If you don’t want to 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 MSDoanh Nghiệp, TechNet, or DreamSpark (student) subscription, or you can tải về a Windows 8.1 RTM ISO from your favorite file-sharing website (The Pirate Bay, Mega, etc.)

While we’re not going to write a guide on how to lớn obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you lớn kiểm tra 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, và 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 and tải về another. (But bởi make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDN website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

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

How to 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 and documents, but it’s not really necessary. You should also ensure that you have plenty of không tính phí hard drive sầu 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, and then running the installer. If you’re on Windows 7, XP, 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-tiệc ngọt virtual drive sầu tool, lượt thích Magic ISO.

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

In both these cases, the tăng cấp process should be very smooth, with your apps & settings fully preserved. If you tăng cấp from Windows 8.1 PReview, 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, and be sure lớn kiểm tra our Windows 8.1 reviews & hands-on impressions khổng lồ 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. Newsletter

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