Having been a loyal and very happy Surface RT users in the UK since the day of launch, I was pretty excited about the prospect of trying the Windows 8.1 Preview (Blue) on the device, and especially excited about the chance of using a proper email client at last.
BUT, to my horror the update on Microsoft site does not work on my Surface, complaining “This update is not applicable to your computer”. But it really really is!
Whilst I’m now convinced Microsoft are falling over themselves to annoy the UK Surface community (see the fiasco around the launch, the lack of anywhere to buy it, the cost, and now this) thanks to the lovely people at pocket-lint, UK (and most other non-US) users can get a manual work around:
Update: Why do Microsoft hate UK Surface Users ?
The above works, but you get blocked downloading from the store: “The Windows 8.1 Preview isn’t available right now. Please try again later” and Microsoft don’t even recommend installing it at all in the UK
Microsoft Quote “Windows RT users: Please do not change your base language just to install the Preview. If you do this and then update to the preview version, you will permanently change your base language on these devices. This happens because we create a new restore image based on your selected 8.1 base language during install.
Also, as we noted on the download page, if you’ve installed a language pack on Windows RT, we ask you not to install Windows RT 8.1 Preview at this time. A fix will be available soon for updating through the store with a language pack installed, so please check back“