On Wednesday,(June 26, 2013) Microsoft released their highly-anticipated preview build of Windows 8.1. Windows 8.1 promises with numerous improvements to search, the Windows app store, cloud storage, and enhanced personalization features. 
In particular, Windows 8.1 also promises a potential "revival" of the oft-missed Start button.
Microsoft has also released an in-depth preview guide for users to showcase some of their major changes to the flagship OS.
We'll be taking 8.1 for a preview spin, but the preview update is free to download. Just remember to back up any sensitive files in case you need to revert back to Windows 8.0.
the windows  8.1 has other improved features like:

-the single search that brings you result from your pc, your apps, and the web. the results come up on a clean graphic view that lets you take immediate action and launch apps.

Search results in Windows 8.1 Preview

-The Windows Store has a new look which makes it easier to discover and download new apps. And the apps that are included withWindows 8.1 Preview let you do a bunch of cool things. For example, with Reading List you can save articles and stories across apps and devices, and the updated Photos app gives you fast and fun editing.
An app page in the Windows Store

-The slide show on your lock screen by picking your favorite pictures. Arrange the stuff on your Start screen so it's just the way you want it. Choose from more tile sizes, more colors, and more backgrounds—including animated backgrounds.
Personal photos displayed on a Windows 8.1 Preview lock screen
When you get Windows 8.1 Preview, you also get to check out the newInternet ExplorerInternet Explorer 11 Preview is built for touch, with faster load times, a full-screen experience that includes side-by-side browsing of your sites, and real-time info delivered on your Start screen through live tiles for your favorite sites.

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How to install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file

To install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file, you must first convert the ISO file into installation media stored on a DVD or a USB flash drive.
If you're using Windows 8, follow these steps to install Windows 8.1 Preview from an ISO file:
  • Download the ISO (.iso) file.
  • Double-tap or double-click the ISO file.
  • Double-tap or double-click setup.exe and follow the steps.
If you're using Windows 7, the easiest way to convert an ISO file to a DVD is to use Windows Disc Image Burner. On a PC running Windows XP or Windows Vista, a third-party program is required to convert an ISO file into installable media—and DVD burning software often includes this capability.


If you decide that you want to install Windows 8.1 Preview using the ISO, you won't be able to uninstall it. If you decide to go back to your previous operating system, you'll need to reinstall it using the recovery or installation media that came with your PC, which is typically DVD media. If you're running Windows 8 and you don't have recovery media, you might be able to create a USB recovery drive. If you're running Windows 7Windows Vista, or Windows XP and you don’t have recovery media, you might be able to create it from a recovery partition on your PC using software provided by your PC manufacturer. Check the support section of your PC manufacturer’s website for more information. After you install Windows 8.1 Preview, you won’t be able to use the recovery partition on your PC to go back to your previous version of Windows.

Notes before you download

Windows 8.1 Preview is prerelease software that may be substantially modified before it’s commercially released. Microsoft makes no warranties, express or implied, with respect to the information provided here. Some product features and functionality may require additional hardware or software.


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