PSA: Windows 8.1 Public Preview expires Wednesday

Microsoft released the free public preview version of Windows 8.1 in late June 2013, but Wednesday anyone who still has that build of the OS installed on their PCs needs to upgrade to the final shipping build, or they will have some issues with running their computer afterwards.

As we have previously reported, the Public Preview will expire on January 15th. In a post on Microsoft's support page, it states that if the preview version is not uninstalled after that date, "you'll see the following notification every time you sign in. After January 15, 2014, your PC will also restart every 2 hours and you will lose any unsaved data."

People who got the preview build of Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store can simply download and install the final version from the storefront for free. If the preview version was installed via booting from ISO media, users can still download the final version from the Windows Store but they still need to purchase a license and product key in order to activate it. The support page also offers help to users who might have installed the preview build on a PC that previously had Windows 7, Vista, or XP.

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8.1 the best thing that happened to my laptop. With Windows 8 pre-installed at purchase on my ASUS laptop unexplained reboots, crashes and other behaviour, no matter how many re-installs. Had laptop once replaced because of this through warranty but same problem. Even tried to install Windows 7 but had problems because of the BIOS and partition type. 8.1 preview came out and much of the problems disappeared, and after final 8.1 install laptop is smoother than it has ever been.
I guess a bit of irrelevant information but there you go

Upgrading the Windows 8.1 Preview to the final version of Windows 8.1, requires a reinstall of all of the user's applications. It was not a fun experience when I had to do this, but.... We knew going into the 8.1 Preview that we'd have to.

Free, sure. But tedious.

I had to reinstall Win 8.1 since I borked my hard drive partitions... but it was surprisingly painless and it didn't even cleaned up my boot menu! (oh the little things)

PUC_Snakeman said,
Upgrading the Windows 8.1 Preview to the final version of Windows 8.1, requires a reinstall of all of the user's applications. It was not a fun experience when I had to do this, but.... We knew going into the 8.1 Preview that we'd have to.

Free, sure. But tedious.

If you install a Windows preview, it is assumed you know that. It has always been like that. However, I wouldn't mind of Microsoft would change that with Windows 9.

Nas said,
I had to reinstall Win 8.1 since I borked my hard drive partitions... but it was surprisingly painless and it even cleaned up my boot menu! (oh the little things)

I meant to say "it even" and not "it didn't even". my bad.

Anyone who has this preview and own Windows 8, should be shame yourself. The upgrade is free, what you waiting for? lol

macoman said,
Anyone who has this preview and own Windows 8, should be shame yourself. The upgrade is free, what you waiting for? lol

You right that why I trash both 8 and 8.1 of them off my laptop drive and order up a copy of Windows 7