Now that the public preview of Windows 8.1 is due out later this month, many users have started to wonder how would they be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1.
ZDNet have shed some details on the same process. Microsoft officials have previously revealed that public preview of Windows 8.1, which is codenamed as “Windows Blue” will be available via the Windows Store on June 26.
Where to check for Windows 8.1
When the Windows 8.1 Preview will be available, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will receive a Windows Update notification. That update will trigger the new bits to show up in the Windows Store where users can decide whether they want to install the update or not. As a user, you can decide whether you want to upgrade at this moment, or want to stay away from it.
However, the update comes at a price. If you decide to roll back to Windows 8 after installing the preview, you will need to reinstall apps when you move to the RTM version of Windows 8.1.
Exactly which apps you need to install depends on the platform – Windows on ARM or x86 (Desktop version). For those on Windows RT devices, they’ll need to reinstall all Windows Store (Metro apps). For those on Windows x86 based systems, they’ll need to reinstall both their Windows Store as well as Desktop apps. For sure this won’t be a convenience process but that’s how it works. Of course, all settings, data and apps information will be stored on your account, and will be moved from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1.
For now, as a user, just get ready for the updates as Windows 8.1 is finally coming. Are you excited about Windows 8.1? Let us know your thoughts on comments below.