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Will Windows 8 owners get Windows 8.1 for free?

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July 3, 2013 9:28:10 PM

So i just bought the full version of W8 for my new build and i just heard that W8.1 will be released soon. So did i just waste my money or will i be able to get the update for free?
P.S. will it be hard to upgrade? will it mess anything up if i just upgrade it over Windows 8. ive never upgraded windows and im jumping from Windows XP to Windows 8
July 3, 2013 9:30:42 PM

It will be a free, automatic download for all windows 8 users.
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July 3, 2013 9:32:54 PM

jimthenagual said:
It will be a free, automatic download for all windows 8 users.


Thanks, ive heard that the 8.1 preview update will most likely wipe your current OS and delete the current files, so i wont be downloading it any time soon until the full version is released and i install it onto a new hard drive.
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July 3, 2013 9:35:06 PM

Yeah, I wouldn't recommend the preview update to everyone. I did have it to check it out, and had some issues pop up (headphone drivers not working for example), so reverted back to windows 8.
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July 3, 2013 10:05:58 PM

There will be an upgrade option to 8.1 more closely related to a service pack for previous versions of Windows AFAIK. You can also wipe the system out and do a fresh install of 8.1 if you choose, but unless you have a good reason for installing the preview of 8.1, I would wait until it reaches RTM and everyone can get it.
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July 3, 2013 11:34:26 PM

To find articles on Tom's Hardware about Windows 8 just click the Windows 8 link on the Tags: column. In there will be all sorts of information including an article detailing how the Windows 8.1 upgrade will work. Here is a link to that article: http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Windows-8.1-Windows-RT...

Basically Windows 8.1 will be a free update and should release this fall. Should you chose to install the Windows 8.1 preview now there are some concerns about moving to the Released version later. Keep in mind however that MS did change their story when it came time to upgrade from Preview Windows 8 to release Windows 8. You couldn't keep your program but it would keep your files.
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July 4, 2013 12:17:04 PM

Luckily the 8.1 upgrade did not impact any of my applications... but there were other impacts... I think I'll start a thread about that.
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October 3, 2013 7:38:34 AM

Vicki Phillips said:


how and when will we know the 8.1 download is available ? Is it doing alright in beta? I love windows 8 , I cant wait to play with 8.1.


8.1 is slated for public release on October 18th in the US.
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October 3, 2013 8:21:47 AM

Windows 8.1 will be made available via the Windows Store on October 18th for free to users of Windows 8 as Tseg mentioned.

You can keep an eye on the status of Windows 8.1 by watching the Blogging Windows blog here on Windows Blogs. Windows 8.1 was Released To Manufacturers (RTM) on the 27th of August and the release date for General Availability (GA) of October 18th was confirmed. The RTM bits were made available to TechNet and MSDN subscribers on the 9th of September, and the pricing and packaging details were made available on the 17th of September in the blog post Pricing and Packaging for Windows 8.1.
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