How To Upgrade From Windows 8 To Windows 8.1?

It’s always good to stay up to date with technology especially when there is a free software upgrade being offered, everybody loves it! On 17th of October, Microsoft officially announced the release of Windows 8.1 for its users worldwide. The consequences have been different for various user levels. For instance, the majority of Windows 8 users are able to upgrade free of cost to the new operating system while the rest have to buy  Windows 8.1 for use. Things haven’t been smooth for Microsoft still, a few hours ago it took down Windows RT 8.1 upgrade option for the relevant Windows 8 RT users due to some technical issues.

Although most people have the liberty to successfully move to Windows 8.1, others have lost data and time in a tedious process. A recent article on Forbes, My Frustrating Upgrade To Windows 8.1, paints a similar story. This post highlights the issues faced by users trying to upgrade to Windows 8.1 while presenting the ways of upgrading from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 in a clear and simple manner. For details, read on after the jump.

The Outliers

Not everyone can upgrade to Windows 8.1 at this moment in time. Before initiating your preparations to upgrade, double check your eligibility otherwise you’ll become one of the many users who had their expectations hit.

– Users having older operating systems (like Windows XP, Windows 7 and so on) other than Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 Preview can’t upgrade free of cost to Windows 8.1. The solution is to buy the new Windows for either 119.99$ or 199.99$ depending on your need and budget. You can view the comparison, pricing and finally buy Windows 8.1 directly from here.

– Quite recently users of Windows RT 8 experienced issues while upgrading to Windows 8.1 which came into notice resulting in the temporary removal of the upgrade option for RT users by Microsoft. The following notice has been put up, a few hours ago, by Microsoft:

Microsoft is investigating a situation affecting a limited number of users updating their Windows RT devices to Windows RT 8.1. As a result, we have temporarily removed the Windows RT 8.1 update from the Windows Store. We are working to resolve the situation as quickly as possible and apologize for any inconvenience. We will provide updates as they become available.

– There are some specific editions of Windows 8 that do not support the free upgrade to Windows 8.1. These include: Windows 8 Enterprise, Windows 8 Pro versions that have been installed using KMS activations, and Windows 8 Pro that have been installed using MSDN ISO images using numerous activations.

– Even if you have the right edition of Windows 8 and you haven’t run Windows Update since a while, it’s high time that you do so otherwise you won’t be able to avail the free upgrade. Windows 8.1 Upgrade requires Windows Update package KB 2871839 to become accessible which means, updating Windows 8 is the first step. To perform a clean installation of Windows 8.1, follow the steps highlighted here.

The Pre-Requisites

As highlighted earlier, having Windows 8 isn’t a guarantee that you’ll be able to upgrade to Windows 8.1 immediately. Here are a few pre-requisites you must consider before expecting the upgrade:

Is Your Windows Up To Date?

PC Settings Windows Update

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Go To PC Settings and click the Windows Update option. Then, hit on the Check For Updates button followed by Install to actually bring the updates to your system. Remember to maintain a stable internet connection, make sure that your laptop or device is plugged in, and that you restart your system after installation.

Have you configured your Microsoft account yet?

Without doing this, you won’t be able to initiate the upgrade from the Store app.

Windows 8.1 Upgrade

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The Method

– Remember to create a backup of your files and folders, before you proceed with the upgrade.

– Go to the Start Screen and click or tap the Store tile. You will see a Windows 8.1 upgrade option in the Spotlight section. If you can’t find this option or detail, refer to the sections discussed earlier within this post.

– Or you can click the download button from Store app using this direct link.

– The update process will take place in the background which means business as usual till the installation and configuration begins. If the download (over 3.5Gb) gets disturbed, you can restart it from where you left off till the final completion.

– Restart your system, and configure your SkyDrive or Microsoft Account and License settings to begin the Windows 8.1 experience.

If you face any issues in upgrading to Windows 8.1, feel free to mention your queries in the comments section, below. Till then, Good Luck!