Download Windows 8.1 RTM free from Microsoft

Last Updated on Friday, 18 October 2013 12:08 Written by admin Friday, 18 October 2013 12:08

Windows 8.1 has hit General Availability and the RTM bits are available for download free of charge, provided that you’re already running Windows 8.

“Here’s how to update to Windows 8.1 depending on the version of Windows you’re currently running:


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Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 go gold, but no bits for you

Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:36 Written by admin Tuesday, 27 August 2013 12:36

You can’t have your Windows8.1 RTM cookie and eat it too. Or you can, but you need to be a hardware manufacturer. The gold versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 have shipped to Microsoft’s hardware partners to be pre-installed on devices shipping ahead of the holiday season. Some wonderful timing, after all, what are you going to buy this Christmas? Another iPad? Why not try a Surface for a change?

If you’re an end user, you won’t get the final bits of Windows 8.1 until October 17. In fact, despite the fact that Windows 8.1 was release to manufacturing, the Redmond company won’t share the RTM version even with developers. From Microsoft:


That means our hardware partners are now preparing their devices for the holiday buying season, beginning with the general availability of Windows 8.1 starting at 12:00 A.M. on October 18 in New Zealand (4:00 P.M. October 17 in Redmond). We expect many new devices, varying in size, price and form factors. Current Windows 8 customers will be able to update to Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store for free and enjoy all the new features and benefits.

Getting your apps ready today

You can begin publishing apps built for Windows 8.1 starting on the day of General Availability. You can already get started building apps today with Visual Studio 2013 Preview and Windows 8.1 Preview. The Windows Dev Center is your main reference for building apps, and it’s also where you’ll find essential downloads to get started with your project.

  • If you’re building a Windows Store app today, or you already have an app in the Store, and want to update your app to Windows 8.1, here’s what you need to know. You can use Visual Studio 2013 to retarget your app package for Windows 8.1, and you may also want to take advantage of some of the new features available in Windows 8.1 like flexible window layout views, new controls, and improved in-app search.
  • If you already have an iOS app and you’re thinking about building for Windows 8.1, we recommend you visit our resources for iOS developers.
  • If you’re just starting to learn about Windows Store apps, we have a great overview on the Windows Dev Center and more specific information in our Getting Started area.

As we approach the general availability of Windows 8.1 and of Visual Studio 2013, we’ll provide guidance on this blog and in the Windows Dev Center on how to make sure your app is ready for publishing to the Windows Store in 8.1.

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Windows 8 Has Gone Gold, Reportedly, RTM Build 9200

Last Updated on Wednesday, 1 August 2012 12:00 Written by admin Wednesday, 1 August 2012 12:00

      Windows 8 has already gone gold, according to one report. 9200.16384.win8_rtm.120725-1247 is the RTM (release to manufacturing) Build of Windows 8, signed off on July 25th, 2012.   If you think about it, Windows 7 also RTM’d around the same date three years ago, so it makes perfect sense that the Redmond company has already wrapped up the next iteration of the Windows platform.   And as tradition goes, MSDN and TechNet subscribers should brace for impact, because Windows 8 RTM is coming their way soon. How soon, well, Windows 8 RTM downloads should get green light from Microsoft sometime this week. Of course, only those customers with paid MSDN and TechNet subscriptions will be able to grab the Windows 8 RTM bits, at least at this point in time.   Microsoft has yet to officially announce the RTM of Windows 8, but I take it that it won’t be long now. As already announced, Windows 8 general availability is slated for October 26th, 2012.  

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