Update is available that prepares Windows 8 and Windows RT-based computers for the update to Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT

Introduction

This article describes an update that enables you to update Windows 8 or Windows RT to Windows 8.1 or Windows 8.1 RT when Windows 8.1 and Windows 8.1 RT are released in the Windows Store.

Additionally, this update fixes several issues in Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012, and volume licensed installations of Windows 8.

Note You cannot update to Windows 8.1 Enterprise, Windows Server 2012 R2, or volume licensed installations of Windows 8.1 from the Windows Store.

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Update information

How to obtain this update

Windows Update
This update is available from Windows Update.
Microsoft Download Center
The following files are available for download from the Microsoft Download Center:
Operating systemUpdate
All supported x86-based versions of Windows 8Download Download the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows 8Download Download the package now.
All supported x64-based versions of Windows Server 2012Download Download the package now.
Note The update for Windows RT can be obtained only from Windows Update.

For more information about how to download Microsoft support files, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
119591 How to obtain Microsoft support files from online services
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Prerequisites

To apply this update, you must be running Windows RT, Windows 8, or Windows Server 2012.

Registry information

To apply this update, you do not have to make any changes to the registry.

Restart requirement

You must restart the computer after you apply this update.

Update replacement information

This update does not replace a previously released update.
File information

More Information

If you still can't find the update in the Windows Store, get more information at Why can't I find the update in the Store?

For more information about software update terminology, click the following article number to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
824684 Description of the standard terminology that is used to describe Microsoft software updates
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Article ID: 2871389 - Last Review: Apr 23, 2015 - Revision: 1

Windows 8, Windows 8 Pro, Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows RT, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 Foundation, Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows Server 2012 Standard, Windows Server 2012 Essentials, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter

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