You Need To Re-install All Installed Apps If You Upgrade From Windows 8.1 Preview To Final Version


Microsoft today confirmed that they will be releasing Windows 8.1 preview on June 26th during BUILD conference. If you are planning to upgrade from your current Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 preview, you need to be careful. Because, you will have to re-install all the apps you have installed on your PC after upgrading Windows 8.1 to final version which will be released later this year. When the Windows 8.1 preview is made available, Windows 8 and Windows RT users will receive a Windows Update notification. Users can go to Windows Store, read the description and choose whether to install or not. Here is the procedure from upgrading from Windows 8.1 to Windows 8.1 RTM,

Even if testers opt instead to roll their devices back to Windows 8 after installing the preview bits, they still will have to reinstall their apps once they move to the RTM version of Windows 8.1.

On Windows RT devices, it’s the Windows Store/Metro-Style apps that will have to be reinstalled; for x86-based Windows 8 systems, testers will need to reinstall both their Windows Store/Metro-Style and Desktop apps, a Microsoft spokesperson said.

Read more about it from the link below.

Source: ZDNet

  • RadiusK

    This is not very surprising. Guess I will only upgrade my Surface to the Preview and have my desktop wait for the final version :).

  • deathdealer351

    Ewwww but I understand

  • Bert

    So if i go from Win 8.0 RTM to Win 8.1 Final. I’ll still have my apps?

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      yeah, like a normal “upgrade”.
      the problem here its since is preview it can carry problems and changes that can cause conflicts so to avoid that is better to make user install everything again for RTM if they want to be in the preview program. just like when you had to install win8 clean if you were using previews, because installing rtm on them caused too many problems that it was easier just to reinstall win8 rtm in a clean state.

  • Truthhz

    That’s too bad, because you know some boneheads will not read directions. Then complain afterwards.

  • truffle

    I will install the preview if it has outlook 2013…

  • Ocelotty1

    By Apps, do you mean Metro Apps or all software on the PC including desktop software?

    • Emi Cyberschreiber

      It means everything… desktop and win8 store apps. not even win8 refresh keeps desktop apps today, so it was expected you had to reinstall everything to avoid problems. just like 1 year ago, when you have consumer preview and you had to clean install RTM.

  • Devang Sharma

    I guess it’s a good time for me to be upgrading from windows 7 to windows 8.1
    phew! dodged a bullet

  • raj

    I am still not clear with this. I have 3 simple questions to ask:

    I have Windows 8 machine. Suppose I upgrade to 8.1 preview, do I have to re install all my metro/desktop apps?

    If I upgrade from 8.1 preview to 8.1 RTM, do I have to re install all my metro/desktop apps?

    If I upgrade from 8.1 RTM to 8.1 GDR( Final version) Do I have to re install all my metro/desktop apps?

  • Kool Shah

    this is so not comfortable to upgrade…. i mean why can’t they make it like a fricken service packs in xp or win 7… MS trying to find more ways to create problems for people. I have almost 23 different software installed with custom configurations and now i will end up redoing them.. so mad >_< once the final version of 8.1 is release end of this year :(

  • Luca

    I am using Windows 8 Pro 64-bit. If I upgrade to windows 8.1 preview, will I need to reinstall desktop applications? Thanks

  • Antreas Arkoudi

    when i upgrade from preview to final i gone reinstall all apps again?