Microsoft’s decision to allow genuine Windows 8 license users to freely upgrade to the latest Windows 8.1 update has enthused most. Nevertheless, many are shying away from it because of the sheer fact of ignorance or fear of data loss during the upgrade. In fact, the upgrade is simple. If you have the basic knowledge, system requirements and an active internet connection, you can do it on your own. The following step by step guide should help you upgrade to Windows 8.1 from Windows 8 without much headache.
Verify your system configuration
In order to upgrade to Windows 8.1, you need to make sure that your PC has the recommended hardware features. Microsoft has listed down the system requirements in its Windows support page under the how to upgrade to Windows 8 section.
Your PC should have at least 1 GHz or faster processor and 1 GB of RAM. If you are planning to upgrade to 64-bit version of Windows 8.1, you need to make sure that the RAM is of 2GB. Microsoft also recommends that 16 GB of space should be left free in the hard drive. For 64-bit OS, the free space required in the hard drive is 20 GB. Besides that, your PC should be equipped with Microsoft DirectX9 graphics device supported by WDDM driver.
Back up your data
After ensuring that your PC is equipped with the above system requirements, you can begin with the upgrade process. Although Microsoft assures that the upgrade does not result in data loss, it is good that you take precaution by backing up your important data. You can back all your valuable data to an external storage device and then proceed with the upgrade.
There are two upgrade methods; ISO or Windows Store. If you have an active and uninterrupted internet connection, it is good to upgrade your OS via the Windows Store. If you don’t, upgrade through ISO. Since Windows Store method is easier, better go for it.
Navigate to the official website of Microsoft and locate the link to upgrade to Windows 8.1 update. Follow the on-screen directions to complete the upgrade. It may take several minutes depending on the speed of your internet connection.
You must have successfully upgraded your OS to Windows 8.1. In case any problem occurs during the upgrade process, get in touch with an expert immediately or visit the how to upgrade to Windows 8 section in the Microsoft help forum.Read more »
Nowadays people ask less about how to upgrade to Windows 8, than how to update it, since Windows 8.1 looks to be a much more promising OS to most users. But, there are still those clinging to the OS proper, who wonder aloud on forums if it is still supported, and when and if Microsoft will stop the OS updates. There’s a lot of confusion encircling this, and it’s easy to get lost in it.
So, here’s some clarification. Update 1 is mandatory if you have Windows 8.1 on your PC. Yes, Windows 8.1. If you have Win 8.1 and no Update 1, then you’ll miss out on all subsequent security and non-security updates. Every one of these updates first checks the system to see that you have done the update, and if it cannot find it, it will block any new updates.
Like I mentioned above, there are still (many) people using the original Windows 8 without having done a Win 8.1 installation. The latter is a great improvement by all regards, but users have enough of a problem with using Windows store, to overlook that. Some just can’t get it to work. But the thing is, support for the original Windows 8 will continue as it is, and users will receive monthly updates to protect the operating system. Or, so we thought.
Microsoft’s Product Lifecycle information states that mainstream support for Windows 8 ends in January 2018; extended support for the same is tillJanuary 2023. But if you see the Windows 8.1 FAQ section, it says there’s a time period of 24 months after the Windows 8.1 release, for users to upgrade from Windows 8. So what they’re saying is that Windows 8.1 is a service pack. At this point, the concept of product support cycle gets ambiguous, and the more information Microsoft gives, the worse it looks for people in search of steady OS use.
To users of Windows 7 edition, I’d say there’s no use finding out how to upgrade to Windows 8, if they wanted to do so. Stick to the OS you have until Windows 9 comes out next year, and buy it. Hopefully Microsoft will support that for a longer period. Let’s assume that it doesn’t end up as a “service pack” as well. Or, at least that we’ll know about it before it does.
This is what’s current on Windows 8.1 news updates. For more news on the upcoming Windows Threshold, check out our latest posts.Read more »
Windows 7 mainstream support has only a few more months left to go. This means that it is time you learnt how to upgrade to Windows 8. Though there are now two versions available, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1, some Windows 7 users consider ignoring the whole Windows 8 series and wait for the next Windows OS.
You can upgrade from Windows 8 to Windows 8.1 for free
From all their announcements and reports, it is clear that Windows 8.1 will be treated like an important Service Pack update for the Windows 8 OS. This means that in the next few months, Microsoft will stop supporting the Windows 8 OS versions and the updates will only be available after you installed the Windows 8.1 update.
According to the Microsoft tech support website, this deadline for the Windows 8 is January 12, 2016. So, there is nothing to worry about. Just install the Windows 8 OS and upgrade to Windows 8.1 any time before the deadline. However, if you are upgrading to Windows 8.1 instead, you need to install the Windows 8.1 Update 1 to receive any further updates. Also, Windows 8.1 users will not get any two-year deadline for installing this service pack.
As you can see, all this have confused some of the Windows 7 users, who wanted to know how to upgrade to Windows 8. The best option is to upgrade directly to Windows 8.1 and then installing Update 1. Windows 8.1 is a lot different from the Windows 8 and Microsoft has rectified many OS problems in this update. But, remember that without installing Windows 8.1 Update 1, none of the latest updates will be displayed in your system.
Yet another option is to give the whole Windows 8 generation a miss, as we did with the poorly designed Windows Vista. According to online rumours, Microsoft is working on releasing the next generation Windows OS at the earliest. The release date for this Windows 9 OS is expected to be by the first quarter of 2015, and Microsoft will supposedly bring back the Start Menu in the OS, so that they can at least make their desktop customers happy.
So, if you are looking to upgrade from Windows 7, it may actually be a good idea to wait for a couple of months and keep a close eye on Microsoft’s announcements regarding the next Windows operating system.Read more »
Windows 8 is an operating system released by Microsoft that has a new vibrant user interface. Here we discuss how to upgrade to Windows 8 from your existing Windows operating system.
If you follow the simple instructions give above, you will get the answer for the question, how to upgrade to Windows 8 operating system.Read more »
When Microsoft released Windows 8, most of the Microsoft support forums were flooded with queries and articles on how to upgrade to Windows 8. However, this initial enthusiasm was not seen any further after the operating system began receiving negative reviews from various corners. Even though Microsoft released Windows 8.1 in a damage control move, it was not enough to save the operating system from its bad luck. Now, reports from reliable sources say that Microsoft is all set to release its new operating system Windows 9 by the end of this month.
So, what are the specialties of Windows 9? Although there is no official confirmation or press releases by Microsoft about the features of the new operating system, some of the Windows watchers say that Windows 9 would be bringing back many of the features users were hoping to see in its predecessors, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. For instance, the operating system will see the return of the Start button in Windows operating systems. Remember that the absence of Start button alone had invited numerous criticisms for Windows 8 OS. Other features expected in the operating system are the feature to run the metro app within the desktop window, various other user-friendly modifications etc.
Microsoft was hoping that the end of support for Windows XP operating system could improve the sales of Windows 8 operating system. However, many customers were interested in making an upgrade to Windows 7 since it provided them support until 2020. Microsoft has decided to stop the sales of Windows 7 PCs from October 31. This means, after this date, if you wish to buy a Windows 7 PC, then you would have to look for any of the business machines that have Windows 7 Professional installed in them.
So, why did many businesses not show interest in upgrading to Windows 8? One of the reasons was the big cost that would involve in giving training to the employees on the operating system. This means, once Microsoft ends the mainstream support for Windows 7 and stops the sale of Windows 7 preinstalled PCs, the only operating system for the users to upgrade to would be Windows 8. Since Windows 8 does not enjoy a good reputation, it is advisable that the software giant release Windows 9 as early as possible.
If Microsoft decides to release Windows 9 soon, we might see articles flooding the Microsoft forums about the operating system, just like the ‘how to upgrade to Windows 8′ articles, which we saw during the release of Windows 8.Read more »