Warning: Not all Windows 8 or RT PCs can run Windows 8.1 preview

If you have a new Windows 8 or RT tablet or PC and want to upgrade to the preview version of Windows 8.1, you might not be able to, at least not at the moment. Microsoft has a new blog post that talks about the install process for the preview build of Windows 8.1 that at the same time offers up a list of PCs that can't handle the upgrade at the moment.

The blog post states:

Please note: Some tablets and PCs running newer 32-bit Atom processors require updates to their graphics drivers before they can run the Windows 8.1 Preview. Those tablets and PCs include the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, ASUS VivoTab TF810C, HP Envy X2, HP ElitePad 900, Samsung ATIV Smart PC, and Fujitsu ARROWS Tab. We are working closely with Intel and OEM partners to deliver updated drivers that will allow you to install the Windows 8.1 Preview as soon as possible.

In addition to the above PCs, anyone with a Windows RT tablet or PC that also has installed a language pack are being asked not to download the Windows 8.1 preview. Microsoft did not state the specific problem that has caused this issue but the blog did say that a fix for this bug is in the works.

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i have dell vostro 1015 and installed windows 8 pro, i want to install windwos 8.1 preview, how can i install this....

Australian Surface RT "This update is not applicable to you computer". This is Microsofts own hardware. 100% PATH-E-TECH

Heard that to but seriously where's the big difference. How do they manage to release monthly patches for all Surface tablets but screw the pooch here? And why not some advance "US only" warning that the rest of us would be receiving SFA today rather than saying preview available 26/06? No wonder Mapple and Droid are thrashing them!

So far i'm seeing only one feature i'm currently liking. That is the combination of the libraries and my pc. Not my computer ... well the old my computer but new my computer icon.

Why are ppl so in a hurry to install a.preview? Microsoft had ready stated than when 8.1 is avail ifu have the preview installed you would to wipe the drive and install the os and all your apps again. Do u all enjoy installing Windows?

Seeing that on modern hardware and I use that term loosely as my computer is several years old now... (See my signature). A brand new install of an OS takes roughly 5 minutes and to reinstall all of your games/apps (roughly an hour or two)... Testing bleeding edge software install is no big deal. That is from scratch mind you. In a VM it is not going to take it much longer, maybe less time, if raid or whatever is a factor. This is for enthusiasts or testers not for the people who complain about doing installs or testing. Some of us LIKE this.

If you are running into issues with updating (especially in UK with EN-GB) it is because there is a issue with language packs (fails with Application is not supported by this version error). It's noted on the preview page - fix coming soon. It appears that unless you started OOB with the limited supported languages, you aren't allowed to install just yet.

I'm guessing N-version users are also prohibited from downloading the preview. I tried it on my Desktop PC running Windows 8 Pro N version, but I can't install the update that will make 8.1 available via Windows Store, says update is not applicable.

Updating my Surface. Install from Store on my desktop failed with no real info. Trying from ISO now.

EDIT: Failed again on desktop Not sure what the deal is. It isn't giving me anything to go on.

TsarNikky said,
Another illustration of Microsoft no longer paying attention to detail, and also listening to their customers.

What does Intel being slow with drivers (no surprise there) have to do with microsoft?

eddman said,

Intel not providing drivers in time for 8.1 preview. Yep, totally Microsoft's fault.

http://www.neowin.net/news/som...nt-handle-windows-8-upgrade

Actually it seems that the issue with the file to upgrade the store is not related to drivers only:

http://answers.microsoft.com/e...6e11-4577-9dbe-d1e95440c25a

Anyway I tried the solution offered and it works; the link to W8.1 is now available in my store but I get an error message stating that the W8.1 is not available at the moment; most likely servers overloaded .

TsarNikky said,
Another illustration of Microsoft no longer paying attention to detail, and also listening to their customers.
look atbthe list of pcs. They are all 3rd party. 3rd parties always have to write druvers to support their hardware config. Example...even in cases where boards have ati chips on them, u are suppose to jse retail drivers bec they apply to cards, not just the chips and it will.say on the site to see yoir hardware manufacturer for drivers.

This is never goinv to change. It also makes your point very moot.

From that list it appears to be any windows 8 tablet that makes use of a proper digitiser.

Shame was looking most forward to trying it on my tablet.

Osiris said,
From that list it appears to be any windows 8 tablet that makes use of a proper digitiser.

Shame was looking most forward to trying it on my tablet.

Almost any. The Surface Pro is supported

spudtrooper said,

well crap haha, 32gb version barely has that much room to begin with lol


Yours must be broken, mine came with 21 GB free.

siah1214 said,

Yours must be broken, mine came with 21 GB free.

Today 11GB is definately barely. You can barely store two 720p HD movies on 11gb.

Anyone know where the Surface RT update is I've been checking the Market place for the last 2.5 hours and nothing. Also checked Windows Update just in case.

Not a problem. There's always been multiple vendors and multiple specs - obviously those vendors have yet to provide compatible drivers. How do you think the PC-compatible platform was born?

testman said,
Not a problem. There's always been multiple vendors and multiple specs - obviously those vendors have yet to provide compatible drivers. How do you think the PC-compatible platform was born?

well let's see.. it start with IBM being a bitch about their hardware and licensing so 3rd parties made "IBM PC Compatible" devices to get around the lessening.....

It definitely isn't a problem. Microsoft already releases so many drivers and works with OEMs to create the drivers necessary. This is a 0day release of a beta operating system update. There will be new drivers released soon and OEMs will be churning out newer hardware and drivers down the road too. People just complain because they are bored.

So I went to the link. You cleverly left out:
"If you have one of these tablets or PCs, please revisit this site periodically, as we expect most of them to be supported during the preview."

Why do you troll?