How-to get your Surface RT ready for Windows RT 8.1How-to get your Surface RT ready for Windows RT 8.1

Earlier today Microsoft has released the Preview of Windows 8.1 for x86, x64 and ARM. Since I own a Surface RT, I immediately went down to http://Preview.Windows.com to download the update to enable the Windows RT 8.1 Preview Store download.
Too bad the update wasn’t able to run on my Surface RT device. After some dinging on Google I found a solution for the (temporary) problem. Just follow these steps to ‘enable’ your RT device for the Windows RT 8.1 Preview download from the Store.

  • Open http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview from your RT device and download the update to your Downloads folder.
  • Open a administrative command prompt and browse to the folder where you just downloaded the MSU file.
  • Now run the following commands to apply the update :
    • Expand –F:* C:Users[username]Downloadspreview.msu C:Users[Username]Downloads
    • DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:Users[username]DownloadsWindows8-RT-KB2849636-arm.cabScreenshot (2)
      Note: [Username] = the name of your user folder!
  • When the installation of the update has finished, you have to restart your Surface.

When the restart has finished, you can download the Windows RT 8.1 Preview update from the Store.

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At the moment (1:00am), the Windows RT 8.1 Preview isn’t available (see the screenshot below).

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Let’s hope the update will be available when the third day of TechEd Europe starts!

Earlier today Microsoft has released the Preview of Windows 8.1 for x86, x64 and ARM. Since I own a Surface RT, I immediately went down to http://Preview.Windows.com to download the update to enable the Windows 8.1 Preview Store download.
Too bad the update wasn’t able to run on my Surface RT device. After some dinging on Google I found a solution for the (temporary) problem. Just follow these steps to ‘enable’ your RT device for the Windows 8 Preview download from the Store.

  • Open http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows-8/download-preview from your RT device and download the update to your Downloads folder.
  • Open a administrative command prompt and browse to the folder where you just downloaded the MSU file.
  • Now run the following commands to apply the update :
    • Expand –F:* C:Users[username]Downloadspreview.msu C:Users[Username]Downloads
    • DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:C:Users[username]DownloadsWindows8-RT-KB2849636-arm.cabScreenshot (2)
      Note: [Username] = the name of your user folder!
  • When the installation of the update has finished, you have to restart your Surface.

 

When the restart has finished, you can download the Windows 8.1 Preview update from the Store.

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At the moment (1:00am), the Windows RT 8.1 Preview isn’t available (see the screenshot below).

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Let’s hope the update will be available when the third day of TechEd Europe starts!