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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  • Any update on Enterprise 'upgrade' ?

    I have 8 RTM Enterprise Edition.

    I downloaded 8.1 RTM Enterprise Edition

    When I run setup, and start to walk through the wizard, I get:

    'Keep Personal'

    'Keep nothing'

    Why is there no option to keep apps?



  • @Alek

    It's on subscriber downloads on MSDN. Did you search for it? Just put in:

    Windows 8.1

  • Does anyone have an update as to when Microsoft Partners with active Action Pack Subscription will get 8.1 RTM? I called MS Partner support today and they had no answer.

  • @Scott George

    I'm still waiting for that too.  :(

  • @Paul Newell

    Don't try the OEM 8.1 RTM ISO. Won't work with our MS Partner keys. Also an upgrade with an OEM CDKEY will not allow you to update your application settings. I am extremely disappointed @ Microsoft for not allowing Partners access to 8.1 RTM. How are we supposed to support our customers properly without being able to test it first before the public release?

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  • @Paul Newell & Guggs

    Can you confirm that at October 18 would be released the new refined, solid, stable and well tested _FINAL_ version of Windows 8.1 ?

    Windows 8.1 RTM in it's current state is unstable and works like unfinished product, there are many weird bugs in it, also many promised features are missing in built-in apps because they have pre-release status (Skype, Photos for example).

    Many people who tried Windows 8.1 RTM are reverted back to the Windows 8 or even Windows 7.

    Installing the latest OS and then waiting for tons of bugfixes - that's not what people are waiting for.

    What happens with promised reliability and bug-free experience ?

    Why Microsoft don`t learn from their own mistakes ?

  • I know there have been a few questions on enterprise and virtual images.  For both of these, I unfortunately don't have any news to share about previews becoming available before GA.  We're working hard on all of these getting ready for GA, and are only a few short weeks away.

    We'll keep working and know that everything in the comments, I've made sure to pass on to our teams and take in all the feedback.  Thanks again.

  • @Guggs

    My point is that Enterprise 8.1 is available to download from MSDN.  You can get keys from MSDN.

    You can't upgrade from 8 RTM though.

    Why is that?



  • People are avoiding Windows 8, and using Windows 7 instead. Even Windows XP users are prefer migrating to desktop-friendly Windows 7. Latest NetMarketshare figures suggest Windows 7 is outpacing Windows 8's adoption.


    This is what happens when Microsoft ignores consumers feedback.

    Many people are making downgrade (and event spent money for that) preinstalled Windows 8/8.1 (yes, the PCs with 8.1 is already in sales) to more familiar Windows 7. Bellow is one of the guides how to do that:

    Only returning good old classic and familiar Start Menu and Desktop OS feeling in the refined final release can save Microsoft from another Epic Fail like it was with early released buggy and unfinished Windows Vista.

  • The famous hacker WZor, the citizen of the former Soviet Union migrated to Germany, also known as the king of Microsoft's software piracy and the person who stealed almost all current major Microsoft products (over 500GB) right after the RTM sign off and before they appears on MSDN for subscribers, has opened his Blog in the LiveJournal and published magnet links to download all versions of Windows (including Windows RT, Windows Core versions and Server 2012R2).

    How customers can be sure that Microsoft can secure their private information if Microsoft even can't secure own major products from stealing from own protected servers based on own products ?

    Why Microsoft does not fight against piracy ?

    When the WZor, who stealed Windows XP/Vista/Windows 7/Windows 8/Windows 8.1 from Microsoft would be arrested ?

    What the next, WZor would open his Blog right here and makes his own MSDN on magnet links ?

    What WZor is also stealed from the Microsoft - may be information about Microsoft user accounts, phone and credit card numbers, social security numbers, corporate MAK and KMS keys or another privacy information ?

    Does security holes and backdoors used by WZor to get control over Microsoft's Servers and steal software are closed in the ALL current Microsoft's products ?

  • Will Visual Studio 2013 RTM be available on Dreamspark Premium on Windows GA or will Dreamspark Premium members have to wait for RTW? Also, when will VS2013 RC expire?

    We're starting a practical course in C# programming for students during the winter term (Oct 19th-March) and it'd be good to know if we'll can to use VS2013 RTM, RC or have to fall back on VS2012.

  • link to download Windows 8.1 RTM Pro

  • You need to use an account with Administrator privileges to install Windows 8.1, try logging in with the user account of and administrator of this PC and trying the update again.

    Logging as Administrator:

    Store can't be opened using the Built-in Administrator account. Sign in with a different account and try again.

  • anyone have a link to the Windows 8.1 RTM download

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