Windows 8.1 Preview has been released by Microsoft and is available for download. Windows 8.1 comes with a lot of new features and enhancements. Microsoft has gladly paid attention to user complaints. Most of the complaints that users had in Windows 8 have been fixed in Windows 8.1.
The most wanted feature was the Start button. The start button has returned in Windows 8.1. The start button will open the Start Screen instead of the start menu. Most of the new features and enhancements added in Windows 8.1 are related to the start screen.
Now the start screen comes with new tile sizes. If you have used Windows Phone 8, you will realize that the tile sizes available in Windows Phone 8 have now been added to Windows 8.1.
The all apps screen has also been enhanced. Now you can sort the programs by name, date installed, most used and category. You can also group and move apps together. In Windows 8, items had to be moved separately.
The best feature introduced in Windows 8.1 is the unified Windows Search. Microsoft has joined the three search types available in Windows 8 (apps, settings and files) and integrated Bing search inside Windows Search. This becomes a beautiful experience if you are browsing the Internet.
Windows 8.1 lets you multitask more efficiently. Now you can open multiple Windows 8 apps side by side and adjust how much screen space each app takes.
Windows 8.1 can be downloaded from the following direct download links. The downloaded file will be in the form of an ISO. You can burn a DVD or make a USB drive bootable in order to install Windows 8.1.
English 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-English-X1899604.iso
English 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-English-X1899605.iso
Arabic 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Arabic-X1899606.iso
Arabic 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Arabic-X1899607.iso
Chinese (Simplified) 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-ChineseSimplified-X1899610.iso
Chinese (Simplified) 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-ChineseSimplified-X1899611.iso
Chinese (Traditional) 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-ChineseTraditional-X1899612.iso
Chinese (Traditional) 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-ChineseTraditional-X1899613.iso
French 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-French-X1899614.iso
French 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-French-X1899615.iso
German 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-German-X1899616.iso
German 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-German-X1899617.iso
Japanese 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Japanese-X1899618.iso
Japanese 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Japanese-X1899619.iso
Korean 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Korean-X1899620.iso
Korean 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Korean-X1899621.iso
Portuguese (Brazil) 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-PortugueseBrazil-X1899608.iso
Portuguese (Brazil) 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-PortugueseBrazil-X1899609.iso
Russian 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Russian-X1899622.iso
Russian 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Russian-X1899623.iso
Spanish 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Spanish-X1899624.iso
Spanish 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Spanish-X1899625.iso
Swedish 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Swedish-X1899626.iso
Swedish 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Swedish-X1899627.iso
Turkish 32-bit (x86): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-32bit-Turkish-X1899604.iso
Turkish 64-bit (x64): WindowsBlue-ClientwithApps-64bit-Turkish-X1899604.iso
These download links are for clean installation of Windows 8.1. If you want to upgrade your current installation of Windows, you should download Windows 8.1 update from Windows Update directly.
Please note that although you can download and install Windows 8.1 Preview free, it is not a finished product and is not stable. You will not be able to uninstall it once installed on your computer. If you are upgrading Windows 8.1 on top of Windows 8 installation, you should backup your data first which is a safe strategy for when of any disaster.
If you are clean installing Windows 8.1, it will ask you for a product key. You can give the following product key: