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A Clean Install Is Not Mandatory For The Windows 8.1 Upgrade, Says Microsoft

Microsoft is getting ready to launch the Windows 8.1 Preview, and users will soon be allowed to make the move to this new version of the OS via the Windows Store.

The software titan, however, has confirmed that users will not need to do a clean install to upgrade to Windows 8.1. Instead, they can very easily install Windows 8.1 through the built in update option. In an interview with TechTarget, Erwin Visser, the general manager of the Windows commercial division said:

“One of the things we are advising with Windows 8.1 is for customers to update their OSes through upgrade bits instead of wipes and loads. This means that we are confident the upgrade process of the OS is created with Windows 8.1, and it will be much more lightweight for customers to deploy Windows 8.1 at least.”

The upgrade bits instead of wipes and loads philosophy actually makes the very core of these reportedly year updates to the world’s most popular operating system — so no surprises here.

Visser continued, explaining that the whole process will be relatively lightweight:

“Taking also into account the ability to drive apps and hardware, we believe for Windows 8 customers to upgrade to Windows 8.1, it will be a relatively lightweight process — much closer to downloading or deploying a service pack than an upgrade.”

As you may already be aware, Windows 8.1 will be available as a free download in the Windows Store. Come June 26, Windows 8 users will be provided with a notification that the preview version of the operating system is up for grabs.

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