Download Windows 8.1 RTM, Visual Studio 2013 RC and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Today

Download Windows 8.1 RTM, Visual Studio 2013 RC and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM Today

Starting today, we will extend availability of our current Windows 8.1, Windows 8.1 Pro and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM builds to the developer and IT professional communities via MSDN and TechNet subscriptions. The Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise edition will be available through MSDN and TechNet for businesses later this month. Additionally, today we’re making available the Visual Studio 2013 Release Candidate which you can download here.

We heard from you that our decision to not initially release Windows 8.1 or Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM bits was a big challenge for our developer partners as they’re readying new Windows 8.1 apps and for IT professionals who are preparing for Windows 8.1 deployments. We’ve listened, we value your partnership, and we are adjusting based on your feedback. As we refine our delivery schedules for a more rapid release cadence, we are working on the best way to support early releases to the various audiences within our ecosystem.

In providing the best developer tools to our customers, Visual Studio 2013 RC enables development teams to build, deliver and manage compelling apps that take advantage of today’s devices and services. With the release of Visual Studio 2013 RC, we’ve made available additional features and functionality to enhance developer and development team productivity and agility. For more information of what’s new in Visual Studio 2013 see today’s blog post from S. Somasegar.

With these updated platform and tools bits, developers will be able to build and test their Windows 8.1 apps. The RTM versions of tools, services, and platform are required for store submissions which will open up for new Windows 8.1 apps beginning at general availability on October 18.

Given the accelerated rate of technological advancement we continue to see in the industry and here at Microsoft, it’s an exciting time to be an app builder. We recognize the critical role developers play—the breadth of our apps ecosystem is a key pillar of the Windows experience. It’s an essential end-to-end relationship – we deliver the tools, services and platform to give developers the flexibility and opportunity to innovate and build experiences for Windows that make all our lives more productive and fun. 

We also recognize that our commercial customers need time to perform application compatibility and other testing and validation to best plan for their Windows 8.1 deployments following general availability on October 18.

The primary purpose of Windows 8.1 RTM and Visual Studio 2013 RC availability is for testing as our engineering teams continue to refine and update the product and tools in preparation for Windows 8.1 general availability on October 18 and the release of Visual Studio 2013 RTW.  Third party apps may require final refinement to onboard into the Windows Store at the October 18 GA milestone.  However, we’re confident this pre-release will enable developers to ready their Windows 8.1 apps for customers while validating their existing apps function as expected on Windows 8.1

Similarly, we continue to validate the Windows Server 2012 R2 software with our partners and expect to make further updates to the build for general availability on October 18 as well. 

We are pleased to provide non-production support for Windows Store app development and testing for Windows 8.1, via forums and assisted support channels.  For links to those resources, along with existing Windows 8 support options, please visit the Dev Center support options page. We will also provide assisted support for Windows 8.1 RTM and Windows Server 2012 R2 RTM through standard commercial support channels.

We are excited about the innovation we are delivering in such a short amount of time, and are pleased to be able to share these pre-releases with the communities.  Thanks for your continued support and feedback, you can reach out to me anytime, either using the comments here or on twitter @StevenGuggs.

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  • FYI - Windows 8 PRO from Volume License is not the same as retail - learned lesson when I had tried to add WMC.  Bits on MSDN are retail bits, so they will upgrade Windows 8 retail.

    * Downloaded Win 8.1 PRO ISO from MSDN

    * Simply double click to mount the ISO and ran setup

    * When prompted entered the new Win 8.1 PRO key from MSDN

    * Selected keep files and apps

    * Upgrade took about 20 minutes and a couple of reboots

    In the end, I had Win 8.1 Pro activated, but did loose WMC.  Found some references about installing WMC key and activating via phone and that worked.  Now I have Win 8.1 Pro WMC

  • I know I can't be the only one dealing with this...I upgraded to the 8.1 preview and, with IE 11, I cannot access critical parts of the VLSC. For instance, when I try to access our HUP page I get

    "Internet Explorer 5.0 and above are the only supported browsers for this portion of the site. Please install Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher; or use a machine with one of these browsers to access this portion of the site.

    Windows 98, 2000, NT, and XP are the only supported operating systems for this portion of the site. Please install Windows 98, 2000, NT or XP; or use a machine with one of these operating systems to access this portion of the site."

    Some obviously needs to fix/update this :-/

  • @Phil Georger

    VLSC probably hasn't been updated to "Recognize" IE 11 yet since it hasn't hit the street-date.  

    Do you get that error when using it from both the desktop and the Modern/Metro app?  

  • Looking forward to Windows 8.1 RTM Enterprise.

    Holding off on VS2013 install till that's available.

  • I see now that Windows 8.1 Enterprise is available for download, and keys can be obtained.

    No upgrade option to keep apps though?!

    I have Windows 8 Enterprise (not installed ANY preview), mounted the 8.1 Enterprise ISO...  and didn't get any option to keep apps.

    Anyone know why?

  • I have read all the comments and I can't seem to understand something.

    I tried to install 8.1 RTM x64 in UEFI boot and it asks me for a license key.. :-/

    I have Windows 8 Standard with the license key injected into UEFI bios. What license key since I don't have it, it's attached to my hardware.

    I understand that on 18 of October I can upgrade to 8.1 through Windows Store, but if I want to do a clean install from an ISO how should I proceed? If it will ask for a license key I am not able to provide one since it's UEFI BOOT! What's with all this nonsense?

  • Hi,

    I have windows 8.1 Pro Preview, let me know whether I need to install the New 8.1 or it will update automatically?

  • @New User - Yes, you will need to install fresh if you have Win 8.1 Preview installed.

    Everyone else, still digging up a few answers, hope to have answers later today.

    Thanks

  • Polish Academy will be have access to Polish version Windows 8.1 (DREAM SPARK)?

  • @RogueCode - Thanks for the question. VS 2013 RC is paired to work with Windows 8.1 RTM and doesn’t work against the Windows 8.1 Preview we gave out at BUILD. The next major milestone where people beyond MSDN subscribers will get Windows and VS broadly will be at GA in October.

  • After upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1, Visual Studio 2012 no longer runs with an error saying "The program can't start because MSVCR110.dll is missing from your computer. Try reinstalling the program to fix this problem."  Subsequent reinstall of VS 2012 did not resolve the issue.  Any thoughts?

  • vivo en España, no entiendo nada de inglés. Estos mensajes no los pueden enviar en mi idioma materno?

  • Still looking for feedback on Windows 8.1 Enterprise RTM availability on VLSC...

  • When is going to be available Windows Server 2012 R2 and Windows 8.1 Enterprise Edition for Microsoft Partners?

  • A link to the 8.1 RTM download would be helpful.

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