Windows 8.1 Preview now available for PCs with language packs installed

Previously Microsoft announced that the Windows 8.1 Preview couldn't be installed on devices with language packs installed due to an unspecified issue, with English (United States) the only officially supported language. Now it appears Microsoft has opened the doors to those users with language packs installed to install the preview through the Windows Store.

Not only did we get a tip from a reader (thanks Ryan), but we also checked on one of our Surface RTs here at Neowin with the English (Australia) language pack installed, and for the first time the Windows 8.1 Preview installer allowed us to download the Preview from the Windows Store. This likely means users in other locations can also download the Preview for the first time through the Store.

If you want to download the Windows 8.1 Preview through the Windows Store, click here for a link to the installer download, or alternatively click here for links to the Windows 8.1 Preview ISO files. If you're running Windows RT on a device such a the Surface RT, your only option is to download through the Windows Store, so now is the first time you'll be able to update your devices if you had a language pack installed.

Update: We're getting mixed reports that some people can now download the Windows 8.1 Preview with a language pack installed, while others can't. Let us know in the comments below if you're having difficulties downloading the update, and perhaps try this workaround if you really desperately want to download the update.

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