I would like to try out the Windows 8.1 Preview by getting the update through the Store on my current Windows 8 installation. My only concern is that I can't find any information in the FAQ about an upgrade path to the final version.

It states that Windows RT 8.1 Preview will be upgradable to Windows RT 8.1, but how about x86 versions?

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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is no longer relevant – Sathyajith Bhat Aug 31 '14 at 4:57

The same rules apply. If you upgrade Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 Preview you will have to reinstall all your desktop and Windows Store applications once you upgrade the Windows 8.1 Preview to Windows 8.1 RTM. Every single one of those FAQ applies to both Windows RT and Windows 8.

The important information is the following statement.

When you install subsequent editions of Windows 8.1 you'll be able to keep your personal files, but you'll need to reinstall your apps.

If upgrade to Windows 8.1 by using the Windows Store update or you use a Windows 8.1 RTM installation media you will keep all your personal files, settings, and installed applications. Any Windows Store applications in either case will be downloaded again and be updated as required.

  • There it is, thanks. The "you'll need to reinstall your apps" part is confusing. I guess you take apps to also mean desktop programs. – Louis Jun 26 '13 at 17:32
  • I guess that is a dealbreaker. I wouldn't mind reintsalling Windows Store apps, but the desktop ones would be too big of a hassle. – Louis Jun 26 '13 at 17:41
  • Good option, I'll keep it in mind. – Louis Jun 26 '13 at 17:51
  • Actually, I don't think Ramhound's suggestion is going to work. I think the two OSes may be too different. – Louis Sep 22 '13 at 23:54
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    If you are going to downvote this question it might help to know the reason you are doing so otherwise I cannot improve this answer. This comment is not directed towards Louis. – Ramhound Oct 4 '13 at 17:41

There exists a possibility to upgrade from preview to final version of windows 8. This way is not supported by microsoft. So you should backup you data first, if anything went wrong.

The trick is to modify the version number of the installer its self. A full tutorial or possible tool can be found in this forum.

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