If you are still using Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 preview, then it is time to start to pack up your bags and get moving. The license for your copy of Windows will officially expire on January 15, 2014 and you will have two routes to take to get your copy legitimized for everyday use.
The following is Microsoft’s official recommendations for any users running the preview operating systems:
- If you installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, you can update to the final release through the Windows Store by following the instructions available here, or by clicking here to initiate the process. Note that you will have to reinstall all of your applications (desktop or modern) after doing this.
- If you installed a volume license version of Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes, we would recommend that you install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise for ongoing use. If you have to upgrade an existing machine, you can do so using volume license media. This can be done by manually running SETUP.EXE from the media, or can be automated by running “setup.exe /auto:data”. As with any Preview update, only data and accounts will be migrated; all apps will need to be reinstalled.
If you need any help with your copy of Windows 8, feel free to stop by the WPCentral forums and discuss it with your fellow readers – there are lots of helpful folk in our community.
Are you still on a Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 preview or have you already moved on?