Go forth and tinker
If you end up needing to restore your OS with the recovery drive, you'll need to have your Windows 8 installation disc or drive on hand, so make sure you know where that's at, too. With your data stored in a safe place and a recovery image stored on a flash drive, you're ready to try all the goodies in Windows 8.1 with nary a thing to sweat about. Check out our guide to installing the Windows 8.1 preview, which outlines the system requirements you need, the caveats you need to be aware of, and walks you through the entire process.
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