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This article was published on June 26, 2013

Here’s how to download the Windows 8.1 Preview right now

Here’s how to download the Windows 8.1 Preview right now Image by: Mario Tama
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Josh Horwitz is an intern for TNW based out of Taipei, Taiwan, where he enjoys studying Mandarin, translating forgotten Taiwan independent f Josh Horwitz is an intern for TNW based out of Taipei, Taiwan, where he enjoys studying Mandarin, translating forgotten Taiwan independent films, playing German board games, and rowing on his dragon boat crew team. You can find him on Twitter at @HorwitzJosh, and can email him at [email protected]

Today Microsoft has made Windows 8.1 Preview, the precursor to its long-awaited update of Windows 8, available for download by the public.

How can I get my hands on Windows 8.1 Preview, you might be wondering? Just follow the steps below:

  • Back up all your files on your Tablet and/or PC.
  • Go to the Windows 8.1 Preview page, where you’ll be asked to install a small update that allows Windows 8 to offer Windows 8.1 Preview through the Windows Store.
  • Reboot your PC. You’ll be asked to install Windows 8.1 Preview at login.
  • To proceed with the install, click on “Go to the Store.” You’ll be taken to the Window Store page for Windows 8.1 Preview.
  • Click on “Download.”

Expected changes in Windows 8.1 include a revamped start page and a newly designed Windows Store.

What do you think of the preview edition? Let us know in the comments.

Image Credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images

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