Windows 8.1 Preview Now Available for Download

Microsoft has released a new update for windows 8 . One codenamed as windows blue , the new update is now officially named Windows 8.1 . A public review of the windows 8.1 has been made available for download starting today . while the full version for Windows 8.1 will be released a s free update later this year .


Windows 8.1 has a lot of new features and many notable changes according the feedback received by the users . It is targeted for the next generation of PCs, tablets, and a range of industry devices and has new ways for you to personalize your PC and includes a wave of awesome new apps and services.


windows 8.1 start screen with wallpaper

What’s new in Windows 8.1 preview .


In Windows 8.1, the Search will provide global search results powered by Bing in a rich, simple-to-read, aggregated view of many content sources (the web, apps, files, SkyDrive, actions you can take) to provide the best “answer” for your query. Thus changing the way you interact with the web . It will be  the modern version of the command line!


Cloud Connectivity:

In Windows 8.1 your files can be saved directly to SkyDrive, so you can always have your files with you.


The new SkyDrive app gives you access to your files that are on your device or in the cloud, and files are accessible even when offline.

Better Mouse and Keyboard Options

The new update brings better options for keyboards and mouse , It will add support for many touch based and non-touch based devices . All this features are added to ensure easier navigation for people using mouse and keyboards .

How to install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file

Head over to the Windows 8.1 Preview page on . The Windows 8.1 Preview will be installed through the Windows Store.  please read the  Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ  for the minimum requirements .

To install the Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file, you must first burn the ISO file onto a DVD or you can make a bootable USB flash drive .

If you’re using Windows 8, follow these steps to install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file:

  • Download the ISO (.iso) file.

  • Double-tap or double-click the ISO file.

  • Double-tap or double-click setup.exe and follow the instructions on the screen.

If you’re using windows 7 , follow these instructions

  • Burn the ISO file on a DVD media .

  • Place the DVD into your DVD drive and reboot your PC .

  • While booting up boot from the DVD drive and follow the instructions on the screen .

You can also create a bootable USB flash drive to install the Windows 8.1 update .

After the update is installed , Reboot your pc and you will be on the Windows 8.1 preview .

Do share your views regarding the new features you like in windows 8.1 preview .

Source: Windows blog