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    How to Update to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8

    After a year release of Windows 8 and Windows 8 RT, Microsoft releases Windows 8.1 with some major changes in personalization, search, apps, the Windows Store, and cloud connectivity. The update also has the security and reliability features you expect from Windows. It's fast and made to work on a variety of devices—especially on the new generation of touch devices. Windows 8.1 fixes many problems appeared in Windows 8. To know more about the changes and differences between Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 you can read this article.

    If your PC is currently running Windows 8 or Windows RT, Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 upgrade is free for you. And unlike previous updates to Windows, you'll get this update from the Windows Store. As the system requirements of both OS is almost same you don't need to worry about compatibility. Let's start now.

    Windows 8.1 upgrade troubleshooting

    1. Before the upgradation you need to know that:
    a. Your files, desktop apps, user accounts, and settings won't be affected- Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 come with some new built-in apps and it will update or replace some of your existing built-in apps. Your existing Windows Store apps don't come with you. So you need to re-install all of these apps after Windows 8.1 upgrade.

    b. Windows will check your desktop apps and devices- As part of the update, Windows check your current desktop apps and connected devices, and let you know what you'll need to do to get them working again after the update. In most cases, you won't need to do anything. So be calm.

    c. Consider using a Microsoft account to sign in- If you already use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8 or Windows RT, you’ll use that same account to sign in to Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1. Simply put, it’s the glue that holds together so many useful features of the new Windows: the ability to download apps from the Store, automatic syncing of your settings and documents between your PCs, backing up your photos to the cloud so you can get to them from anywhere, and seeing all your contacts from multiple email and social networking accounts together in the People and Mail apps.

    d. You can keep working while the update is installing- Download and installation times vary from about 30 minutes to several hours, depending on your Internet connection speed and the speed and configuration of your PC. But you can still use your PC while the update is installing in the background. After the download completes, your PC will restart. You won't be able to use your PC for a little while the updates are being applied. After that phase is complete, we'll walk you through choosing a few basic settings and then Windows will finish applying any final updates that are needed.

    2. How to prepare your PC:
    a. Back up your files- Although your files and apps come with you when you update to Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, it's a good idea to make sure that your files are backed up first. You can use File History option for that.

    b. Ensure enough free space- If you're currently running Windows 8, you need 3Gb of available space to install the 32-bit version of Windows 8.1 and 4GB of available space to install the 64-bit version of Windows 8.1. On a Windows RT device, you need 2.3GB of available disk space to install Windows RT 8.1.

    c. Plug in your laptop or tablet- It's important to keep your PC plugged in throughout the update process, because if you lose power before it's done, the update might not install properly.

    d. Ensure internet connectivity- It's best to stay connected until the update is done. If you don't, you’ll need to connect again to finish setting up later and setup will take longer.

    e. Get the latest Windows 8 updates first- There are some updates you might need before you can install Windows 8.1. In most cases, the latest updates will be installed automatically using Windows Update. If you manually turned of the Windows Update, then please turn it on and check for latest updates before the procedure begins.

    f. Turn off your antivirus- Some antivirus software might interfere with the installation. After you install Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, remember to turn your antivirus program back on.

    3. Time to download the update:
    a. Open Store from Start menu tiles. In the Store, tap or click the Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 update. if you don't see the update on the Store home screen, see Why can't I find the update in the Store?

    b. Tap or click Download. The update will download and install in the background while you use your PC to do other things. The installer will check to make sure you have enough disk space, that your apps and devices will work with Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 and that you have all the required updates.

    Windows 8.1 upgrade download tips

    c. In some cases, the installer might find something you need to take care of before you can continue installing the update. If so, you'll see a message telling you what you need to do.

    d. If the installation is interrupted for any reason, you can restart the update from where you left off by going back to the Store and downloading the update again.

    4. Restart and choose your settings:
    a. After the update is downloaded and the first phase of the installation is complete. It could take between 15 minutes and a few hours, depending on your system and your connection speed. You'll see a message telling you that your PC needs to restart. It will give you 15 minutes to finish what you’re working on, save your work, and close your apps, and then it will restart your PC for you. Or you can restart it yourself.

    b. After your PC finishes restarting, you'll be presented with the Microsoft software license terms. Accept and continue. You'll see a list of recommended settings, called express settings. You can change any of these settings later, after you finish setting up.

    c. Next, you'll be asked to sign in. If you already use a Microsoft account to sign in to Windows 8 or Windows RT, your account name will be filled in for you. If you previously used a local account for this, you'll need to sign in with your local account first.

    d. If this is your first time setting up a PC with Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1, you'll see the new SkyDrive options. If you already have another PC running Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 and you chose to sync settings on that PC. Then your SkyDrive settings will also sync from your existing PC to this one and you might not see this screen.

    e. Because Windows is always being updated, it’s possible that critical updates have become available since Windows 8.1 and Windows RT 8.1 were finalized. Windows checks for these critical updates when you finish setting up Windows 8.1 or Windows RT 8.1 for the first time. If it finds any, it will download them automatically. Downloading and installing these updates might take a few minutes, depending on the updates you need. Your PC might also need to restart one or more times to complete the updates.

    After all these procedures you can now able to use brand new Windows 8.1 on your device. To know how Windows 8.1 is different from Windows 8 you can read this article.


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