How to download and install windows 8

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-20trăng tròn and Win 8.1 will shuffle off the mortal coil in January 2023. You can still qualify for a free upgrade to Windows 10 if you own a valid Windows 8.1 license, despite the fact that Microsoft formally ended its nâng 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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If you are somehow still stuông chồng on Windows 8.0 & bởi vì not want to go to lớn 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 lớn you by mặc định. If you want khổng lồ tải về 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 & 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 tính phí methods listed below. To tải về & install Windows 8.1 for không tính phí, follow the guide below.

How khổng lồ 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 (and 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 obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you lớn check the SHA-1 hash of the ISO that you tải về to lớn make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDN Subscriber Downloads page, và then cliông chồng Details under the version that you’ve 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 MSDN website; your ISO might be mislabeled).

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

How lớn 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 sầu plenty of không tính phí hard drive 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 to a USB thumb drive or DVD, or mount the ISO using a third-buổi tiệc ngọt 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 and downloading the không tính phí update.

In both these cases, the nâng cấp process should be very smooth, with your apps and settings fully preserved. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 Previews, however, you will chiến bại 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 & tricks, & be sure lớn kiểm tra our Windows 8.1 review & hands-on impressions 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. Newsletter

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