Not All Windows 8 And RT PCs Can Run Windows 8.1 Preview, Says Microsoft

Bummer! If you have a new Windows 8 or Windows RT device and want to upgrade to the preview version of Windows 8.1, there is a small chance that you may not be able to, at least for the time being.

Microsoft has put up a new blog posts that talks about the install process of the recently released preview build of the upcoming operating system, and it includes a list of PCs that cannot handle the upgrade at the moment.

The blog post states:

“Please note: Some tablets and PCs running newer 32-bit Atom processors require updates to their graphics drivers before they can run the Windows 8.1 Preview.

Those tablets and PCs include the Lenovo ThinkPad Tablet 2, ASUS VivoTab TF810C, HP Envy X2, HP ElitePad 900, Samsung ATIV Smart PC, and Fujitsu ARROWS Tab. We are working closely with Intel and OEM partners to deliver updated drivers that will allow you to install the Windows 8.1 Preview as soon as possible.”

In other words, driver issues strike again! There are a couple of popular models in the list, but fingers crossed that this is sorted out soon, as Microsoft has confirmed it is working with the companies involved to remedy the situation.

Additionally, along with the above listed PCs, users with a Windows RT tablet or PC that has installed a language pack are being asked not to download the Windows 8.1 Preview. Microsoft has not yet detailed the specific problem, but the company says that it is working on a fix for this bug.

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