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

If you are somehow still stuck on Windows 8.0 và vị not want to lớn go to lớn 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 to lớn you by mặc định. If you want khổng lồ download just the Windows 8.1 update files, you can bởi vì so here.

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Windows 8.1 has been released. If you’re using Windows 8, upgrading lớn Windows 8.1 is both easy và không tính tiền. 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 miễn phí, follow the guide below.

How to lớn tải về Windows 8.1 for free

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If you don’t want to 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 MSDoanh Nghiệp, 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 to write a guide on how lớn obtain Windows 8.1 RTM from non-official sources, we will at least tell you khổng lồ kiểm tra the SHA-1 hash of the ISO that you download to lớn make sure that it’s legitimate. If you hit up the MSDoanh Nghiệp Subscriber Downloads page, & 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 download another. (But vày make sure that you’re checking the right SHA-1 hash on the MSDN website; your ISO might be mislabeled).


The other easier, và completely legal, option is khổng lồ tải về the Windows 8.1 PReviews 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 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 sầu 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 sầu plenty of free hard drive sầu space (20GB+).

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, XPhường, or (bless your soul) Vista, you’ll need khổng lồ burn the ISO khổng lồ 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, & you waited for the official release date, installing Windows 8.1 is as simple as visiting the Windows Store & downloading the miễn phí update.

In both these cases, the upgrade process should be very smooth, with your apps and settings fully preserved. If you upgrade from Windows 8.1 PĐánh Giá, however, you will chiến 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 collection of Windows 8.1 tips and tricks, and be sure to lớn kiểm tra our Windows 8.1 Review & 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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