Wow, Windows 8.1 on the Surface RT is AMAZING and you get Outlook in the Office mix, so who cares if the Mail client lacks features! With Windows 365, this is freaking awesome.
This could not have been easier, the following was copied from: http://www.microsoft.com/surface/en-us/support/getting-started/windows-8-preview-on-surface , which is the hard to find link for some reason.
Read Windows 8.1 Preview FAQ. The Windows 8.1 Preview: FAQhas everything you need to know about installing the Windows 8.1 Preview, including the supported languages, risks of installing Windows 8.1 Preview, and compatibility info.
Now my own words, some extra stuff that I noticed:
We are a school and recently received 50 Surface RT tablets.
Is there a way to download an offline ISO file for Windows 8.1 Preview? I don't want to manually update 50 tablets. It will take me forever and will consume a lot of bandwight.
I don't want to hand out the tablets running Windows RT 8 and I can't wait until October 18th for the official release of Windows 8.1.
I've search the web and even looked on TechNet and can't find any ISO file (as we can have for PCs).
To the best of my knowledge, for Surface RTs you will need to use the store. I assume that you gave it a try on one of the machines, I thought it was painless to do so, but completely understand the problem you face with 50 machines.
There is no work around as of 9/6/2013 to my limited knowledge.
Thanks for your answer. I've done it on 2 Surface tablet. The process is not that bad. It's the fact that I will need to wait for the Windows 8.1 update to download everytime for each and every one of the 50 tablets. So it will be a long precess and it will take a lot of bandwight.
Thanks anyway for your answer.
Hi Sam, Thanks for sharing the details. I have installed Windows RT 8.1 Preview in my Surface RT. Now after Oct 18th, How should I upgrade to the actual Windows RT 8.1 from the preview version? In doing so will I lose something like favorites in IE, Tiles arrangement and apps on it now (apart from what I kept in memory card)?
Thanks in advance.