Windows 8.1 Professional now available on DreamSpark [Update]

Microsoft has now made Windows 8.1 Professional available to DreamSpark users.

Although not yet listed in the Software catalogue, Neowin member CobaltHex tipped us off with the above image, so log in and check to see if it can be downloaded in your region.

This is just one more group that has been given early access ahead of the Oct. 18th general release date following outrage from developers and enthusiasts alike, as well as an internal struggle within Microsoft surrounding the initial staggered release plans.

For those without MSDN, TechNet and Dreamspark access, and you are already running Windows 8, the free 8.1 update will be made available in the Windows Store app from Oct. 18 worldwide, U.S. users will get it a day earlier through the same method.

Alternatively, you will be able to buy the standard or Pro version from that date as a boxed copy costing $119, and $199 respectively at your favorite PC store. Windows 8.1 can also be purchased online at the Windows.com Store, although the digitial downloading pricing has not yet been revealed.

Additionally, all versions of Windows 8.1 will be what Microsoft calls "full version software." This will allow users to run the operating system in a virtual environment, a decision Microsoft made after receiving feedback from Windows 8's release. Another change in Windows 8.1 installation process is the removal of direct upgrades from Windows XP and Vista. While users of Windows 7 will be able to keep their files and folders, users of the prior two Windows versions will need to do a clean install of Windows 8.1.

Update: Apparently this only applies to DreamSpark Premium users. Thanks letmesee for the update!
Update 2: Windows Server 2012 R2 & Datacenter is there too. Thanks @tweettelenarie!

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Heartripper said,

No, the same happens to me (Italy)

So I think we have to wait some days (or even for the release day) to get it..

I checked some universities' Dreamspark stores around the world. For example, at University of Sydney's store, Windows 8.1 Pro can be found at these languages: English, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Turkish. Unfortunately I couldn't found the Greek language..

@Neobond, is there the Greek language on TechNet?

So, basically Microsoft shafts students yet again. Premium? What about Basic? What good is that if you never add anything to it? C'mon Microsoft. Quit screwing your users over.

Dot Matrix said,
So, basically Microsoft shafts students yet again. Premium? What about Basic? What good is that if you never add anything to it? C'mon Microsoft. Quit screwing your users over.

Not really, if you don't have access to premium that's to do with your University. You have a Windows 8 licence anyway so just download the ISO and compare the SHA1 to that on Technet or MSDN.

InsaneNutter said,

Not really, if you don't have access to premium that's to do with your University. You have a Windows 8 licence anyway so just download the ISO and compare the SHA1 to that on Technet or MSDN.

I don't have access to it. It's a free update for Windows 8 users, so why not just release it to Dreamspark students? Microsoft wants to promote development, yet doesn't give out the require tools necessary to develop. Dreamspark Basic is a waste of time.

Dot Matrix said,

I don't have access to it. It's a free update for Windows 8 users, so why not just release it to Dreamspark students? Microsoft wants to promote development, yet doesn't give out the require tools necessary to develop. Dreamspark Basic is a waste of time.

You get Visual Studio, SQL Server and Windows Server 2012 Data Centre Edition. I think that is pretty generous for just having a student email address, especially considering the cost to purchase them.

The Windows Server licence is an SPLA one so you can use it with various dedicated hosting providers such as OVH. I've been extremely grateful for that.

Sure it would be nice to get Windows and Office, however when I was at Uni they gave me Windows and I got Office for about £30, which wasn't a bad deal.

If you're getting a STEM degree then you probably have access to Dreamspark Premium. If not, well then you're probably not going to use it for anything other than free Windows licenses.

mrp04 said,
If you're getting a STEM degree then you probably have access to Dreamspark Premium. If not, well then you're probably not going to use it for anything other than free Windows licenses.

I am enrolled in developer courses, but my college doesn't use Dreamspark. Besides, it wouldn't be too hard for Microsoft to confirm what OS I am using.

Dot Matrix said,

I am enrolled in developer courses, but my college doesn't use Dreamspark. Besides, it wouldn't be too hard for Microsoft to confirm what OS I am using.

If you have a valid 8.0 key just get the 8.1 RTM ISO however you want and use your key. The hashes are available to make sure it hasn't been screwed with.

Noticed this yesterday. Unfortunately the same time they put it up they also updated all student status. I graduated in the spring and it still showed me as eligible until yesterday.

Also not available on IEEE DreamSpark Premium

Thought I might be able to get a few more Windows 8 keys.

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