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“The update is not applicable to your computer” error when installing Windows 8.1 preview on Surface RT

By Stefan Feenstra   /     Jun 26, 2013  /     Windows 8  /     0 Comment

Today Microsoft released the Windows 8.1 preview for Windows 8 RT, X86 and X64 here. When I tried to install the Windows 8.1 preview update on my Surface RT I got the following error message: “The update is not applicable to your computer”. The current installation software of Windows 8.1 preview requires that the English (United States) language pack is installed as default.


I found the following fix to bypass this problem:

1. Place and rename the MSU file in an easily accessible place, e.g. C:\preview\preview.msu
2. Open command prompt in administrator mode.
3. Type: Expand –F:* c:\preview\preview.msu C:\preview\
4. Type: DISM.exe /Online /Add-Package /PackagePath:c:\preview\
5. Windows asks to restart.
6. When Windows is restarted Windows store opens automatically.

Replace the “” on the end of step 4 with” for 32-bit versions and “” for 64-bit versions.

Note: This will change your base language to English (United States).

Surface Windows 8.1 Preview Update

Update (27-6): When you have a Surface RT from Germany you could restore it to factory settings and choose German as your new base language. Now the original installer also works!

Have fun!

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