[How to] Fix This update is not applicable to your computer error when installing Windows 8.1

Windows 8.1 is the latest Operating System from Microsoft and it can be installed as a direct update through Windows 8 Store or installation from scratch using ISO file. Updating to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 Store is very easy and quick. First you need download a small update and install it on your computer, such that your Windows PC will prompt for the availability of the Windows 8.1 Preview.


Everything is fine till now, but some of our readers has reported that they are facing This update is not applicable to your computer error when installing the update.

Windows Update Standalone Installer
The update is not applicable to your computer.

As it shows the updates is not applicable to your PC, you cannot upgrade your Windows 8 computer to Windows 8.1. It looks like the users who are facing this issue are using different language and locale, which is not present in the list of languages that are allowed by Microsoft to install Windows 8.1. Generally this problems persists when upgrading your PC to Windows 8.1 preview. Only following languages were supported by Microsoft to install Windows 8.1.

Arabic, English (US), Chinese (Simplified and Traditional), French, German, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

If you are using any other languages and locale then you need to change to any of the above language. Here is how to change the language and locale settings.

  • Go to Control Panel and here click on the region icon or execute intl.cpl command in runbar.
  • This will open Region window which contains the details of current system locale, language and more.
  • In the drop down under Format section set it to English(United States) and click on Apply.

After applying the changes restart your PC and now try to install Windows 8.1. Now it will show any error and enjoy Windows 8.1. If you still get an error then better you can download Windows 8.1 preview ISO files.

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