Windows 8.1 available to download now

The promised launch of Windows 8.1 is upon us. Microsoft should be turning on their servers right now to allow PC users worldwide that have Windows 8 installed to download the free update to its latest OS with tons of new features and improvements. You can check out our own assessment of Windows 8.1 in our review that we posted on Wednesday.

Some users are also reporting that the "GA Rollup A" update -which leaked almost a week ago for the x64 version of 8.1- is also now available via Windows Update, so it's likely this is also now being released along with the Core App updates and Windows Store update of 8.1 for Windows 8.

If you do not have Windows 8 installed on your PC (and there's a good chance you don't), you can still update to Windows 8.1 for a fee. Windows XP, Vista, and 7 owners can go to the Windows.com website and download either the Windows 8.1 update for $119.99 or Windows 8.1 Pro for $199.99. However, as we have mentioned before, there is a little workaround that should save people with older Windows operating systems some money if they want to put in some extra effort.

Starting on Friday, retailers will begin to sell DVD disc copies of the Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 Pro upgrades for people who want to install the OS the old fashioned way. Microsoft will also sell the Windows 8.1 Pro Pack, which is made to upgrade a PC that has the standard Windows 8.1 to the Pro version, for $99.99.

Finally, if you are still stuck on the Windows 8.1 Preview version, you should also be able to update to the GA version, which of course remains an evaluation copy so long as you haven't purchased or upgraded from Windows 8.

Make sure to read our review of Windows 8.1 too, here.

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still not available to me for surface RT, it worked last night on my pc windows pro, I have tried all the tricks on this post to no avail, its driving me nuts, I did not download the review, so its still pure, anyone else in the UK having this problem. Is it a location problem for RT or a system issue.

tairiddell said,
still not available to me for surface RT, it worked last night on my pc windows pro, I have tried all the tricks on this post to no avail, its driving me nuts, I did not download the preview, so its still pure, anyone else in the UK having this problem. Is it a location problem for RT or a system issue.

Not seeing it in the store on one of my Win 8 Pro laptops. Tried the wsreset.exe trick and it didn't work. Not sure what else to try.

On further investigation of my problem above, it seems my problem is:

"You can't install Windows 8.1 because your processor doesn't support CompareExchange128."

Not a fan of the new music app. Video ads in a music player? When I have the app minimized playing music the video ads stop everything and you have to watch it to continue playing music unlike the regular non-video ads that can play when the app is minimized.

So apparently, if you Windows Update are NOT up to date, it won't show. I did my windows update and after them, Windows 8.1 showed up in the store.

All I'm getting is "Your Windows 8.1 installation couldn't be completed - Something happened and the installation of Windows 8.1 can't be completed"

Real helpful.
I've tried restarting, other apps and updates work fine.

I'm really tempted to slipstream and reinstall, is this possible (I have x64)? Rather than just update. I ordered the original DVD when the offer was on Windows 8.0 pro earlier in the year.

, well I'm not a sysadmin but I know a lot of sysadmins do slipstream. It just feels like my windows needs a reinstall anyway and this would be a good time to slipstream. I remember a few years ago slipstreaming service packs to Windows, it was always a good thing to do. I realise this is an update but it be nice if it was possible.

Maaaan.Surface RT stuck at "setting up a few more things 85%" for more than 40mins so far

8.1 Pro unit upgraded like a champ.. This one though...

here is the message i'm getting right now when i try opening Store again:

Store
We weren't able to connect to the Store. This might have happened because of a server problem or the network connection timed out. Please wait a few minutes and try again.

i started the update at around 9pm, Philippine time, now it just stopped at 1am and having error 0x8024402c, could not connect to the Store :-(

So there's a Windows 8.1 upgrade today, and Ubuntu 13.10 upgrade. All of my computers are busy, and yet I'm not getting anything accomplished. This is what I call a good day at work

why why why??? 3GB for an update thats bogus? also we cant download a ISO for a clean install instead they are trying to force everybody to update thru the store...

Damn I want the ISO file.
Official word from MS:
We're not releasing the ISO images to folks who don't have MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. Best way for everyone else is to update through the Windows Store.

Please post x86 and x64 update images ASAP. It would help I have quite a few units to do at a small mom & pop shop and I would rather not have to download for every single unit.

S&$%hTTT ... Still many problems ...

I get major problems in WIFI - Advanced n-6235, and MyScreen is Set to 125%, also IE11 has 125% as default zoom level , even forcing in display properties to 100% dpi has no effect i get the 100% Windows 8 look , but IE 11 refuses to se default to 100%.

I haven't had many problems but I did an upgrade. Sooner or later I'll end up doing a clean install but for the most part my only issues are IE, both desktop and modern and spotty in general, and the Intel 7260ac wireless had to roll back to older driver but that's Intel. I've had to roll back there last 4 driver updates. Lose connection randomly and every 5 seconds or so streaming. Rolling back to previous good driver I've saved fixes problem. Intel's ProSet wifi drivers are pure garbage. They simply don't know what they're doing.

Crap! Update leaves my VivoTab black when it supposed to show TOS... Anyone?!?

Been waiting on this update forever it feels like...

Edited by euphoria.pw, Oct 17 2013, 3:27pm :

I find it ironic that i can already see Win 8.1 apps in the store but I can't see Win 8.1.... Oh microsoft you always amaze me...

plur44 said,
I find it ironic that i can already see Win 8.1 apps in the store but I can't see Win 8.1.... Oh microsoft you always amaze me...

Same for me... anyways, hopefully it's up by tonight.

It could be they're throttling the rollout. The one I did early took 15 minutes to download. The later one took hours. That later one was also at work with low priority access to out Internet bandwidth, so I don't know if that's them or us.

Didn't work.

Got most of the way through the install or so it appeared, then just hung on a black screen with the circular loading animation frozen. Stayed like this for about 20 minutes. Gave up. Reset the PC and it rolled back and put up an error message saying it was unable to install 8.1

0xC19001010 0X40019 was the code. Seems rather generic by the looks of it.

ROFLCOPTERS said,
Didn't work.

Got most of the way through the install or so it appeared, then just hung on a black screen with the circular loading animation frozen. Stayed like this for about 20 minutes. Gave up. Reset the PC and it rolled back and put up an error message saying it was unable to install 8.1

0xC19001010 0X40019 was the code. Seems rather generic by the looks of it.

Had another go. Left it for a lot longer this time. Same problem. Won't take the update. Guess I'll have to sit on 8 rather than 8.1 for the moment.

Trying to find some logs but they don't appear to have anything useful in them.

Am up and running with 8.1. Upgraded from 8.0. The only difference that amounts to a hill of beans is the ability to right click on the start button (big deal) and choose to sleep or shutdown. Nothing MS has done will affect anything in the way that I use my computer.

The only glitch I encountered upgrading was an initial login failure because I had the option to require a password on startup turned off.

I just want some form of offline installer. Got >3 machines to update and would hate to waste a crapload of time/bandwidth.

I'm wondering the same thing. I have 4 PCs to update, so it seems rather dumb to have to download the same stuff over and over again. Anyone know where the update files are stored when you download the update from the Windows Store?

Doesn't seem to work for me, gonna try after work, but i'm wondering is this because i used a dreamspark key to get WIn 8 pro?

Its also available in India, Downloading now, 12 % completed.

& i have to say, this is very big update, & with low internet speed of mine it will take about 14 hours to complete.

Thankfully my internet connection is so slow that I can't notice any slowdown of the server Wahahaha (evil laugh with depressed face)

when the computer rebooted, and went into the questionnaire, once it was done and said it was setting it up for use, the screen went black and stayed that way. tried rebooting and it just comes up to a black screen.,

Hmm maybe:

Release Date: 9/17/2013
ISO: en_windows_8_1_pro_vl_x64_dvd_2791292.iso
Size: 3620 MB
SHA: D6E5CDB914F5D795B22EC5FD07B31CA9C8964139

Release Date: 10/17/2013
ISO: en_windows_8_1_pro_vl_x64_dvd_2971948.iso
Size: 3674 MB
SHA: CFCDF895679A5116F7F1C6406C20F99A1F850E49

Different ones there.

rats...store won't open using built-in admin account. oh, well. i wait for iso version or when it shows up in windows update.

61.3Mbps here downloading which is the max of my Ultra 50 connection at work. We usually get a little "fluff" so this is maxing it out!

(my work PC crashed last year so I installed Windows 8 on the new HDD instead of Windows 7 to "test it out" ).

Seems to be downloading fast enough here. Looks like it's close to topping out my connection (3MB/s). Well played Microsoft

I went to the Windows Store and clicked on Download. Where do I see the progress? I went back to the Windows Store and I still had the Download button (and I clicked it again).

Got the "Browser Choice" update again!..............Cheers EU

First impressions are......................not much has changed really, fair enough you can tart a few things up here and there and there`s a little symbol bottom left. Oh there`s some big annoying arrows in boxes that keep appearing but i`m sure they`ll go away.
Nowt special!

Brandon LeBlanc: "It is only free if you update your device already running Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 via the Windows Store. You can BUY a copy of Windows 8.1 and do a clean install that way. We're NOT releasing the ISO images to folks who DON' HAVE MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. Best way for EVERYONE ELSE is to update through the Windows Store. "

!!!

My home PC is already on 8.1, however, I was waiting for the worldwide release before upgrading my office laptop. Didn't think that the Enterprise version won't get the update along with the others.

Will the enterprise version get the update via store at a later date or will it not get the update via store at all and I will have to wait for my company IT to roll it out?

According to a tweet by @JaredOnTech and confirmed by Ed Bott, you have to upgrade via the ISO.

No Windows Store for you.

Done and dusted, all installed and most seems to working fine. As above if you have an AV installed make sure it`s working...

79% "Setting up a few more things" is a long one

Worked perfectly for me, if you discount destroying my antivirus.

Setting up a few more things...
Taking care of a few things...

I'm not seeing the updates to Core (Metro) Apps yet, but I had three (3) updates in Windows Update totaling 237.4 MB as follows:

1) Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 General Availability Update Rollup (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2883200) (2xx MB) -- This would be the "GA Rollup A".

2) Windows 8.1 and Windows Server 2012 R2 update rollup: October 2013 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2884846)

3) Runtimebroker.exe process crashes in Windows 8.1 (http://support.microsoft.com/kb/2895219)

I just hope that this update does not break wifi connectivity like before, i am really crossing fingers for Microsoft to have corrected this bug...

I had all kind of problems with WIFI before but my WIFI has been super stable this morning since upgrading my laptop to 8.1 (intel wifi 5100 AGN)

68k said,
Sorry Microsoft, not interested. You didn't listen to my feedback.

Then don't let the door hit you on the way out? Sorry, but they have other things going on than to listen to a vocal minority. They caved somewhat, but they have a clear path ahead that they want to take. They're looking pong term, where the old desktop is deprecated, and new user interactions are mainstream.

68k said,
Sorry Microsoft, not interested. You didn't listen to my feedback.

Also, I'm kinda curious as to why Microsoft should put your feedback in front of all the other feedback they've received?

Hello,

68k said,
Sorry Microsoft, not interested. You didn't listen to my feedback.

This will, sooner or later, turn into a mandatory update.

Dot Matrix said,

Then don't let the door hit you on the way out? Sorry, but they have other things going on than to listen to a vocal minority. They caved somewhat, but they have a clear path ahead that they want to take. They're looking pong term, where the old desktop is deprecated, and new user interactions are mainstream.

Okay, so I'm guessing we'll see AutoCAD Metro in a few years (replacing the desktop version) - I don't think so. For most home users, yes, tablets are a suitable desktop replacement. But for people like me who actually want to get serious work done on a PC (and use the Win 7 Start menu often and have over 10 windows open at a time), a tablet just won't suit my needs, nor do I find it worth upgrading to Windows 8 (unless it could make me an extra $50k a year! I don't think so).

68k said,
Okay, so I'm guessing we'll see AutoCAD Metro in a few years (replacing the desktop version) - I don't think so. For most home users, yes, tablets are a suitable desktop replacement. But for people like me who actually want to get serious work done on a PC (and use the Win 7 Start menu often and have over 10 windows open at a time), a tablet just won't suit my needs, nor do I find it worth upgrading to Windows 8 (unless it could make me an extra $50k a year! I don't think so).

It's not out of the realm of possibility. I can see where it would be great to use on a Kinect powered PC. You're truly missing out on a great OS.

Looks like using the Windows 8 Upgrade Assistant to create ISO/USB installation media still downloads 8 rather than 8.1. Is the ISO available for download from Microsoft yet?

In Italy it doesn't seem to work in any way. When I go through the website i can see the update in the store but when I tap on the download button it waits a bit and then i get an error saying that the upgrade to Windows 8.1 preview couldn't be completed. And that sounds really strange because this is not the preview... My system is a Dell XPS 10 tablet with Windows RT 8.1 Preview installed

No direct download links, only in store? Would rather download such a large update on campus than at home ...

Also, if I bought a digital copy of Windows 8 - will I be able to download the Windows 8.1 ISO for future use?

Okay some of my friends here in sweden can download it from the store at the moment. but me and some few others cant do it. Because its not in the store for us yet.

Seems very random

Fredrik Wallentin said,
Okay some of my friends here in sweden can download it from the store at the moment. but me and some few others cant do it. Because its not in the store for us yet.

Seems very random

Run wsreset.exe and try reopening the store.

Gasoau said,
Still not showing for me =-(

Run wsreset.exe and re-open the store. That command should be added to the article since the store doesn't refresh even if you keep reopening it.

What a hoot! 8.1 magically appeared on the store at 0404 PST in West Coast Canada. Now downloading! Even knew I already had win 8 with media center! Intuitive!

Blueclub said,
And its super slow

Maybe it's me, but it has ALWAYS felt like downloads from the Store take twice as long as a download anywhere else...

Want! Unfortunately I'm at an airport waiting to fly home, and by home I mean to the office to work the rest of the day so I've got a while to wait before I get it...

SHoTTa35 said,
Free upgrade for Windows 8.0 users, no it's not a "Preview".

Thanks for info. I will download later when I wake up soon. ZZzzzzz....

I would love to hear about the process to update a surface RT :
- from 8 rtm to 8.1 rtm (how dumbproof is it ?)
- from 8.1 preview to 8.1 rtm

Thanks

It should be the same as Win 8.1...

I just downloaded 8.1 from the Store. Then installation begins, then you go through a few simple setup screens and it's done. Kept all my PC settings, drivers, files, desktop programs and apps. Flawless upgrade.

dopydope said,
I would love to hear about the process to update a surface RT :
- from 8 rtm to 8.1 rtm (how dumbproof is it ?)
- from 8.1 preview to 8.1 rtm

Thanks

Upgrade paths are usually not supported from / to rtm releases... So, some data may be lost.

yep am expecting that just curious about the process as i will have to do that this weekend, the more i know upfront the less time i waste this weekend

So far i'm assuming i will have to reset the surface RT to factory, which will bring it back to 8 rtm, then do the regular update.

8.1 RT Preview -> 8.1 RTM:
had to install a few Windows updates and do two reboots.
After that, the update popped-up in the store and installed the update. While installing, I was informed that I had to reinstall my apps (as per requirement for installing 8.1 preview..)

After a reboot, continued with a guide to go through setting up Windows 8.1

NoClipMode said,
It should be the same as Win 8.1...

I just downloaded 8.1 from the Store. Then installation begins, then you go through a few simple setup screens and it's done. Kept all my PC settings, drivers, files, desktop programs and apps. Flawless upgrade.

Thnks. How does it show in the store ? is it obvious to find ?
(am asking as i will have to upgrade a few family devices, remotely like over the phone/skype, but all my devices are already on 8.1 installed from MSDN so i cant try the process by myself beforehands)

Kenman said,
8.1 RT Preview -> 8.1 RTM:
had to install a few Windows updates and do two reboots.
After that, the update popped-up in the store and installed the update. While installing, I was informed that I had to reinstall my apps (as per requirement for installing 8.1 preview..)

After a reboot, continued with a guide to go through setting up Windows 8.1

Sweet. thanks.

It shows up, as a major box in the store, furthest to the left. You simply cannot miss it!
You might however, either need to wait a few days or do the "clear store cache" trick

I was running the 8.1 preview on my dev machine and updated to 8.1 RTM and it deleted ALL of my software - files were intact though. It warned me I would need to reinstall my "Apps" but I took that to mean my Windows Store Applications but no it is a clean install pretty much.

Todays top tip: don't install unless you have time to reinstall the rest of your software.

Hello,

Fredrik Wallentin said,
No update in my Windows Store yet!

Live in EU(Sweden)


Many report this:

Close store
Win+R
wsreset.exe
Open store

Ezekiel Carsella said,
WANT TO GET IT but will it keep all my apps? and will stuff like FireFox still have their info? The update guide isn't working :'(

My understanding is yes. It should handle itself no different than a SP...

Installed it and everything is intact.
Chrome is fine, Start screen remains the same as configured, Win+X menu has new items plus the ones I added via the editor before 8.1.
Everything is pretty much left intact.

Except UXstyle, it doesn't seem to be working.
But theres a new version available.

The Sydney Morning Herald writes,
Simply go to the Windows Store app to find it. It may take a few hours for updates to reach everyone.

Vinylchan said,
Open Run >
wsreset.exe

Worked a treat

Thanks! Clearing the store cache worked, now the update shows.

What? A 3.4GB update? Don't tell me it's the same upgrade process of the ISO...

francescob said,

Thanks! Clearing the store cache worked, now the update shows.

What? A 3.4GB update? Don't tell me it's the same upgrade process of the ISO...

Yeah, I knew it was going to be big, but I'm still surprised by the size... LOL Oh well, I'll just have to wait until the end of the day to install it I guess...

It works from run box, and it would here also if it were a clickable link.
I am sure the news poster could create a link of that if they wanted.

francescob said,
ms-windows-store:WindowsUpgrade?ocid=GA8-1_O_WOL_Hero_Buy_81Update_Null_01 does this work?

That works on my Surface RT, waiting till I get home to install it currently my WiFi is crappy and the download is 2.11 GB
just paste the link into IE

.