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 và Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a free tăng cấp khổng lồ Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its tăng 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 to 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 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 figure out an alternative sầu solution.

If you are somehow still stuchồng on Windows 8.0 & vày not want khổng lồ go to 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 mặc định. If you want to tải về just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can vày 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 và free. If you’re using another operating system (Windows 7, Windows XPhường., 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 không lấy phí methods listed below. To tải về and install Windows 8.1 for miễn phí, follow the guide below.

How lớn tải về 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 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 download lớn make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDoanh Nghiệp Subscriber Downloads page, và 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 & 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, & completely legal, option is to lớn tải về the Windows 8.1 Pnhận xét 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 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, 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 không tính tiền 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, & then running the installer. If you’re on Windows 7, XP, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need to burn the ISO lớn a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-party virtual drive tool, like Magic ISO.

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

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

Once you’ve sầu installed Windows 8.1, you should kiểm tra out our extensive sầu collection of Windows 8.1 tips and tricks, and be sure to kiểm tra our Windows 8.1 Đánh Giá & 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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