Redmond rolled out the preview version of Windows 8.1 last month on June 26, and even though it is an in development build of the operating system, a large number of users rushed to install it on their computers.

The first major upgrade to Windows 8 has grabbed the attention of uses, squarely and firmly.

Nevertheless, Microsoft is fully aware of the risks that can come with installing a preview version, particularly a preview version of an OS. And the software titan has published a new blog post to talk about the operating system and remind users that this is still a testing version.

In other words deploying it on critical computers could actually post a risk, no matter how small. As Microsoft explained:

“Remember that Windows 8.1 is still in development, and as such there is always some risk involved when using it, so testing on lab and other non-critical computers is recommended. For broad deployments we recommend that you target final Windows 8.1 release later this year.”

There have been a few hiccups along the way, with application incompatibility and installation slipups, and the technology titan has itself recommend some users (that are running certain devices) to wait for fixes before deploying Windows 8.1 Preview.

But just to be on the safe side of things, you should only install Windows 8.1 Preview on a separate (in other words, non-critical) computer or device — instead of your main PC.

Or continue with Windows 8 until the final general release version of Windows 8.1 sees the daylight, which according to most estimates is slated for October this year.

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