Microsoft has officially announced release date and features for Windows 8.1 Update 1, revealed that starting April 8th, the new code will begin to roll out to the operating system’s user around the world. Although, it’ll be gradual deployment via Windows Update and interested ones can download and install Windows 8.1 Update 1 today. How? Full details after this break!
Here’s how! By downloading the ISO (x86 / x64) files directly from the Windows Update servers, you can install the Windows 8.1 Update 1 right away. But the files are legitimate and final which are the exact same update files that you would get if you waited until April 8, 2014.
Note: Windows Update links are now working, exact for KB2939087. Reportedly that file isn’t required to complete the Windows 8.1 Update 1 installation process.
Finally, Microsoft has dropped Windows 8.1 Update 1 with a clean emphasis on improving the experience or desktop uses. Today, it has emerged that folks tethered to the MSDN developer program can download the ISO image of the new build right now just ahead of the official, Windows Store end-user release schedule for next Tuesday.
Yesterday at BUILD 2014, Microsoft not only unveiled new updates to its software range, but along with the final version of Windows Phone 8.1, also taken the wraps off Windows 8.1 Update 1. Microsoft has made the SO files officially available to MSDN subscribers. Additionally, Windows Server 2012 Update R2 with Update 1 is now available via the same channel. So, if you happen to be a developer, then its nice to know that you can get in slightly earlier than the wider Windows 8.1 community.
The Windows 8.1 Update 1 will be free update releasing on April 8th, and Microsoft has finally delivered some of the changes that desktop users felt were missing from the largely tough-oriented OS. Windows 8.1 Update1 still shows plenty of that ‘Metro’ innards, it’s also clear that the Windows 7 look is enjoying something of a renaissance.
All of these minor alterations are just part of the build up to the forthcoming update version of Windows, which will be ‘Windows 9’, hoped that Microsoft will roll it out at some point during the summer. Expected to release at some point next year. To include the landmark 2015 release with some key enhancements across the board.
Here’s How To Download and Install Windows 8.1 Update 1 ISO (32-/64-bit) for Free
Caution: Downloading Windows updates from anyone other than Microsoft is risky, and before you grab it, you have to ensure that the SHA hash of the downloaded file mathces by using the Microsoft File Checksum Integrity Verifier (freeware tool). Important documents on you computer? Back them up! Update s just a bunch of patches, rather tan a complete reinstallation.
Now, we got two different routes to obtain Windows 8.1 Update 1. First, you can try the official download links from Microsoft (worked at the time of publishing). Didn’t work? Go ahead to download some working third-party links.
Official Windows Update download links:
Once downloaded Update 1, you’ll have six patches that need to be installed in a very specific order. Your computer needs to reboot a few times during the progress.
* KB2939087 (we believe it isn’t necessary to install this file, but please let us know in the comments)
Update 1 doesn’t do a whole lot. But still got some small, useful tweaks and the main changes appear to be better support for high-PPI displays, and audio/video files will now be opened in Photo Viewer and Media Player respectively, rather than bouncing you into Metro.
Genuine way! All about Windows 8.1 Update 1 and you’re on MSDN, you can grab it, along with Windows Server 2012 R2 with Update 1, right now!
Download Windows 8.1 Update 1 from MSDN
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