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Discussion in 'Windows 8 Forum' started by tonyz3, Jun 26, 2013.
Good detailed look at Win 8.1 preview. http://winsupersite.com/windows-8/hands-windows-81
Thanks! Very interesting developments on the 8.1 front. I am most eager about the Skydrive integration. Can't wait till they issue the final release. Any idea when that is supposed to come along?
Download page is up, but no real info yet: Download Windows 8.1 Preview - Microsoft Windows
Downloading now for RT...
Go to Windows 8.1 Preview - Microsoft Windows
Jailbreak no longer works.
Anyone try hands free mode yet? New killer feature in Windows 8.1 Hands Free Mode | Windows 8.1
This Preview is fast!
That's the first thing I noticed after installing it, using a "boot from VHD" mode, so that I don't screw up my current Windows 8 environment. Loving it so far.
hey A, can you detail how to do the VHD mode, I want to try to give this option a go on either my wife's rt or my SP. Thx
1. Create a VHD from Disk Management. I created a 40GB VHD (fixed) in C:\Data\VHD\Win8.1.vhd
2. Make a bootable USB drive. I already have one always ready, but loaded with Windows 8, so I just replaced it with the files from the Windows 8.1 ISO download.
3. Boot from USB drive
4. When it comes to the screen where you can select a partition to install, press SHIFT-F10. It will bring you to the Command prompt.
select vdisk file="drv:\data\vhd\win8.1.vhd" (please note that the drv: must be replaced with the drive letter where your usual C: is, which in my case is now E
Go back to the Partition screen and hit refresh. You'll see the VHD partition. Select and install on that partition.
5. Sit back and enjoy.
thx. just so i am clear after these steps, on future boots do you just get the option on either to pick to boot to. also to get rid of it is it just deleting the partition
hey i forgot to ask, will this work on both the RT and SP
You will get an option, the default (30 sec count down) is now the 8.1 Preview.
And yes, you are correct that cleaning up is just removing that .vhd file and the boot option via GUI or bcdedit.
The RT does not have an ISO and in addition I believe a boot from USB is not possible without messing with UEFI, but I may be wrong.