Microsoft released its latest Windows 8.1 operating system as a Windows 8 upgrade edition. The reason is that many a number of users who had upgraded to Windows 8 from older Windows operating systems or got it preinstalled in their new PCs found critical issues with the operating system. When these issues were brought to the attention of Microsoft, the software giant decided to provide all Windows 8 users with a free upgrade called Windows 8.1.
Although an upgrade edition, Windows 8.1 will be just like a new operating system for all new users (users who haven’t upgraded to Windows 8 yet). Clearly, the question how to upgrade to Windows 8 should no longer bother users with older Windows operating systems such as Windows XP, Windows 7 or Windows Vista.
Windows Blue, Windows 9 and Windows 8.1
When the news about Microsoft’s new operating system came out, there were many rumours about its name. Some reports suggested that the new OS will be named after Windows 9. Others indicated that the new OS will be named after Windows Blue or Windows 8.1. Microsoft finally chose to name the new OS after Windows 8.1. The reason for choosing Windows 8.1 as the name for the new OS, as quoted by Microsoft support personnel, is that it was essentially an addressing of the major Windows 8 problems. Hence, Windows 8.1 serves as both a brand new OS, and an upgrade to the problematic Windows 8.
All existing Windows 8 users with valid product keys can avail the Windows 8.1 update for free. They can download the free Windows 8.1 update files from online and then activate it as per the directions given on the Microsoft support site. Users with older Windows operating systems such as Windows 7, Windows XP or Windows Vista are required to go in for a fresh installation. They can either download Windows 8.1 online and then activate the OS after purchasing the license via credit card, or purchase Windows 8.1 setup DVD from retail stores.
Microsoft has rightly done away with most of the Windows 8 problems in the new Windows 8.1 OS. Interestingly, a few extra features have also been added. The return of the Start button, which was missing in Windows 8 is another notable feature. Worry no longer about how to upgrade to Windows 8. Go for a fresh Windows 8.1 installation.Google+