Download and Install Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview With Cortana


Windows 8.1 yet to be release  but you can get hold of preview if you like. Here’s how to download and install the Windows Phone 8.1 developer preview. Normally registering as a developer to get early access to software is tricky and can cost money. However, there is a fairly easy way of registering with Microsoft for free in order to get your hands on Windows Phone 8.1 today.

Warning: Before you follow these steps to get Windows Phone 8.1, be aware that it will void your warranty until your provider has officially rolled out the software. Updates will only include the Microsoft update, not additional OEM drivers/firmware. You can’t revert to a prior OS version once you have taken an update via the developer program. However, you opt-out of pre-releases to then only receive production Windows Phone updates.

How to download and install Windows Phone 8.1

Step One

Head to the Windows Phone App Studio and log in with your Microsoft account. Now start a new project (you don’t need to do anything further).

a. Click on start a new project.

b. Login with Microsoft Account/ID (the same Microsoft Account/ID which you used to login on you Windows Phone).

c. Choose Empty App >>> Create >>> Finish >>> Generate.


Step Two

Head to the Store on your Windows Phone. Search for and download ‘Preview for Developers‘.


Step Three

Open the app Preview for Developers which will appear in your list and follow the instructions, signing in with your Microsoft account(Same account used to create empty app) and ticking the relevant boxes.


Step Four

Now go to Phone Update and Check for Update >>> Download Update


Initially you will receive two small update which is every time you have to check for update manually both small updates will took  around 5-15 minutes to install.

After successfully installing both small updates…

Go to settings menu of your device, open ‘Phone Update‘, and check for the latest update. This will now download and install Windows Phone 8.1.

Tap on Install >>> Accept the agreement >> Tap on Install >>> Tap the continue to Start & Customize your new OS.

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How to enable Cortana on Windows Phone 8.1

It’s worth noting that the developer preview does include Microsoft’s Siri and Google Now rival called Cortana but is available for US users only. However, there is a way of tricking the device into letting you use Cortana.

Step One

In the system settings head to ‘Region’ and select ‘United States’ – leave the region format as ‘match phone language’. Changing the region will require a reboot.


Step Two

Now head to the language part of the system settings. Click ‘add languages’ and select ‘English (United States)’ to add it to your list. Tap and hold on English (US) and move it up to make it the primary language.


You will now find you can switch Cortana on in the application settings.

Once Cortana is enabled, simply tap the search button to bring up the digital personal assistant.


This post is just about installing the Windows Phone 8.1 Developer Preview, I’ll post review about Windows Phone 8.1 once i used it for few days. Now i can only say its look awesome and seems like Windows Smart Phone now becoming Smart.

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