The next version of Windows is already creating a lot of buzz with numerous reports and rumors arriving, detailing the kind of features we might or might not see via the new Windows 8.1 update. And while the update still has some time before it finally lands for the masses, it seems like the update has already been leaked via Microsoft.
As reports suggest, the Windows 8.1 update has already arrived. And although the update isn't expected to launch anytime before April 8, numerous recent reports are claiming that users can easily install Windows 8.1 on their systems via a few tricks.
Apparently, as revealed via a Neowin report, users can download Windows 8.1 update 1 right now with a simple registry tweak. And although that sounds quite promising, it's not for the weak of heart, and can be quite a dicey affair for someone without the knowledge of what to do.
"Several users have reported that the method is working and have successfully downloaded the update. The current thought is that by tweaking the registry, it mimics your machine to be that of a user who is dogfooding the update and then sends the bits to your machine," the Neowin report states.
"We wouldn't be surprise if Microsoft blocks this workaround very quickly and surely did not expect this way of obtaining Windows 8.1 update 1 to make it out into the wild in this way," the report also states.
However, those who are indeed willing to go ahead with the procedure, in order to get the new update, user will need to head over to regedit. Once there, the user need to navigate to "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\" and create a new key called "SHWindowsPoolS14″, and then reboot the PC and check for new updates.
Once in place and succesfully carried out, users should see "Update for Windows 8.1 for x64-based Systems (KB2919442) - (S14 Prerequisite v01.0008)." Apparently, this will be the first in a series of updates that will update the PC to the new Windows platform.
As of now, the update is expected to offer new context-sensitive menus that can be brought up by right-clicking, the ability to pin Metro apps to the Desktop task bar, and even adding powerful search and power buttons to the Start screen.