On its Windows blog on Wednesday, Microsoft made it a strong point to tell its users of the Windows 8.1 preview and Windows RT 8.1 previews, that their editions will be expiring soon. The January 15th ending date for these preview editions mean those will have to upgrade soon.
The fully operational preview versions of Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 gave early adopters the ability to test out the latest Windows ahead of many. But, Microsoft is stating that those were preview editions, and not fully licensed versions and will require an upgrade soon.
Windows Store Installations
For users who installed the Windows 8.1 Preview or the Windows RT 8.1 Preview from the Windows Store, users are able to update their release through the Windows Store. By following the instructions listed in the Windows blog today or via the installed preview copy, users will be able to initiate the process of converting their app.
But, what users will have to know is that they will have to reinstall their applications when they update their Windows 8.1 versions, whether they are desktop or mobile. Both desktop or modern applications will require a full reinstallation, but with applications nowadays, reinstalling them is less painful than previous years with Windows releases.
Volume License Option Upgrades
For those who installed a volume license of the Windows 8.1 Preview, Microsoft strongly recommends that users install a fresh version of Windows 8.1 Pro or Windows 8.1 Enterprise. Microsoft states users can upgrade via the volume license media, and by running SETUP.EXE on their systems. Only data and accounts will be migrated by doing this, and it can be automated by running â€œsetup.exe /auto:dataâ€.
Microsoft states again that any applications that were installed using the Windows 8.1 Preview for evaluation purposes will need to be reinstalled as well. This was a caution that Microsoft issued to testers and evaluators when the software was announced. Most large companies and enterprise customers will be able to do this with their IT staff without a lot of problems according to Microsoft in its post. Microsoft refers enterprise customers to a separate link as well for more information.
Windows 8.1 Preview Editions in all their forms were great ways to test it out. But now, Microsoft needs to capture the revenue from them, and will do it by January 15th.